On congruence between brand and human personalities
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Original versionMaehle, N., & Shneor, R. (2010). On congruence between brand and human personalities. Journal of Product and Brand Management, 19(1), 44-53. doi: 10.1108/10610421011018383
Purpose: The purpose of this research paper is to uncover the relations between brand and human personality by identifying brand preferences of consumers with different personality types. Design/methodology/approach: Based on the existing literature, 15 propositions are suggested linking Ekelund's DI types as parsimonious proxies of human personality and brand personality dimensions as suggested by Aaker. Propositions were tested through statistical analysis of survey data collected in two stages. Findings: It was found that consumers prefer brands with personalities that match their own. For example, consumers with Blue DI type exhibit clear aversion from the excitement dimension of brand personality, whereas consumers with Red DI type exhibit clear preference for the sincerity dimension of brand personality. No clear findings emerged concerning the Green DI type, mostly likely linked to the individualistic, non-conformist and innovative orientations of such individuals. In addition data revealed a possible hierarchy of brand personality dimensions' influence. Practical implications: Findings provide guidelines for better tailoring of promotional materials based on target customer groups, as well as the ability to evaluate underperforming brands in terms of a brand-human personality mismatch. Originality/value: The paper fills a gap in the literature about the congruence between brand and human personalities, and demonstrates how brand personality dimensions impacts brand preference among different consumer types. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Accepted version of a paper from the journal: Journal of Product and Brand Management. Published version available from Emerald at:http://dx-doi.org/10.1108/10610421011018383