Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965
Delve into the pseudo-psychological world behind the advertising of some of America’s biggest brands. What motivates women and men to buy and how can knowing that be used to sell?
A unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst and market research pioneer.
The collection is a treasure trove of information on some of America’s best known brands, containing thousands of reports commissioned by companies such as Philip Morris, Chrysler, Exxon and CBS on consumer goods ranging from tobacco and broadcasting to cars and hotels.
The work of Dichter and his Institute for Motivational Research provided the building blocks for many of the great campaigns of advertising’s golden age – including Exxon’s famous “put a tiger in your tank” campaign and the slogan “bet you can’t just eat one” for Frito-Lays – as well as facilitating the successful introduction of Mattel’s Barbie Doll.
This collection provides researchers of consumer culture, business, advertising, marketing and psychology with a wealth of documentation. Document highlights inlude:
- Why women buy
- How to get more people to go to the movies
- Attitudes and motivations of the American voter
- Cigarette advertising: the untapped possibilities – a creative memorandum on the psychology of smoking
- A motivational research study of the Negro market for Esso gasoline, services and related products
- Creative research memorandum on the psychology of hot dogs
- A creative memorandum on psychological advertising of toys to parents
- Cigarette smoking among women
- Sexual attitudes in the United Kingdom – today
- Marketing Chrysler automobiles in a rapidly-changing society
- The role of supermarkets in our modern culture
- A pilot study on the Bird’s Eye logo
- Hagley Museum and Library
- Duke University
- The Advertising Archives
- Case studies
- Pilot Studies
- John Desmond, University of St Andrews
- Joseph Malherek, George Washington University
- Stefan Schwarzkopf, Copenhagen Business School
- Gender/Women's Studies
- Chapter from Betty Friedan
- Case studies
- Business biographies
- External links