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COVID-19 cause-related campaigns and consumers’ purchase intention: does religiosity matter?

Youssef Chetioui (School of Business Administration, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Ifrane, Morocco)
Hind Lebdaoui (School of Business Administration, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Ifrane, Morocco)

Journal of Islamic Marketing

ISSN: 1759-0833

Article publication date: 8 July 2021

Issue publication date: 30 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose and test a theoretical framework in which attitude towards COVID-19 cause-related campaigns mediates the effects of identification with the cause, donation size, emotional arousal and subjective norms on consumer purchase intention. The authors also explore the moderating effect of religiosity in an emerging nation marked by the dominance of the Islamic doctrine.

Design/methodology/approach

Survey data from a sample of 561 consumers from Morocco were analyzed to test the hypotheses using structural equation modeling.

Findings

First, attitude toward COVID-19 cause-related campaigns has a significant effect on consumer purchase intention; at the same time, it is influenced by identification with the cause, donation size, emotional arousal and subjective norms. Second, the results confirm the mediating effect of attitude toward COVID-19 cause-related campaigns, e.g. higher emotional arousal triggers positive attitude towards COVID-19 cause campaigns, which shapes consumer purchase intention. Third, Islamic religiosity acts as a moderator, e.g. individuals who feel themselves as highly religious are more likely to develop favorable attitude towards cause brands and therefore form stronger purchase intentions when exposed to COVID-19 cause campaigns.

Practical implications

The findings of this research suggest a number of practical and social implications for both academics and practitioners. Successful cause-related marketing (CrM) campaigns should include facets inducing emotional arousal, superior donation size, identification with the cause and subjective norms, which, in turn, enhances consumers’ attitude toward the campaign, their attitude towards the brand and purchase intentions. Practitioners interested in expanding into majority-Muslim markets should also consider the use of faith-based messages and religious morals when planning CrM campaigns.

Originality/value

While preliminary studies have already attempted to provide knowledge about the impact of COVID-19 on individuals’ health and well-being, potential effects on consumers’ decisions and behavior have not been considered much and are yet to be empirically investigated. This original research is among the first to provide insights about the potential use of COVID-19 cause to shape consumer purchase intention and behavior. This will strengthen our cross-cultural appreciation of the disparities in consumer perception of CrM among Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

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Citation

Chetioui, Y. and Lebdaoui, H. (2022), "COVID-19 cause-related campaigns and consumers’ purchase intention: does religiosity matter?", Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. 13 No. 11, pp. 2496-2518. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIMA-09-2020-0305

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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