Describe the personal and psychological factors that may influence what consumers buy and when they buy it. Explain how looking at lifestyle information helps firms understand what consumers want to purchase. Explain how culture, subcultures, social classes, families, and reference groups affect consumers’ buying behavior. You’ve been a consumer with purchasing power for much longer than you probably realize—since the first time you were asked which cereal or toy you wanted. As we mentioned earlier in the chapter, consumer behavior is influenced by many things, including environmental and marketing factors, the situation, personal and psychological factors, family, and culture.
Physical factors that firms can control, such as the layout of a store, music played at stores, the lighting, temperature, and even the smells you experience are called atmosphericsThe physical aspects of the selling environment retailers try to control.. Firms often attempt to deal with adverse physical factors such as bad weather by offering specials during unattractive times. Companies like Pampered Chef that sell their products at parties understand that the social situation makes a difference. The time of day, time of year, and how much time consumers feel like they have to shop affect what they buy. Companies worldwide are aware of people’s lack of time and are finding ways to accommodate them. Purchasing a gift might not be an emergency situation, but you might not want to spend much time shopping for it either. While demographic variables such as income, education, and marital status are important, we will look at gender, age, and stage of life and how they influence purchase decisions.
One study by Resource Interactive, a technology research firm, found that when shopping online, men prefer sites with lots of pictures of products and women prefer to see products online in lifestyle context—say, a lamp in a living room.
Check out this Heineken commercial, which highlights the differences between “what women want” and “what men want” when it comes to products. Many businesses today are taking greater pains to figure out “what men want.” Products such as face toners and body washes for men such as the Axe brand and hair salons such as the Men’s Zone and Weldon Barber are a relatively new phenomenon. If you’re single and working after graduation, you probably spend your money differently than a newly married couple.
The “aging suit” has elastic bindings that hamper a car designer’s movement and goggles that simulate deteriorating eyesight. Lisa Rudes Sandel, the founder of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ), created a multimillion-dollar business by designing jeans for baby boomers with womanly bodies.
A number of research organizations examine lifestyle and psychographic characteristics of consumers. Maslow theorized that people have to fulfill their basic needs—food, water, and sleep—before they can begin fulfilling higher-level needs. Following the economic crisis that began in 2008, the sales of new automobiles dropped sharply virtually everywhere around the world—except the sales of Hyundai vehicles.
While achieving self-actualization may be a goal for many individuals in the United States, consumers in Eastern cultures may focus more on belongingness and group needs.
Consumers are bombarded with messages on television, radio, magazines, the Internet, and even bathroom walls. Have you ever read or thought about something and then started noticing ads and information about it popping up everywhere?
Another potential problem that advertisers (or your friends) may experience is selective distortionThe process whereby consumers misinterpret information and messages. Using surprising stimuli or shock advertisingAdvertising designed to startle people so as to get their attention.
Subliminal advertisingAdvertising that is not apparent to consumers but is thought to be perceived subconsciously by them. LearningThe process by which consumers change their behavior after they gain information or experience with a product. Another kind of learning is operant or instrumental conditioningA type of behavior that’s repeated when it’s rewarded., which is what occurs when researchers are able to get a mouse to run through a maze for a piece of cheese or a dog to salivate just by ringing a bell.
Another learning process called classical conditioningA learning process where consumers associate a response with a condition that was previously not associated with the response.
Attitudes“Mental positions” or emotional feelings, favorable or unfavorable evaluations, and action tendencies people have about products, services, companies, ideas, issues, or institutions. An example of a shift in consumers’ attitudes occurred when the taxpayer-paid government bailouts of big banks that began in 2008 provoked the wrath of Americans, creating an opportunity for small banks not involved in the credit bailout and subprime mortgage mess.
Worthington National, a small Texas bank, capitalized on people’s bad attitudes toward big banks that accepted bailouts from the government in 2008–2009. Situational factors, personal factors, and psychological factors influence what you buy, but only on a temporary basis. CultureThe shared beliefs, customs, behaviors, and attitudes that characterize a society used to cope with their world and with one another. Even cultures that share many of the same values as the United States can be quite different.
A subcultureA group of people within a culture who are different from the dominant culture but have something in common with one another, such as common interests, vocations or jobs, religions, ethnic backgrounds, or sexual orientations. Subcultures, such as college students, can develop in response to people’s interests, similarities, and behaviors that allow marketing professionals to design specific products for them. A social classA group of people who have the same social, economic, or educational status in society.
