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Understanding the influence of perceived susceptibility to addressable TV advertising targeting children on parents’ purchase intentions

Nancy H. Brinson (Advertising + Public Relations, The University of Alabama System, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA)
Steven Holiday (Advertising + Public Relations, The University of Alabama System, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA)

Young Consumers

ISSN: 1747-3616

Article publication date: 11 April 2021

Issue publication date: 7 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Addressable television is an interactive medium that blends online data personalization with traditional TV content to better address individual consumers and improve advertising outcomes. Drawing on the persuasion knowledge model (PKM) and the influence of presumed influence (IPI), this paper aims to examine parents’ beliefs about the nature and persuasive intent of addressable TV advertising targeting their children, and the intervening influence those beliefs have on the parents’ intentions to purchase the advertised products.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used an online survey design to examine the influence that addressable TV ads targeting children have on parents’ consumer behaviors. In total, 196 parents of children aged 3 to 12 completed the study. The majority of respondents had one (23%) or two (40.3%) children were primarily in two-parent (73.5%) or one-parent households (21.9%), and 79.6% indicated that they were mothers. Respondents were 23 to 41 years old (M = 37, SD = 8.03); dominantly Caucasian (77.5%; 16.8% African American); had an education of less than a college degree (65.3%); and a median household income of $50,000–$75,000 (73.5%).

Findings

Findings from this study indicate beliefs that a TV ad personally addressing their children positively influence parents’ purchase intentions, and this influence is partially mediated by perceptions of children’s susceptibility to the ad and perceptions of the likelihood of children’s purchase requests. Beliefs in children’s susceptibility to an ad’s addressability alternatively negatively mediates parents’ purchase intentions when not sequentially mediated by beliefs in the likelihood of children’s purchase requests.

Originality/value

Currently, there is little published research related to parents’ perceptions about the effects of personalized advertising targeting their children in general, and none that consider addressable TV advertising or the indirect influence this targeted advertising has on parents. Thus, this study provides important insights for scholars interested in theoretical implications related to addressable TV advertising, as well as practitioners seeking to enhance addressable TV advertising outcomes.

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Citation

Brinson, N.H. and Holiday, S. (2021), "Understanding the influence of perceived susceptibility to addressable TV advertising targeting children on parents’ purchase intentions", Young Consumers, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 219-236. https://doi.org/10.1108/YC-09-2020-1209

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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