The impact of celebrity credibility on consumer’s purchase intention toward the footwear industry in Malaysia: The mediating effect of attitude toward advertisement

Ong, Zu Qian * and Ong, Derek Lai Teik * (2015) The impact of celebrity credibility on consumer’s purchase intention toward the footwear industry in Malaysia: The mediating effect of attitude toward advertisement. Information Management and Business Review, 7 (4). pp. 55-63. ISSN 2220-3796

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Abstract

Practices of using celebrities as spokespeople for commercialized products are continuously favoured toward the effort of marketing and positioning. The popularity of celebrity advertising is founded upon advertiser’s belief on message credibility by well-known personalities to achieve greater attention, recall and behavioural intention among consumers. The present study assesses the impact of celebrity credibility on the underlying purchase intention of Malaysian consumers toward the footwear industry, by exploring the mediating role of attitude toward advertisement between celebrity credibility and purchase intention. The influence of endorser’s characteristics and cultures on consumer’s behavioural intention is explained through the applications of the Theory of Identification (Kelman, 1961, 2006) and the Meaning Transfer Model (McCracken, 1989) in this study. Descriptive findings collected from 200 potential consumers have suggested attitude toward advertisement as the catalyst of endorser’s identification, for cultivating dimensions of celebrity credibility (trustworthiness, expertise and attractiveness) into transactional intention. The phenomenon of integration approaches of single phenomenon, with two theoretical perspectives (Mayer & Sparrowe, 2013) is demonstrated in this product marketplace.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Authors are with Sunway University Business School
Uncontrolled Keywords: Celebrity Endorsement; credibility; attitude toward advertisement; purchase intention; footwear
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Sunway University > Sunway University Business School > Dept. Marketing
Depositing User: Ms. Molly Chuah
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2016 10:31
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2016 10:31
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/321

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