Table 3.1 "An Example of Social Classes and Buying Patterns" shows seven classes of American consumers along with the types of car brands they might buy. In a recession when luxury buyers are harder to come by, the makers of upscale brands may want their customer bases to be as large as possible. The whiskey brand Johnnie Walker has managed to expand its market share without cheapening the brand by producing a few lower-priced versions of the whiskey and putting them in bottles with different labels. Some companies, such as Johnnie Walker, have managed to capture market share by introducing “lower echelon” brands without damaging their luxury brands. Most market researchers consider a person’s family to be one of the most important influences on their buying behavior. Companies are interested in which family members have the most influence over certain purchases. A Wisconsin Republican congressional hopeful warned Tuesday that a federal court ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of marriage between siblings. According to the Tomah Journal, Mueller said that the ruling might set a precedent that any two people can marry: "We've got, for instance, two sisters, and these two sisters want to get married.
I know it's a radical idea, but I don't think it would be a terrible thing if two sisters were allowed to enter into a legal contract that gave them access to all the same rights that a marriage would.
And I don't even care if that's called a marriage, because, unlike the people who caterwaul about the changing definition of marriage, I am aware of and willing to acknowledge the reality that every relationship called a marriage does not look the same or serve the same purpose. The only reason the word "marriage" indicates a special sort of relationship is because it's a legal right denied to some people. What makes any one relationship really, genuinely special is the people inside of it believing it's special. I suspect, depending on your position regarding undeserved privilege, you will either find that idea incredibly disappointing or incredibly cool. To extend marriage equality to two people of the same sex is not to say their relationship is special. Especially as long as we're still keen to deny some basic human rights, like healthcare, to everyone—while still making marriage a key means of accessing it.
I realize that alarmist rhetoric like Karen Mueller's is supposed to bait me into agreeing that a line needs to be drawn somewhere, and lest I disappoint, I'll draw a line. Other than that, I'm pretty much on board with giving everyone access to the rights I enjoy.
Reminder: No Selves to Defend, the proceeds for which go to Marissa Alexander's defense fund, is available for purchase here. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments. Former Vice-President Dick Cheney says "the Obama administration is cutting defense to spend money on food stamps." And that's meant to be a criticism, lol. There is absolutely no question that this ruling will further undermine abortion access, which state legislatures have been endeavoring to erode in every conceivable fashion. It also seems to violate the Supreme Court's own undue burden standard, unless the nine justices honestly believe it is not an undue burden for an abortion-seeking person to have to run a gauntlet of harassment and threats emanating from members of a domestic terrorist campaign in order to access a legal healthcare procedure. So I have been waiting to hear what our ostensibly pro-choice president has to say about this reprehensible ruling. Surely he has something to say on behalf of "our mothers, wives, and daughters," and their right to bodily autonomy, safety, and choice. I am angry that this campaign of violence against women and others is allowed to go unchecked. I am angry that North Alabama's only abortion clinic is being forced to close its doors today. And I'm angry that I don't have the power to do anything meaningful about it, so I am angry that my president is not speaking up, that he's not using his bully pulpit to be an ally to women.
Today Show host Matt Lauer on Thursday asked General Motors CEO Mary Barra if she felt she could run a company and be a good mother during an interview about the company's controversial recalls.
Lauer on Thursday afternoon defended his question to Barra about balancing her at work and with her family. Which is something about which men are never asked, despite Lauer's specious claim to the contrary. A man would also never be asked a question like: "Hey, this company that hired you has some PR troubles at the moment. Even the thought of a male CEO being asked a question like that, being obliged to address the idea that he was only or primarily hired because he was a man, is absurd. Despite the fact that lots of male CEOs probably have been hired in part because they're men.
Lauer's question about Barra's ability to balance work and parenthood have been getting a lot of attention, and deservedly so, but, for me, it's the other part I find even more contemptible. There is no way that Lauer would ever even dare to claim he'd ask a male CEO sitting in front of him to account for and justify his hiring on the basis of his gender. While our Republican Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who is the almighty worst, anxiously awaits to hear whether the court will grant him a stay on the ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Indiana, MARRIAGES ARE GO.
Virtually every county in the state is now issuing same-sex marriage licenses and performing weddings. Because people are people, there has been some (although a lot less than I expected) hand-wringing in local media and on social media about the decision. Well, some of the children are pretty goddamn happy that their parents are finally allowed to get married. Aiden Murphy, 11, smiles as his mothers Kimberly Trojan, left, and Jackie Cornell wait in a large crowd for their marriage license inside the City County Building, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
So, in addition to texting each other a steady stream of silly bullshit, Deeky and I also have a habit of tweeting ridiculous pictures at each other. To which I replied that I hated him, and then, "We're besties, like these two," followed by a picture of Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show. Yes, that is the goddamned Guy Fieri skillet Deeky bought me for my birthday photoshopped into Nancy Reagan's hand.
