The History of Advertising

  • 28 December 2011

Though advertising has been around for a while, it’s a lot older than most people think. In 2000 BC, the Ancient Egyptians advertised by carving public notices into steel. Now, four thousand years later, we’ve gotten to the point where online advertising has overtaken print and radio to become the second biggest medium for ad spend.

Along the way there have been a few forms of advertising that we wish weren’t invented– we’re looking at you, infomercials and pop-ups — but overall, ads have created a convenient way for businesses to get the word out about their products.

Check out the illustration created by infolinks below:

History of Advertising Infographic

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