Series editor(s): Professor Russell W. Belk
Subject Area: Marketing
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|Title:||Cue congruency and product involvement effects on generation y attitudes|
|Volume:||12 Editor(s): Russell W. Belk ISBN: 978-0-85724-443-7 eISBN: 978-0-85724-444-4|
|Citation:||Timothy Heinze (2010), Cue congruency and product involvement effects on generation y attitudes, in Russell W. Belk (ed.) 12 (Research in Consumer Behavior, Volume 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.75-99|
|DOI:||10.1108/S0885-2111(2010)0000012006 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Purpose – To better understand the general marketing sensitivities of Generation Y and the manner in which Congruency Theory and the Elaboration Likelihood Model (ELM) may apply.
Design/methodology/approach – A quantitative two-factor (peripheral cue congruency and relative product involvement) between-subjects design was used to determine the attitudinal impact associated with the use of congruous peripheral cues in high- and low-involvement product situations.
Findings – Generation Y's attitudinal responses to peripheral cues both align with and vary from the general predictions of the ELM. Relative product involvement is more important than peripheral cue congruency in the formation of attitudes toward an advertisement.
Originality/value – Generation Y is a powerful social and economic consumer group whose attitudinal responses to marketing appeals have not been extensively studied. The current study furthers understanding within this important arena.
Research implications/limitations – The use of congruent peripheral cues is not sufficient to generate positive attitudes in both high- and low-involvement product scenarios. Effective marketing must move beyond cue congruency to include an involved “lifestyle fit” that will effectively generate positive attitudes. Limitations include the sole review of print advertisements and a sole reliance on college-attending members of Generation Y. Future research should examine the impact of congruency on advertisements whose strategic intent focuses on awareness or action rather than on mere attitude change.
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