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Investors’ reactions to company advertisements: the persuasive effect of product-featuring ads

Aspara, Jaakko and Chakravarti, Amitav (2015) Investors’ reactions to company advertisements: the persuasive effect of product-featuring ads. European Journal of Marketing, 49 (5-6). pp. 943-967. ISSN 0309-0566

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Identification Number: 10.1108/EJM-11-2013-0661


Purpose – This article aims to focus on product-featuring advertising targeted to stock investors – that is, ads that provide investors with impressions about the company’s products, over and above financial information. The purpose is to explicate and test the psychological mechanisms by which such ads may exert influence on investors. Design/methodology/approach – An experiment is conducted with a representative sample of real investors, to test the effect and explore the underlying mechanisms. Two additional laboratory experiments reveal moderating factors of this effect. Findings – The results show that highlighting the company’s product features in an investor ad increases investors’ interest in investing in the company’s stock, by enhancing investors’ subjective evaluations of the company’s products. This effect emerges independent of factors related to preexisting brand perceptions (e.g. brand recognizability and likeability) and is mediated by dual causal channels: by increasing expectations about the company’s financial returns and by increasing affective attachment with the company’s products. Research limitations/implications – The findings identify and confirm different mechanisms of the effect of investor ads, but the relative magnitude of the effects is not generalizable. Practical implications – The results provide corporate marketing, corporate communications and investor relations professionals insights into how investors may be attracted by product-featuring advertisements. Originality/value – The study is the first to explicate the different channels of influence through which product-featuring ads may affect investors’ willingness to invest in companies.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2015 11:05
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:58

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