In this paper I seek to inquire upon audience's perceptions of creativity in online advertising - a heretofore poorly understood area. This paper initially outlines current academic understanding of creativity in online advertising, mainly derived from quantitative assessments. It then advances a qualitative methodology including diary-interviews and ethnographic online interviews across 41 participants. My starting point is a critique of the most comprehensive conceptual intervention in the area of advertising creativity - Smith and Yang's (2004) typology of "relevance" and "divergence". I assess to what extent this typology emerges from my participants' data. Two key features of relevance - contextual relevance and intrusiveness - are explored in depth, producing deeper insights into their nature as perceived by participants.
Online, Advertising, Creativity, Qualitative, Typology, Diary, and Relevance
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McStay, A. (2010). A Qualitative Approach to Understanding Audience's Perceptions of Creativity in Online Advertising. The Qualitative Report, 15(1), 37-58. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol15/iss1/3