Purpose. This paper aims to empirically test the influence of brand characteristics on brand addiction, as well as the consumers' behaviors caused by this construct. Design/Methodology/Approach. The paper adopts a web-based self-completion survey by achieving a total of 529 completed surveys. Then, structural equation modelling (SEM) has been employed by using SPSS AMOS. Findings. Results highlighted how (1) the brand characteristics of self-expressiveness, innovativeness, and authenticity have a positive influence on brand addiction; (2) brand addiction leads consumers to feel emotions of irritability and to adopt obsessive and compulsive behaviors toward the brand. Research limitations/implications. Even if the choice of employing a survey’s sample composed of students attending an Italian University ensures good internal validity of research (due to the homogeneous character), the results are not generalizable (expect for this population group). Practical implications. The study identified two different brand addiction’s spheres (one connected to the brand’s characteristics and the other to the consumers’ psychologicalbehavioral outcomes), along with possible strategies firms could adopt to strengthen the possibilities to transform their customers into addicted ones and to avoid/reduce the negative consequences deriving from brand addiction. Originality/value. The paper provides a response to the call for more studies into the brand addiction analysis by empirically testing possible antecedents and outcomes, thus enriching the existing quantitative research focused on this concept.

Brand addiction: Brand characteristics and psychological outcomes

Barbara Francioni
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Ilaria Curina;Marco Cioppi
2021-01-01

Abstract

Purpose. This paper aims to empirically test the influence of brand characteristics on brand addiction, as well as the consumers' behaviors caused by this construct. Design/Methodology/Approach. The paper adopts a web-based self-completion survey by achieving a total of 529 completed surveys. Then, structural equation modelling (SEM) has been employed by using SPSS AMOS. Findings. Results highlighted how (1) the brand characteristics of self-expressiveness, innovativeness, and authenticity have a positive influence on brand addiction; (2) brand addiction leads consumers to feel emotions of irritability and to adopt obsessive and compulsive behaviors toward the brand. Research limitations/implications. Even if the choice of employing a survey’s sample composed of students attending an Italian University ensures good internal validity of research (due to the homogeneous character), the results are not generalizable (expect for this population group). Practical implications. The study identified two different brand addiction’s spheres (one connected to the brand’s characteristics and the other to the consumers’ psychologicalbehavioral outcomes), along with possible strategies firms could adopt to strengthen the possibilities to transform their customers into addicted ones and to avoid/reduce the negative consequences deriving from brand addiction. Originality/value. The paper provides a response to the call for more studies into the brand addiction analysis by empirically testing possible antecedents and outcomes, thus enriching the existing quantitative research focused on this concept.
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