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When Brand Personality Matters: The Moderating Role of Attachment Styles

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  • Vanitha Swaminathan
  • Karen M. Stilley
  • Rohini Ahluwalia
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    This research examines the moderating role of consumer's attachment style in the impact of brand personality. Findings support our hypotheses regarding the manner in which brand personality and attachment style differences systematically influence brand outcomes, including brand attachment, purchase likelihood, and brand choice. Results show that anxiously attached individuals are more likely to be differentially influenced by brand personalities. Further, the results indicate that the level of avoidance predicts the types of brand personality that are most relevant to anxious individuals. Specifically, under conditions of high avoidance and high anxiety, individuals exhibit a preference for exciting brands; however, under conditions of low avoidance and high anxiety, individuals tend to prefer sincere brands. The differential preference for sincere (vs. exciting) brand personality emerges in public (vs. private) consumption settings and in settings where interpersonal relationship expectations are high, supporting a signaling role of brand personality in these contexts. (c) 2008 by JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, Inc..

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    Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Consumer Research.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 6 (04)
    Pages: 985-1002

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    Handle: RePEc:ucp:jconrs:v:35:y:2009:i:6:p:985-1002

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    3. Sweetin, Vernon H. & Knowles, Lynette L. & Summey, John H. & McQueen, Kand S., 2013. "Willingness-to-punish the corporate brand for corporate social irresponsibility," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(10), pages 1822-1830.
    4. Valette-Florence, Pierre & Guizani, Haythem & Merunka, Dwight, 2011. "The impact of brand personality and sales promotions on brand equity," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 64(1), pages 24-28, January.
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    6. André Luiz Maranhão de Souza Leão & Thiago Ianatoni Camargo & Rodrigo César Tavares Cavalcanti, 2013. "Like a wave on the ocean: the fluid personality of the movimento brand," Brazilian Business Review, Fucape Business School, vol. 10(3), pages 34-52, July.

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