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Consumer response to service brand physical elements: Using a semantic priming task to explore implicit understanding of service brand meaning

Abstract : Consumers' responses to design features involve both conscious and non-conscious information processing. The current research therefore argues that a combination of explicit and implicit measures should be used to assess consumer understanding of service brand meaning conveyed by a service brand's physical elements. However, most methods traditionally used to evaluate design meaning are explicit methods, based on conscious cognitive processes. The current research addresses this gap by documenting how understanding of service brand meaning conveyed by a service brand's physical elements can be tapped by an implicit measure. More specifically, it aims to investigate the extent to which a greater ability to decode meaning conveyed by design features results in differences in implicit understanding of service brand meaning. This research uses a Semantic Priming Task to assess associative strength between brand meaning and a service brand's physical elements. Results (N = 157) show that command of the design language, captured by design acumen and involvement in the product category, results in greater ability to implicitly understand brand meaning conveyed by a service brand's physical elements, and moderates the implicit-explicit relationship. Results suggest that combining implicit and explicit measures may help practitioners in charge of creating brand's physical elements, especially when associations between design types and brand impressions are not constant across product categories.
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Imène Belboula, Claire-Lise Ackermann. Consumer response to service brand physical elements: Using a semantic priming task to explore implicit understanding of service brand meaning. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Elsevier, 2021, 61, pp.102019. ⟨10.1016/j.jretconser.2019.102019⟩. ⟨hal-03329978⟩

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