A number of types of scarcity messages are often used in Internet advertisements, but all these types have not been directly compared to each other.
College students (n = 789) were surveyed about five advertising choices for luxury skin-care products consisting of scarcity messages of high-demand, low-stock, limited-time, countdown timer and regular advertising without any scarcity message. Outcomes were product classification attitudes of functional and symbolic and psychological attitudes of persuasion knowledge and advertising skepticism.
The study found that high-demand message had greater functional attitudes and greater symbolic attitudes than regular advertising. Limited-time message had greater symbolic attitudes than regular advertising. High-demand message had lower advertising skepticism attitudes than regular advertising.
The authors recommend that when a luxury skin-care product is in high demand, that marketers should use high-demand messages in their advertising. Marketers of luxury skin-care products may also benefit from using limited-time message advertisements.
This is the first study to directly compare the scarcity message advertising types of high-demand, low-stock, limited-time, countdown timer with regular advertising without any scarcity message.
Declaration of interest statement: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare. No funding was received to conduct this project.
Fogel, J. and Setton, M.K. (2022), "Advertising with scarcity messages and attitudes for luxury skin-care products", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 34 No. 10, pp. 2285-2298. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJML-01-2021-0073
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