The Use of Childhood Icons in Nostalgic Appeals for Charity.

Altaf Merchant*, Kathryn LaTour, John B. Ford, Michael S. LaTour

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the current inquiry we add to the emerging research (Ford and Merchant, 2010; Merchant, Ford and Rose, 2011; Zhou, Wildschut, Sedikides, Shi and Feng, 2011) on the influence of nostalgia on charitable donations, by examining the role of childhood icons. We contend that marketers can bank on the value of consumer memories but there are aspects, like icons, that they shouldn’t messed with when trying to appeal to the past, such as PBS’ move to promoting Cookie Monster as Veggie Monster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDevelopments in Marketing Science
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameDevelopments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science
ISSN (Print)2363-6165
ISSN (Electronic)2363-6173

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing
  • Strategy and Management


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