Exploring antecedents and consequences of young consumers' perceived global brand equity

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kittichai "Tu" Watchravesringkan, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Purpose With the expansion of globalization, the increased competitive environment has led to the diffusion of brands across borders and cultures. Furthermore, young consumers represent an optimal segment for the proliferation of global consumer culture (GCC). This paper aims to examine the relationship between acculturation to global consumer culture (AGCC), perceived brand equity, attitudes toward the brand and brand resonance in the global sportswear brands context among young consumers in the USA.Design/methodology/approach A total of 394 undergraduate student participants ranging in age from 18 years to 24 years completed a multisectional structured survey. Model construct validity was tested using a confirmatory factor analysis. A structure equation model was used to test hypotheses and relationships.Findings Results showed that while cosmopolitan and self-identification with GCC dimensions of ACGG had a positive association with perceived brand equity, exposure to marketing activities of MNCs and global mass media exposure dimensions of AGCC had a negative association with perceived brand equity. Perceived brand equity also revealed a positive association with attitudes toward the brand, which in turn, affected brand resonance.Research limitations/implications The research used a sample of 18-24-year-old youth consumers. Future research could be extended to include younger (15-17-year old) sample to provide a broader sample of the youth market. In addition, future replication of findings should seek through cross-cultural investigation of multiple youth segments.Practical implications Findings suggest support multiple dimensions of the AGCC scale as holding significant influence on young consumers' brand equity consisting of brand image and brand awareness. Managerially, the findings provide support on the youth consumer's affinity toward self-identification with a GCC and cosmopolitan openness to foreign cultures as being positively related to the adoptions and retention of apparel brands.Social implications Theoretically, the results provide empirical evidence for the debate on the interrelationship between brand equity and attitudes toward brands. The theoretical model guidingthe current study reflects the notion of an emerging acculturation process among a segment of the world's population to a set of global consumer preferences and ideals that are increasingly being embodied in global brands.Originality/value This is among one of the first studies attempting to explore the applicability of Cleveland and Laroche's (2007) AGCC concepts in predicting young consumers' attitudes and behavioral responses toward global brands.

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Journal of Product and Brand Management, 25(2)
Language: English
Date: 2016
global branding, SEM (structural equation modeling), brand equity (consumer)

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