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Consumer Distinctiveness and Advertising Persuasion


  • Grier, Sonya A.

    (Stanford U)

  • Brumbaugh, Anne M.

    (Wake Forest U)


This chapter discusses the significance of distinctiveness theory for understanding advertising persuasion in multicultural marketplaces. First, we define distinctiveness theory, reviewing the initial empirical tests that formed the distinctiveness postulate and describing its underlying psychological assumptions. We also discuss other research that extends various elements of distinctiveness theory and attests to its robustness. Then, we review consumer applications of distinctiveness theory, and link this discussion to our understanding of the psychological processes affecting advertising responses. Our goal is to demonstrate how powerful this distinctiveness construct is in understanding advertising persuasion among multicultural audiences. Finally, we suggest directions for future research that capitalize on and extend the distinctiveness construct.

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  • Grier, Sonya A. & Brumbaugh, Anne M., 2002. "Consumer Distinctiveness and Advertising Persuasion," Research Papers 1735, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:stabus:1735

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    1. Brumbaugh, Anne M, 2002. "Source and Nonsource Cues in Advertising and Their Effects on the Activation of Cultural and Subcultural Knowledge on the Route to Persuasion," Journal of Consumer Research, Oxford University Press, vol. 29(2), pages 258-269, September.
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