Combating Ad Burnout

Combating Ad Burnout

What makes an ad forgettable? Call it burnout or call it tune-out, the best expression of that phenomenon I’ve ever heard is not some complex verbal dissertation but just a very simple sound. I think Charles Shultz demonstrated it perfectly whenever we heard the familiar “wah wah wah” used to characterize the voice for every adult in a Peanuts cartoon. Kids are notorious for tuning out their parents, who often come across to them as nagging or monotonous. But why do adults tune out certain voices, perfectly good faces or entire print...

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