Distinctively different: Exposure to multiple brands in low-elaboration settings

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Journal Article

Consumers see many brands during the course of a day but often pay very little attention to how such exposures will influence their subsequent decisions. This research examines how being exposed to multiple brands at once affects consumers' reactions to these brands, particularly when little effort is exerted in processing this information. Focusing on the role of brand personalities, we argue that when a focal brand is seen with a brand that has a dissimilar personality, it will seem more distinctive and thus garner more positive consumer reactions than if it is seen with a brand that has a similar personality. The first two experiments provide support for the positive impact of dissimilar brand personalities under lowelaboration settings. The last two experiments examine the process that leads to stronger preferences for the focal brand and suggest that enhanced distinctiveness benefits the focal brand by differentiating it from similar competitors. © 2013 by JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yang, LW; Cutright, KM; Chartrand, TL; Fitzsimons, GJ

Published Date

  • February 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 973 - 992

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0093-5301

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/673522

Citation Source

  • Scopus