Additionally, Vancouver's city council has unanimously voted "to acknowledge that the city is on unceded Aboriginal territory. This time, he's taking the bold stance that the achievements of old white guys are talked about and lauded not because of bias, but because they are just the best at everything, all the time. There are about a million things wrong with this bullshit (feel free to tease all of them out in comments), but I'm going to focus on the ones that struck me first.
Leaving aside that I can think of lots of examples to counter his shitty rhetorical question, his premise completely ignores institutional barriers (such as lack of funding, active exclusion, and purposeful erasure) to women seeking education and practicing talents in a hell of a lot of countries for a hell of a long time, while simultaneously denying the existence of languages other than English in which non-white dudes are considered some of the greatest poets ever.
The fictional Shakespeare's sister and her limited opportunities are of course central to this blog's history. To keep pretending that old white dudes are the focus of praise to the exclusion of everyone else because they are inherently better than everyone else, is to keep pretending that other people have not been ignored, marginalized, and silenced in order to better support that very narrative. This "Frisky Rant" in which the writer, Sara Benincasa, splutters bile at women who brag about their husbands on Facebook, is one of the most strangely hostile things I've read in awhile. The first thing that struck me about the article is that is fails to explore why it is that some people do use social media to cultivate the illusion of a perfect life via carefully curated imagery in service to a specific narrative for a variety of reasons. And not every piece is about every thing, but it certainly feels unfair to read something so aggressively contemptuous of a particular behavior without even the most cursory investigation of the motivations of that behavior. The second thing that struck me about the article is that the habit of happy sharing about one's partner is not a uniquely female, nor a uniquely straight, thing.

Of course, that doesn't fit into existent misogynist narratives about how women who "brag" about their husbands are just competitive harpies with no individual identities. Also, at least among my friends, most of the male-partnered women with whom I'm friends tend to happy share about their partners in ways that undermine, rather than reinforce, patriarchal norms.
I don't see a lot of "my partner is SO PERFECT" among my friends, although I do see a lot of "I am grateful to have such a terrific partner." And, frankly, I love reading that!
Becky G had all her Beasters singing in the "Shower," and now shell have them all dancing with her brand new music video for "Cant Stop Dancin."  The "Can't Stop Dancin" music video shows our girl Becky in a variety of amazing little outfits (B, can we raid your closet?) as she can't stop dancin'!
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Businesses try to figure out trends so they can reach the people most likely to buy their products in the most cost-effective way possible. Perhaps you’ve visited the office of an apartment complex and noticed how great it looked and even smelled.
For example, many resorts offer consumers discounts to travel to beach locations during hurricane season. Perhaps you have seen Girl Scouts selling cookies outside grocery stores and other retail establishments and purchased nothing from them, but what if your neighbor’s daughter is selling the cookies?
When you’re at a friend’s Pampered Chef party, you don’t want to look cheap or disappoint your friend by not buying anything. Researchers have even discovered whether someone is a “morning person” or “evening person” affects shopping patterns.
Some doctors’ offices offer drive-through shots for patients who are in a hurry and for elderly patients who find it difficult to get out of their cars. Some research studies have shown that “sensation seekers,” or people who exhibit extremely high levels of openness, are more likely to respond well to advertising that’s violent and graphic. Women are also twice as likely as men to use viewing tools such as the zoom and rotate buttons and links that allow them to change the color of products. Some advertising agencies specialize in advertisements designed specifically to appeal to male consumers. Think about what you wanted and how you spent five dollars when you were a child, a teenager, and an adult. How do you think spending patterns change when someone has a young child or a teenager or a child in college?
The suit gives the designer an idea what kinds of car-related challenges older consumers face. Since its launch seven years ago, NYDJ has become the largest domestic manufacturer of women’s jeans under $100. Your cognitive ageThe age a buyer perceives himself or herself to be., or how old you perceive yourself to be, is another.
To better understand and connect with consumers, companies interview or ask people to complete questionnaires about their lifestyles or their activities, interests, and opinions (often referred to as AIO statements). PsychographicsMeasuring the attitudes, values, lifestyles, and opinions of consumers using demographics.
