This paper aims to investigate the role of attention, processing motivation and processing depth in the relationship between self-reported subjective processing fluency and relevant advertisement variables such as ad attitude, brand attitude and purchase intentions.
Two empirical studies were conducted using self-report questionnaires.
In Study 1 (N = 176), the measure of self-reported subjective processing fluency was pretested. As expected, it was found to be sensitive to visual and semantic features of advertisements and to predict attitudes toward an advertisement. In Study 2 (N = 204), mediation analyses showed that self-reported subjective processing fluency was a predictor of attitude toward the advertisement (through attention and processing depth), attitude toward the brand (through processing depth) and purchase intentions (through processing depth).
The results emphasize the role of cognitive processing in explaining the effect of processing fluency on attitudes in marketing research.
Practitioners could use this theoretical framework and take into account the fluency with which consumers process information to improve the way they advertise their products.
The results suggest that self-reported subjective processing fluency can be relevant to predicting consumers’ attitudes because it increases attention and processing depth of the advertisement.
Storme, M., Myszkowski, N., Davila, A. and Bournois, F. (2015), "How subjective processing fluency predicts attitudes toward visual advertisements and purchase intention", Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 432-440. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCM-10-2014-1187
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