The Situational Impact of Brand Image Beliefs
University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Pamela M. Homer
California State University, Long Beach - College of Business Administration
Journal of Consumer Psychology, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 318-330, 2004
This study experimentally examines some situational influences on the formation and consequences of two brand image/personality beliefs, pertaining to fun and sophistication (classiness). It experimentally tests McCracken's (1986) meaning transfer mechanisms and establishes that non-verbalized personality associations of celebrity endorsers on these dimensions do indeed reinforce equivalent consumer beliefs about a brand's fun and classiness benefits, but only if a social consumption context is evoked, and only if the brand image beliefs are appropriate to the consumer schema for the product category involved. Moreover, under these facilitating conditions, such ad-created brand image beliefs have an impact only on brand purchase intentions, and not on brand attitudes. Results have implications for the growing literature on different types of brand imagery associations, as well as for future research on the processing of nonverbal stimuli, the measurement of non-functional brand beliefs, and consumer inference processes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: Brand Image, Brand Personality, Nonverbal Advertising, Celebrity Advertising, Non-functional brand beliefs
Date posted: June 10, 2004
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