Title

The Effects of Cultural Allegiance and Values on the Perception of Spokespersons Denying Commercial Rumours

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Faculty

Business and Public Management

School

Marketing, Tourism and Leisure

RAS ID

2249

Comments

This article was originally published as: Kobinah, T., Mizerski, D., & Mizerski, K. (2003). The effect of cultural allegiance and values on the perception of spokespersons denying commercial rumours. Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 15(1/2), 39-50. Original available here

Abstract

Commercial rumour can have a very negative impact on companies and products. As soon as a negative rumour begins to spread, sales often fall drastically. The major battle is not only to recover sales but how to recover consumer confidence before buyers eliminate the company’s brands from their evoked set. The literature on commercial rumour implicitly assumes that consumers will react to commercial rumours in a homogenous manner. However, most marketing scholars involved in studying cultural effects suggest that the culture of the buyer will influence their reaction specifically through their acceptance/rejection of the source attempting to refute the rumour. Therefore, any attempt to address commercial rumour without regard to the buyers’ cultural backgrounds may not be effective. An experiment was developed to test the effect of cultural background on choice of spokesperson to refute commercial rumours. The results of this experiment show that consumers from Eastern and Western cultural backgrounds respond in a different manner to spokespersons addressing commercial rumours. Their cultural backgrounds and values appear to influence their belief about the veracity of the source responding to the commercial rumours and their message. It is recommended that marketing personnel consider consumers’ and buyers’ core values when developing strategies for and selecting sources for controlling commercial rumours.

DOI

10.1108/13555850310765060

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1108/13555850310765060