Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis



Reader 1

Alan Hartley

Reader 2

Stacey Wood

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This study examined how various combinations of colors and fonts in email advertisements affect a consumer’s likelihood of purchasing a product and her judgment of appeal. It further examined overall perceptions of email advertisements. The study conducted a survey containing eighteen simulated emails that was distributed over Amazon MTurk. A total of 116 participants in the United States took the survey. Results showed that most participants preferred a yellow foreground to orange and purple, and a blue background to red and green. Findings also revealed that Georgia font style was consistently preferred over Onyx font style. Results showed that emails comprising of a blue background, yellow foreground and Georgia font style were especially significant in influencing consumers to purchase a product and were the most appealing.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.