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The impact of message framing and perceived consumer effectiveness on green ads

Ceren Ekebas-Turedi (Department of Managerial Studies, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, Indiana, USA)
Elika Kordrostami (Department of Marketing and Business Information Systems, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA)
Ilgım Dara Benoit (Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA)

Journal of Consumer Marketing

ISSN: 0736-3761

Article publication date: 13 May 2021

Issue publication date: 29 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of ad message framing (self-benefit vs other-benefit messages) and perceived consumer effectiveness (PCE) on green advertising effectiveness.

Design/methodology/approach

The conceptual framework was borrowed from self-congruity theory and was tested with two between-subject design experiments; PCE was measured in the first study and manipulated in the second.

Findings

The findings show that both measured and primed PCE (low vs high) moderate the impact of a green ad’s message framing on consumer responses (i.e. attitude toward the brand and purchase intention). Specifically, an other-benefit message is more effective when consumers perceive that their individual actions can positively influence environmental issues (high PCE). In contrast, a self-benefit message is more effective when consumers perceive that their individual actions might not be enough to influence environmental issues (low PCE). This research also shows that the influence of message framing on consumer responses is mediated by the perceived social responsibility of the company.

Practical implications

This paper offers an outline for designing effective ad campaigns for green products. Managers can determine or manipulate the PCE level of their target market and frame the message in their ad campaign accordingly, which will positively drive perceived social responsibility and, in turn, the ad campaign’s effectiveness.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to both the green advertising and self-congruity literature by showing the moderating effect of PCE on the effectiveness of message framing in green advertising.

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Citation

Ekebas-Turedi, C., Kordrostami, E. and Benoit, I.D. (2021), "The impact of message framing and perceived consumer effectiveness on green ads", Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 38 No. 4, pp. 386-396. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCM-12-2019-3557

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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