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IELTS® Speaking 3 Practice 1

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In part 3, it'll be a two-way discussion. The examiner will ask you further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions are designed to give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas.

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    1. What are popular types of advertising in today’s world?
    2. What type of media advertising do you like most?
    3. Do you think advertising influences what people buy?
    4. What factors should be taken into account when making advertisements?
    5. Is advertising really necessary in modern society?
    6. Let’s move on from types of advertising to the impact of advertising on children. How does advertising influence children?
    7. Is there any advertising that can be harmful to children?

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What are popular types of advertising in today’s world?

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There are many popular ways companies can choose to advertise. In today’s world, the top three advertisement types are probably internet ads, TV ads, and signs. Internet ads are obviously popular because they are cheap, yet they are highly effective, and can be targeted to the customer based on their online habits. On the other hand, TV ads are probably equally as popular, because although they are more expensive, they will be viewed by a large number of people watching TV. Lastly, signs are popular to use for ads because they can be put into specific places where potential customers might see them, like department stores. So, those are some of the most popular ways to advertise.


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What types of advertising do you like?

Back in the day, I used to enjoy those catchy jingles on prime-time TV. Normally, at least one in ten TV commercials would have some kind of entertaining slogan that could really crack me up. Sadly, with all the banal Internet ads these days, creative advertisements are few and far between.

Billboards and newspaper ads are about the only types of advertising I can tolerate. And only because I can easily pay no attention to them whatsoever. This is not the case with all those annoying pop-ups on the Internet or the notorious commercials on TV that abound during prime-time viewing.

What types of advertising do you dislike?

I detest various forms of covert advertising, which are plentiful, if you ask me. Sometimes, you find and watch a decent film, only to realise that it is packed with product placement. As far as I am concerned, such forms of advertising have no accountability to the public and should be banned.

Internet ads, especially on Google and Facebook, can get really annoying. There are times my newsfeed is drowning in ads and my inbox is flooded with spam emails. Some of them are rather attention-grabbing, but on closer inspection, they almost always have hidden disclaimers.

What popular types of advertising are there in today’s world?

Internet ads are definitely all the rage. Some of them are quite creative, using vigorous words and entertaining slogans. One must be wary of false advertising, though, as the Internet abounds with companies that lack integrity.

Gone are the days of those Madison Avenue provocative advertisements, full of celebrity endorsements, misleading words, and exaggerated claims. Today, only genuine types of advertising count. In my opinion, testimonials from real customers and word-of-mouth advertising reign supreme.

Why do you think there are so many advertisements nowadays?

I believe it has become immensely hard to get your product or service noticed. In the past, transit advertising and promotional flyers could do the trick. In this day and age, advertising calls for utmost creativity, and one must truly excel in guerilla marketing to succeed.

Unless your business has a strong focus on the local community, you need to get inventive with advertising. Luckily, there is no shortage of forms of advertising out there. From catchy tunes on the radio to telemarketing to cold calling, you’d be hard-pressed to not know how to stand out.

What are the various places where we see advertisements?

One curious aspect of advertising is that its old forms don’t seem to go anywhere. They are here to stay, and in this day and age, you can see the non-intrusive Google ads and the good old aggressive sponsorship alike. It seems that there is no escape from advertising.

It is my strong belief that various types of advertising evolve in parallel with media. Take classified ads, for example. In the past, you would only see them in newspapers and magazines, but nowadays, you can notice them on TV and on the Internet alike.

Types of advertisements

  • Commercials/TV commercials/Commercial advertising
  • Promotional flyers
  • Classified advertisements/classified ads/newspaper ads
  • Internet ads (Facebook/Google ads/internet pop-ups)
  • Billboard: a large outdoor board for displaying advertisements; 
  • Telemarketing
  • Covert advertising: The phrase "covert advertising" refers to advertising that is hidden in other media, such as an actor in a movie drinking a Coca-Cola. It is referred to as "covert" because it is not direct advertising, but subliminally viewers often notice the product.
  • Transit advertising: Transit advertising is advertising placed in or on modes of public transportation or in public transportation areas
  • Sponsorship: money that is given, usually by a company, to support a person, organization or activity
  • Guerrilla marketing: Guerrilla marketing is an advertisement strategy in which a company uses surprise and/or unconventional interactions in order to promote a product or service

Primetime: the time at which a radio or television audience is expected to be at its highest.

Cold calling:  make an unsolicited visit or telephone call to (someone), in an attempt to sell goods or services.

Testimonial: a formal written statement about the qualities of a product or service:

Product placement: a form of advertising in which a product appears or is mentioned as part of a film or television programme

Celebrity endorsement: An endorsement is a form of public support or approval. Endorsements are given to politicians and products. If you give something an endorsement, you're basically saying "I approve of this person or product."

Jingle: a light ringing sound such as that made by metal objects being shaken together.

Word of mouth: If news or information passes by word of mouth, people tell it to each other rather than it being printed in written form.

Slogan: a short and striking or memorable phrase used in advertising.

Provocative: If you describe something as provocative, you mean that it is intended to make people react angrily or argue against it.

Positive and negative impacts of advertising on society

The positive impact of advertising

The negative impact of advertising

For customers:

Help consumers choose between different goods/make informed choices about different goods

For companies:

Be vital/indispensable to sales

Reach the target audience

promote/spread brand awareness

Level the playing field

Social advertising inform people of social issues such as drunk driving and drug abuses

Entice/sway/lure consumers to purchase goods that are not of necessity

Buy things impulsively

Customers are swayed by false advertising