Consumers and brands: a study of the impact of self‐image congruence on brand preference and satisfaction

Ahmad Jamal (Lecturer in Marketing, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, UK)
Mark M.H. Goode (Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Marketing, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, UK)

Marketing Intelligence & Planning

ISSN: 0263-4503

Publication date: 1 December 2001

Abstract

Previous research indicates that the self‐image product image congruity (commonly known as self‐image congruence) can affect consumers’ product preferences and their purchase intentions. Self‐image congruence can also facilitate positive behaviour and attitudes toward products. This paper reports findings from a research study which was conducted to determine the effect of self‐image congruity on brand preference and satisfaction in the precious jewellery market in the UK. A questionnaire was sent to 500 consumers of precious jewellery in five major cities of the UK. Results indicate that self‐image congruity was a very strong predictor of consumers’ brand preferences and a good predictor of consumer satisfaction. Respondents with higher levels of self‐image congruity were more likely to prefer the brand and enjoy higher levels of satisfaction with the brand as compared to those with lower levels of self‐image congruity. The paper discusses the implications for brand managers so that they can position their brands in an effective way.

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Jamal, A. and Goode, M. (2001), "Consumers and brands: a study of the impact of self‐image congruence on brand preference and satisfaction", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 19 No. 7, pp. 482-492. https://doi.org/10.1108/02634500110408286

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