The rapid growth of information technology has enhanced the importance of online advertising. Out of the innovations of the information technology, internet is by far the most attracting considerable media.
Moreover, the internet is emerging as the most important source of information because of its ease wealth of information. Furthermore consumers shopping online may modify or change the way they search for information to take advantage of certain characteristics of the internet (Peterson and Merino, 2003)
With the growing age of the internet and the increasing trend of people using the internet, and the increasing trend of people using the internet for shopping and searching, the marketers are facing a lot of competition in order to keep in mind what the consumers are looking for and hot to target them.
There are four factors affecting the consumer buying behaviors namely Psychological, Social, Personal and cultural. In some studies the cultural factor has been taken separately but in most studies the cultural factors come under the social factors. For this research the psychological factors will be taken into account and the main focus will be on the beliefs and attitudes of the consumers.
Online advertising became popular in the early 20th century in the United States. Internet advertising continues to grow and capture the attention of traditional and new direct marketers. Online stores can do many of the things like the real stores such as display products, offer special deals, take orders from customers, and process credit card transactions. The only thing that is extra is to add a shipping charge and then process the shipping. In the beginning, the consumers only relied on the internet for information. They would search for the products online, look up for the alternatives but were hesitant to buy it. But with the passage of time and increase in awareness, consumers now shop online. At first, only luxurious items were purchased online. Owing to awareness, consumers now shop online. At first, only luxurious items were purchased online. For example, laptops, cameras etc. But now-a-days people in the more developed countries often buy their groceries online.
The inclination of people towards online advertising in Nigeria is also in its infancy period. The people are somewhat reluctant to buy things online, this is because of the increasing trend of online frauds and because of this trend, and the websites could not be trusted fully.
Various Researches carried out in the past has proven that the average man watches over 40,000 commercial ads in a year which is quite many. Some companies such as Proctor and Gamble, AT&T spend up to 4 billion dollars a year on advertising. The official definition of advertising is an impersonal one way mass communication about a product or service that is paid for by the marketer.
Advertising, public relation, sales promotion and personal selling are all essential parts of the promotional mix of a marketing plan. Advertising is everywhere and reaches consumers all day. The amount companies spend on advertising is amazing. Advertising also plays an important role in developing sales and market share.
In general, most companies need to spend an enormous amount of money on advertising to maintain their market share and to keep their company and its products on top of their consumers minds, they need to use advertisements as reminders, if not the competitors will be able to steal some of their market share and sales. Traditionally companies that are either smaller or new in market share have to spend a larger amount on advertising that their big competitors. The reason behind this is called advertising response function.
As a promotional strategy, advertising serve as a major tool in creating product awareness in the mind of potential consumer to take the eventual purchase decision. Advertsing, sales promotion and public relations are mass communication tools available to the marketers. Advertising through all medium influence audiences, but the internet at this moment is becoming one of the strongest medium of advertising due to its mass reach, it can influence not only the individuals attitude, but his behavior, lifestyle, exposure and in the long run even the culture of the country (Latif and Abideen 2011).
Consumers are the final end users of the products; they keep the production cycle moving. Consumers do play a vital role in the economic system of any nation, thus any nation will face crises if the consumers don’t have the effective demand for goods produced.
According to Cohen (1988), advertising is a business activity that employs creative techniques to design persuasive communication in mass media that promotes ideas, goods and services in a manner consistent with the achievement of the advertiser’s objective, the delivery of consumer satisfaction and the development of social and economic welfare. (Cohen, 1988)
From Cohen’s definition, it can be found that advertising satisfies three objectives; to increase sales of the firms, to guarantee consumers a great deal of services and finally to ensure the social and economic welfare of the society. Advertising has thus, a stimulating influence on the purchasing behavior of the consumers. Consumers demand different things based on their task and preference for them. Awareness of goods influence consumers purchase of that good.
1.2 Problems of study
With the growing age of the internet and increasing trend of people using the internet for shopping and searching, internet Advertising which in recent times have being utilized by all companies due to the accessibility and wider coverage than the traditional media seems to be the most recent means for adverts . The question now is, does the internet advertisement prove to be very effective than the traditional media? Do people buy product due to internet advertisement? What other factors influence the way people see advertisements?
1.3 Research Objectives
The objectives of this work include the following:
(i) To ascertain the rate of online advertising exposure to students
(ii) To ascertain if online advertising influence consumer buying behavior
(iii) To discover the factors that influence students of Federal Polytechnic Bida’s view of internet advertising.
1.4 Research Question
The purpose of this study is to observe and study the relationship between online advertising and psychological factors of consumers buying behaviors. In evaluating the statement, this study attempts to answer the following questions:
(i) What is the rate of online advertising exposure to student?
(ii) Does online advertising influence consumer buying behavior?
(iii) What factors influence students of Federal Polytechnic, Bida’s view of online advertising?
1.5 Significance of Study
Every research must have significance. Significance is very important because it provides justification for the study, (Khan, 2007). This study is significant in view of the following:
(i) It examines the impact of online advertising in shaping the people’s perception on products. Thus, it proves to be of great benefit to companies who wishes to utilize and invest on internet advertisement
(ii) It sheds more light on how people perceive products and services seen advertised on online. And that the study will provide empirical data to support or disprove supposition about the internet advertisement in the country
(iii) This study also serves as a reference material for students who may desire to carry out similar study.
1.6 Scope of Study
This research focuses on the ‘effect of online advertising on consumer buying behavior’, which is increasing day by day and will focus on students of Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State and enfaces will be laid on students of the institution who have access to online advertising and they will serve as respondents. As it is assumed that in Nigeria generally people share similar characteristics. Based on this assumption the result of this finding could be generalized.
1.7 Limitations of the Study
For a topic like this which is supposed to elicit responses from a larger respondent across the nation or the world at large, this research study is however limited to internet active students of Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State only.
Secondly, there was scarcity of core textbooks on online advertisement. Thus, the researcher relied heavily on online text books, publications and researches
Again, the researcher used only the questionnaire as his primary data collection instrument. This is a limitation as the study can be enriched with direct personal observation so that findings will be all encompassing
Finally, the issue of financial and time constraints cannot be overemphasized. Essentially, the researcher paid heavily for downloaded material from the internet at commercial cyber cafes and the short time for carrying out a wide topic.
1.8 Definition of Terms
Online Advertising: is the form of promotion that uses the internet and world wide web for the express purpose of delivering marketing messages to attract customers.
Consumers buying behavior: This refers to the buying behavior final consumers- individuals and households who buy goods and services for personal consumption.
Attitude: It denotes a learned predisposition to respond to an object in a consistently favorable or unfavorable way. The fact that attitudes are learned means that they will be affected by information and experiences.
Beliefs: This is a descriptive thought that a person/consumer has about something.
Purchase Decision: This simply means that the buyers decision about which brand to purchase or patronize.
Gender: this refers to the distinguishing characteristics between a male and a female.