Response to activewear apparel advertisements by US Baby Boomers: An exploration of cognitive versus chronological age factors

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Nancy J. Nelson Hodges, Burlington Industries Professor and Head (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the importance of cognitive- versus chronological-age factors in activewear apparel advertisements targeting female baby boomers in the USA. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 50 female participants aged 41-65 were asked to view two print advertisements: one showing activewear apparel worn by a cognitive-age model and the other by a chronological-age model. Participants then responded to a four-part questionnaire that included a measurement of cognitive age, physical activity, response to the advertisements, and purchase intent. Findings – The responses indicated that the participants view themselves as younger than their chronological age and were more inclined to respond favorably toward the advertisement using the cognitive age model. Research limitations/implications – Although this study focuses on only one consumer group – US baby boomers – it reveals their current attitudes toward advertisements of activewear apparel as well as their motivations for purchasing activewear apparel. More research on this age demographic and the impact of cognitive age vs. chronological age on their perceptions of advertising is needed. Originality/value – Currently one of the largest age demographics in the USA, baby boomers are known for having higher amounts of disposable income as compared to other age cohorts and for their interest in physical fitness and leading active lifestyles. The results of this study point to the need to understand the age-related perceptions of this consumer group in order to successfully market activewear apparel products directly to them.

Additional Information

Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 12(1), 8-23.
Language: English
Date: 2008
Advertising, Baby boomers, Clothing, Demographics, Consumer behaviour, United States of America

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