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Identity salience and shifts in product preferences of Hispanic consumers: Cultural relevance of product attributes as a moderator


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  • Chattaraman, Veena
  • Rudd, Nancy A.
  • Lennon, Sharron J.
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    Culturally relevant products, services, and communications play a crucial role in the success of ethnic targeted marketing. Employing a bi-dimensional approach, two studies examine how cultural relevance of product attributes interacts with acculturation level, and situational and contextual factors to affect product attribute evaluations (PAE) of Hispanic consumers. Across both studies, cultural relevance had main effects on PAE. In Study 1, cultural relevance interacted with cultural situations to affect PAE. Hispanic consumers evaluated Hispanic (or Mainstream) relevant product attributes more favorably when exposed to a Hispanic (or Mainstream) cultural situation. In Study 2, cultural relevance interacted independently with cultural primes and acculturation level to significantly affect PAE. PAE shifted as a result of cultural primes and moved toward being typical to the activated cultural identity. Results are discussed in the context of consumer acculturation, social identity-based consumption, biculturalism, and cultural frame shifting.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Research.

    Volume (Year): 62 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 8 (August)
    Pages: 826-833

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:62:y:2009:i:8:p:826-833

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    Keywords: Cultural relevance Identity Salience Acculturation Hispanic;


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