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Title: Transcendent brand activism advertising: explicating the roles of color and message framing in advertising effectiveness
Authors: Zhou, Xuan
Lou, Chen
Huang, Xun
Keywords: Business::Marketing
Issue Date: 2023
Source: Zhou, X., Lou, C. & Huang, X. (2023). Transcendent brand activism advertising: explicating the roles of color and message framing in advertising effectiveness. Journal of Advertising, 1-17.
Project: M4012201.060 
Journal: Journal of Advertising
Abstract: Brands have been increasingly speaking up on sociopolitical issues (so-called brand activism advertising) to showcase their nonneutrality and drive meaningful societal changes. Yet little is known about how brands can strategize brand activism advertising to effectively engage consumers and benefit companies. Drawing upon the frameworks of transcendent media experiences, color, and message framing theory, this research examines the interplay between a visual element (i.e., image color: black-and-white [BW] versus color) and a verbal element (i.e., message framing: promotion framed versus prevention framed) in the effectiveness of brand activism advertising. Across two experiments, we found that brand activism ads that use BW (versus color) images, when paired with promotion-framed (versus prevention-framed) messages, led to more favorable attitudes toward the ads and elicited higher purchase intentions. We argue that brand activism ads trigger consumers’ transcendent experiences to a varying degree and identify consumers’ perceived inspiration upon viewing the ads as an underlying psychological mechanism. These findings advance current literature by examining brand activism advertising from the perspective of transcendent experiences and explicating the key factors and mechanism that affect consumer experiences and advertising effectiveness.
ISSN: 0091-3367
DOI: 10.1080/00913367.2023.2217866
Schools: Nanyang Business School 
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Rights: © 2023 American Academy of Advertising. All rights reserved.
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