Title

Brand preference in the face of control loss and service failure: The role of the sound of brands

Source of Publication

Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services

Abstract

© 2020 Elsevier Ltd This research shows that consumers compensate for a loss of perceived control inherent to service failure by extracting sensory information from brand names, and specifically from plosive consonants. Across three experimental studies, we show that in contexts of reduced control, which characterizes service failure, consumers prefer brand names containing plosives (versus fricatives) as a way of reasserting personal control because plosive sounds elicit a disposition to act. In doing so, we highlight the use of brand name innovation to anticipate low control state, and thus, the psychological discomfort experienced by customers following service failure.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2020

DOI

10.1016/j.jretconser.2020.102132

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