Online advertising is considered the pillar of “free” compared to the traditional way of advertising such as in a magazine or in the newspaper. The current model of advertising is based on what the marketers want consumers to see. Advertisers have a way of presenting a topic such as smoking and making it sound as though it’s not bad for you. Consumers want to see what is new and will follow a trend. Marketers have to use their own morals whether they want to present information to consumers. Most marketers will do whatever will benefit their company even if it doesn’t necessarily benefit the customer. It has become increasingly easy for marketers to gain information from consumers due to social media on the internet.
I do believe that this current model of online advertising is dangerous to society. Not only do advertisers have the ability to convince consumers that they need a product, but marketers have the ability to target consumers based on past search history. It was stated in the article “The End of Privacy” that “Facebook is a data harvesting platform”. The goal of Facebook is to gain as much data as they can. Facebook was originally created in order for friends and family to connect and share information and pictures about their lives. Marketers have realized that figuring out what humans want is a difficult thing to do and in order to be as successful as they can, they need as much data as they can collect. Overall, I would give the online advertising a score of 4 as dangerous to society. Society is lacking privacy. It has gotten to the point of consumers having to put tape over their computer cameras to “not be watched”. Collecting data has gotten out of hand.
Creating a code of ethics for digital marketers would include
- Creating a relationship with consumers to gain the correct information in an ethical way
- Maintain high standards
After reading the article, “What Have Ethics Got to Do With Digital Marketing”, it was apparent how easy it is for marketers to find information about consumers. Social media has been a big impact on data collection. Social media is a big part of daily lives and consumers are constantly posting about what they like and what they don’t like. Marketers have to use their ethics and decide if collecting certain data is unethical. Not only is collecting unethical data using bad morals, it also damages brands. Yet, who defines if it is good morals or not. It was said in the “Small Business” article, that if a consumer is going to post about something, it is “free” to the web. Marketers have called this a “free exchange”. Marketers need to create an ethical handbook to discuss what is morally right and wrong. On the other hand, another article, “Talking the Internet”, starting that the internet can be fake and fixed. People can now buy followers for their social media accounts including Twitter and Instagram. This is making it harder for marketers to find truthful data.
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