Michel Wedel

Why Clever Ads Can Backfire

One theory of advertising holds that display ads need a degree of nuance or visual complexity in order to capture the viewer's attention. But that fails to take into account the increasingly cluttered and hectic context in which ads are viewed today, according to Michel Wedel, distinguished university professor and PepsiCo Chair in Consumer Science at the Smith School. In many cases, Wedel argues, simple is better. Read more ...

University of Maryland Marketing Professor Wins Top Award

College Park, Md. – August 11, 2008 – Michel Wedel, PepsiCo Professor of Consumer Science at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, recently received the American Marketing Association’s Gilbert A. Churchill Award for lifetime achievement in the academic study of marketing research. Dr. Wedel received his award at the American Marketing Association’s Summer Marketing Educators’ Conference in San Diego on August 9.

The Eyes Have It

Michel Wedel

It’s not often that a lecture on advertising effectiveness begins with a primer on biology. But for Michel Wedel, Pepsico Professor of Consumer Science, learning about how customers respond to ads begins with learning how a customer actually sees.


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