Do Interruptions Pay Off? Effects of Interruptive Ads on Consumers’ Willingness to Pay

Alessandro Acquisti, Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


We present the results of a study designed to measure the impact of interruptive advertising on consumers' willingness to pay for products bearing the advertiser's brand. Subjects participating in a controlled experiment were exposed to ads that diverted their attention from a computer game they were testing. We measured subjects' willingness to pay for a good associated with the advertised brand. We found that the ads significantly lowered the willingness to pay for goods associated with the advertising brand. We do not find conclusive evidence that providing some level of user control over the appearance of ads mitigates the negative impact of ad interruption. Our results contribute to the research on the economic impact of advertising, and introduce a method of measuring actual (as opposed to self-reported) willingness to pay in experimental marketing research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226 - 240
JournalJournal of Interactive Marketing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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