Print advertising: Type size effects

Kishore Gopalakrishna Pillai, Constantine S. Katsikeas, Caterina Presi

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Previous research identifies two types of advertising comprehension—objective comprehension and subjective comprehension—with the former message-based and the latter receiver-based. This study examines the effects of body-copy type size on readers' subjective and objective comprehension of the message in a typical print ad. The study finds that type size has a significant positive effect on subjective comprehension of the ad, but not on objective comprehension. Subjective comprehension mediates the positive effect of type size on attitude toward the advertised product. The main implication of the study is that advertisers should use as large a type size as possible for the copy in all ads that contain text.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-868
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Business Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Subjective comprehension
  • Objective comprehension
  • Type size
  • Attitude toward the advertised product

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