Types of Advertising Media

Advertising media exist in two major categories – above-the-line media and below-the-line media.

Above-the-line media are the major media of advertising which include the print media – newspapers, magazines, books; electronic media – radio, television, the Internet; out-of-home media – outdoor media (bill boards, posters, spectaculars), and transit media (taxis, buses).

Below-the-line/specialty media are ‘minor’ media of advertising, often containing not more than three elements basically used to complement the major media of advertising. They include Key holders, openers, polythene bags, wrist watches, T-shirts, towels etc.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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