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Hierarchy of needs in residential advertisements


Yunus, Nurafazeera and Mohd Kasim, Zalina and Hossein, Vahid Nimehchisalem and Mat Hussin, Nur Izyan Syamimi (2016) Hierarchy of needs in residential advertisements. Journal of Language and Communication, 3 (1). pp. 97-108. ISSN 2289-649X


This study explored how advertisements emphasise individuals’ needs as a way to persuade them. More specifically, it investigated which ‘need’ is addressed more commonly by web advertisements according to the ‘Ideal’ and ‘Real’ concepts respectively. For this purpose, five web advertisements related to residential areas were analysed qualitatively based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Based on Maslow’s five-stage model (1954), individuals have biological and physiological needs (e.g., air and food), safety needs, love and belongingness needs, esteem needs (e.g., self-respect and prestige), and self-actualization needs (e.g., self-fulfilment). The results showed that the advertisers tend to focus on the individuals’ esteem needs compared to others. This research opens up a different perspective to view persuasion in advertisements. Further studies are required to investigate individuals’ needs reflected in other types of advertisements using different methods.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Advertisements; Hierarchy of needs; Persuasion
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 05:29
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 05:29
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/50372
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