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A sequential process of brand tribalism, brand pride and brand attitude to explain purchase intention: a cross-continent replication study

Harry A. Taute (Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA)
Jeremy J. Sierra (Department of Marketing, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, USA)
Larry L. Carter (Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA)
Amro A. Maher (Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business and Economics, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar)

Journal of Product & Brand Management

ISSN: 1061-0421

Article publication date: 15 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore and replicate the indirect effect of smartphone brand tribalism on purchase intent via brand pride and brand attitude.

Design/methodology/approach

Using survey data from 190 US (Study 1) and 432 Qatari (Study 2) smartphone consumers, path analysis is used to evaluate the hypotheses.

Findings

For these disparate samples, only the defense of the tribal brand dimension of brand tribalism influences brand pride, which in turn leads to a sequential process of brand attitude and purchase intention.

Research limitations/implications

Using only smartphone data from the USA and Qatar may hinder external validity. As effect sizes in this context are understood, researchers have additional benchmarks for future brand tribalism and brand pride research.

Practical implications

The psychological underpinning and presence of brand tribes in society cannot be overlooked by strategists. Such tribal-laden following is too evident within smartphone communities. By further understanding the effect of brand tribalism on brand pride and subsequent attitudinal response and behavioral intent, marketers and brand leaders are in an improved position to develop strategies that appeal to targeted customers, ultimately growing and strengthening their brand value.

Originality/value

Supported by the anthropological view of brand tribalism, this paper contributes to the branding literature by examining the indirect effect of brand tribalism on purchase intention via brand pride and brand attitude. The posited model, previously untested and replicated here across two ethnically diverse samples, shows more explanatory power for defense of the tribal brand on brand pride as compared to the other brand tribalism dimensions. A novel and valid, multi-item brand pride measure is also developed.

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Citation

Taute, H.A., Sierra, J.J., Carter, L.L. and Maher, A.A. (2017), "A sequential process of brand tribalism, brand pride and brand attitude to explain purchase intention: a cross-continent replication study", Journal of Product & Brand Management, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 239-250. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBM-08-2016-1289

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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