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The Effect of Placement Context on Brand Persuasiveness

Chan, Fanny Fong Yee, Lowe, Ben (2017) The Effect of Placement Context on Brand Persuasiveness. In: Back to the Future: Using Marketing Basics to Provide Customer Value. Proceedings of the 2017 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference. 2017 AMS Annual Conference. . Springer ISBN 978-3-319-66022-6. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-66023-3_104) (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

This empirical study extends the existing advertising literature to explore the effect of humor in less conventional advertising, product placement. Product placement, or the integration of branded information in media content, has been extensively studied in the past three decades. However, the context of product placement is comparatively under researched. Product placement context refers to the circumstances under which a brand was placed. Previous content analyses have shown that product placement tends to be largely associated with humorous elements (La Ferle and Edwards 2006). Humor has been shown to influence traditional advertising (Eisend 2009), but its effect within embedded advertising has yet to be systematically examined. In addition, most previous studies were conducted in Western cultures (e.g., US and the European countries). This study accounts for this gap by studying general consumers in a Chinese context and explores the effect of humor on the persuasiveness of placed brands. This study predicts and finds that humor facilitates the recall of placed brands and has a positive impact on brand attitudes. This affective effect of humor in product placement is determined by two moderating factors include program involvement and psychological trait reactance. A content analysis of 225 hours of prime-time television programs were conducted follows by a quasi-experimental study of 1100 television viewers. It was found that humor has a positive effect on brand attitudes for participants with high involvement with the program. Psychological trait reactance interacts with humor to influence brand attitude. Specifically, individuals with high trait reactance are more positive toward brands placed in a humorous context while low trait reactance are more positive toward brands placed in a non-humorous context. The theoretical and managerial implications derived from the findings together with the research avenues are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-319-66023-3_104
Uncontrolled keywords: Product placement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5415 Marketing
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Marketing
Depositing User: Ben Lowe
Date Deposited: 29 May 2017 23:32 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61878 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lowe, Ben: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5041-600X
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