How Attitudes Toward Product Categories Drive Individual Brand Attitudes and Choice
31 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2015 Last revised: 21 Apr 2015
Date Written: April 1, 2015
Three experiments examine the role of attitudes toward the category to which a brand belongs in consumers’ attitudes toward individual brands. The core findings indicate that what consumers think generally about a category affects their evaluations of singular brands belonging to the category. Study 1 demonstrates that both consumers’ attitudes towards a category as well as their relative attitudes toward a brand versus intra-category competitors drive overall attitudes toward individual brands. Study 2 shows that manipulating attitudes towards a product category affects attitudes toward, and purchase intention of, individual brands belonging to that category. Study 3 demonstrates that more versus less favorably evaluated categories are more likely to exhibit brand positivity effects in judgments of singular brands. The results suggest the practical importance of measuring attitudes toward product categories, as well as the utility of marketing interventions aimed at the category level.
Keywords: attitudes, brand choice, product categories
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