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Is a Picture Always Worth a Thousand Words? The Impact of Presentation Formats in Consumers’ Early Evaluation of Really New Products

Feiereisen, Stephanie, Wong, Veronica, Broderick, Amanda J. (2013) Is a Picture Always Worth a Thousand Words? The Impact of Presentation Formats in Consumers’ Early Evaluation of Really New Products. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30 (S1). pp. 159-173. ISSN 0737-6782. (doi:10.1111/jpim.12069) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Really new products (RNPs) enable consumers to do things they have never been able to do before. However, research has shown that consumers have difficulties understanding the benefits of such novel products, and therefore adoption intentions remain low. Mental simulations and analogies have been identified as effective framing strategies to convey the benefits of RNPs. However, existing research has focused solely on the use of mental simulations and analogies conveyed using words, whereas these can also be conveyed using pictures. Although the general consumer research literature points to a superiority effect of pictures, because the underlying mechanisms that individuals use to understand RNPs differ entirely from those used for traditional products, there is a need to study the impact of pictures for RNPs. Moreover, prior work has not examined differences in RNP type. The present research argues that RNPs can be utilitarian, hedonic, or hybrid and that the optimal presentation format (words vs. pictures) is contingent upon the type of RNP considered. Consequently, failure to acknowledge this distinction could lead to negative consequences. The present study aims to identify the impact of alternative presentation formats (i.e. words vs. pictures) presented using different framing strategies (i.e. analogies vs. mental simulations) on individual responses (i.e. product comprehension and attitude to the product) to three types of RNPs (i.e. utilitarian vs. hedonic vs. hybrid). Hypotheses are tested by means of an experimental study. The results of the study show that the effectiveness of alternative combinations of framing strategies and presentation formats in enhancing comprehension and attitude for RNPs depends on product type (utilitarian vs. hedonic vs. hybrid). The empirical findings presented not only extend prior work on consumer responses to mental simulations and analogies for RNPs but also establish connections between this literature and an underdeveloped stream of research on hybrid products, as well as a broader stream of research on utilitarian vs. hedonic product benefits. The findings suggest that practitioners may not have been using optimal marketing communications strategies to convey the benefits of RNPs. Strategies which may help enhance consumer responses to RNPs by taking into consideration product type (utilitarian vs. hedonic vs. hybrid) are put forward.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jpim.12069
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Marketing
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2013 10:07 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 09:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32878 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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