Ordinary Objects Become Meaningful: Lacoste Challenge Perfume Advertisement
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The organizational process behind making ads is complicated. Many things can be discovered when you look into the deeper meanings behind an advertisement. The advertisement that I chose to interpret through semiotic analysis came from Vogue Magazine, advertising the new Lactose perfume for men called Lacoste Challenge. This is a very recent ad, made to advertise this new fragrance for men, and it features celebrity actor Hayden Christensen as the new model for the promotion of this new perfume. This ad is pretty straight forward and general, but what else is missing? What other details were included in the development of this ad that makes it so effective to consumers? Through this semiotic analysis, the study of signs, I’m going to take a look at how the specific cultural meanings, as well as what the feelings, ideas and representations affect what we see, and what we don’t.
First we are going to take a look at the denotative level of the advertisement, which is the literal, and common sense meaning behind the ad. In this specific ad, the central focal point is a man holding a long rectangular shaped bottle. He is a white male, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is wearing a navy blue collar shirt, with a pair of light blue denim jeans. His stance suggests that he is in motion. The bottle he is holding is filled with some yellowish looking liquid. On the bottle is a small picture of an animal, that same animal is featured in the top right hand corner of the page with some text. There is more of the same text positioned in the center of the ad across the man, as well as below him in a black rectangle. The text fonts are similar. Also in the background of the picture we can make out the blurry outline of the top of a car, which is ...
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...the advertisement companies want us to believe.
Finally, through this semiotic analysis breakdown of the Lacoste Challenge Perfume ad, we can see the different things that have been strategically incorporated into the ad to make us think a certain way when we read the ad. The long process and hard work put into creating a great advertisement takes hours at a time, and depending on the quality requires a lot of money to make. A good advertisement is eye-catching, but simple, and is always memorable. There is so much more behind an ad that we don’t see; the underlying meanings, specific symbols chosen and used to represent a deeper meaning then the one we perceive at first glance. Advertisement makes ordinary objects meaningful. It gives everything a unique definition that we as consumers find appealing, proving that advertisement is effective throughout society.