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The influence of consumer religiosity on responses to rational and emotional ad appeals

Frank Gregory Cabano (Department of Marketing and Management, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA)
Elizabeth A. Minton (Department of Management and Marketing, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA)

European Journal of Marketing

ISSN: 0309-0566

Article publication date: 8 December 2022

Issue publication date: 4 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This research aims to examine how religiosity influences consumers’ responses to rational versus emotional ad appeals.

Design/methodology/approach

Four experiments were conducted that examined how religiosity affected consumers’ responses (attitude toward the product, purchase intentions and brand trust) to rational versus emotional ad appeals, and how perceived fit between the ad appeal type and consumers’ information processing style mediated the effects.

Findings

The results show that consumers low in religiosity respond more favorably to rational (vs emotional) appeals because of these types of appeals being more congruent with their rational information processing style. In addition, there is no difference in consumer responses toward rational and emotional appeals for individuals high in religiosity.

Research limitations/implications

In this research, the authors only used surveys and measured behavioral intentions rather than actual behaviors. Thus, future research should measure actual behaviors in the field to enhance the external validity of the observed effects. In addition, this research samples one primary culture that is more representative of Judeo-Christian religious beliefs. Therefore, future research should sample from other cultures and religious groups.

Practical implications

The results suggest that marketers should use rational rather than emotional appeals in their marketing communications to low religiosity consumers (identifiable through such means as demographic data for geographic regions or self-identified classifications on social media). Marketers can also prime low religiosity in their messages (e.g. using words such as “evolution”) and, when doing so, should couple that prime with a rational (vs emotional) appeal.

Originality/value

This research is novel in that it is the first, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, to examine how religiosity influences consumers’ responses to rational versus emotional ad appeals.

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Citation

Cabano, F.G. and Minton, E.A. (2023), "The influence of consumer religiosity on responses to rational and emotional ad appeals", European Journal of Marketing, Vol. 57 No. 1, pp. 185-201. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJM-04-2021-0221

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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