The importance of the context in brand extension: How pictures and comparisons shift consumers' focus from fit to quality

Tom Meyvis*, Kelly Goldsmith, Ravi Dhar

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Abstract

It is well established that consumers' evaluations of brand extensions depend on the quality of the parent brand and the fit between that brand and the extension category. The authors propose that the relative importance of these two factors is influenced by two key features of a typical shopping environment: the presence of visual information and the availability of comparison brands. In particular, the authors demonstrate that adding pictures and enabling brand comparisons shift consumers' preference from extensions of better-fitting brands to extensions of higherquality brands. The authors propose that this occurs because pictures and brand comparisons create a more concrete representation of the extension, which in turn increases the importance of parent brand quality relative to brand-extension fit. They provide support for this underlying mechanism and discuss the practical implications of their findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-217
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marketing Research
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Brand comparisons
  • Brand extension
  • Decision context
  • Shoppers' mindset
  • Visual information

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Marketing

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