Materialism, cosmopolitanism, and emotional brand attachment: the roles of self-congruity and perceived brand globalness

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This study investigates how materialism and cosmopolitanism affect emotional brand attachment, a key driver of consumer brand equity. Further, it sheds light onto the contingent role of ideal self-congruity and perceived brand globalness in such relationships. The study uses a cross-sectional online survey of consumers of electronic brands in a market of major economic importance, China, where global brands of domestic and foreign origin engage in head-to-head competition. Based on data on 623 consumer-brand relationships, the study shows that materialism and cosmopolitanism are positively associated with emotional brand attachment when brands are high in ideal self-congruity, i.e., when they reflect an aspirational, idealized view of the consumer’s self. Further, the study shows that materialists (but not cosmopolitans) show emotional attachment to brands perceived as global, even when such brands are low in aspirational value. The study uncovers two new antecedents of emotional brand attachment and presents implications for managers making segmentation and brand strategy decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Early online date24 Dec 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Dec 2018

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