Hyundai understood that people needed to feel secure and safe and ran an ad campaign that assured car buyers they could return their vehicles if they couldn’t make the payments on them without damaging their credit. In other words, learning occurs through repetitive behavior that has positive or negative consequences. The Worthington National Bank, a small bank in Fort Worth, Texas, ran billboards reading: “Did Your Bank Take a Bailout? After running billboards with this message, the bank received millions of dollars in new deposits. Following the meltdown of the financial markets in 2008, countries around the world were pressed by the United States to engage in deficit spending to stimulate the worldwide economy.
Otherkins are primarily Internet users who believe they are reincarnations of mythological or legendary creatures—angels, demons, vampires—you name it. You have probably heard of the hip-hop subculture, people who in engage in extreme types of sports such as helicopter skiing or people who play the fantasy game Dungeons and Dragons. Consumers respect these people and often ask their opinions before they buy goods and services. Like it or not, you are more like your parents than you think, at least in terms of your consumption patterns. Coakley, deciding that buffer zones around abortion clinics violate protestors' free speech rights.
That legislators can claim to know what is best for my body and can claim to know my mind better than I do. Do you think that you were hired because you're a man, and as a man, the company knew you'd present a tough image for the company? And the real-life Mileva Marie Einstein, who gave up a fucking PhD in physics after becoming pregnant with Albert's child, is another fucking bookend to the story of limiting brilliant women.
Get a fucking clue.The stories historians tell are not free of bias or agendas, and the people held up as superlative figures in their field and work are not chosen in a vacuum free of prejudice, agenda, and race- and gender-based assumptions (just to name two factors at play). Like: He's so great for being so supportive of my work, or he's such a nurturing parent, etc. Detailed with gold foil, the message inside these cards says "Happy Holidays" in the six official U.N. But sometimes life happens - special materials may not be immediately available to the artist, or there might be some other circumstance beyond our control that could delay the shipment.
Each of these intermediaries adds cost to the product, and that cost is passed on to the customer. UNICEF Market offers artisans a free platform to sell their work throughout the United States. Other consumers follow a similar process, but different people, no matter how similar they are, make different purchasing decisions. Businesses often try to influence a consumer’s behavior with things they can control such as the layout of a store, music, grouping and availability of products, pricing, and advertising.
Marketing professionals take physical factors such as a store’s design and layout into account when they are designing their facilities.
It has the process down to a science; you can scarcely drive a few miles down the road without passing a Starbucks. Rainy weather can be a boon to some companies, like umbrella makers such as Totes, but a problem for others. Some studies have shown that consumers feel better about retailers who attempt to prevent overcrowding in their stores. Herd behavior helped drive up the price of houses in the mid-2000s before the prices for them rapidly fell. Have you ever gone to the grocery store when you are hungry or after pay day when you have cash in your pocket? What if you need something for an important dinner or a project and only have an hour to get everything?
The “Big Five” personality traits that psychologists discuss frequently include openness or how open you are to new experiences, conscientiousness or how diligent you are, extraversion or how outgoing or shy you are, agreeableness or how easy you are to get along with, and neuroticism or how prone you are to negative mental states. Ward and Tran Thuhang, “Consumer Gifting Behaviors: One for You, One for Me?” Services Marketing Quarterly 29, no.
There are also many products such as kayaks and mountain bikes targeted toward women that weren’t in the past.
Diapers and day care, orthodontia, tuition, electronics—regardless of the age, children affect the spending patterns of families.
Consumers are not only asked about products they like, where they live, and what their gender is but also about what they do—that is, how they spend their time and what their priorities, values, opinions, and general outlooks on the world are.
In the mid-1900s, Abraham Maslow, an American psychologist, developed the hierarchy of needs shown in Figure 3.4 "Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs". Even if you were shopping for something that would make you the envy of your friends (maybe a new car) you probably wanted to sleep or eat even more. The importance of groups affects advertising (using groups versus individuals) and product decisions. You do so via stimuli that affect your different senses—sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Consumers are surfing the Internet, watching television, and checking their cell phones for text messages simultaneously. Selective attentionThe process whereby a person filters information based on how relevant it is to them. Promotions for weight loss products show models that look slim and trim after using their products, and consumers may believe they will look like the model if they use the product.
One study found that shocking content increased attention, benefited memory, and positively influenced behavior among a group of university students.Darren W. Although there is no evidence that subliminal advertising works, years ago the words Drink Coca-Cola were flashed for a millisecond on a movie screen. Companies engage in operant conditioning by rewarding consumers, which cause consumers to want to repeat their purchasing behaviors. The more frequently the CS is linked with the US, the faster learning occurs and this is what advertisers and businesses try to do.
Attitudes tend to be enduring, and because they are based on people’s values and beliefs, they are hard to change. Culture is a handed down way of life and is often considered the broadest influence on a consumer’s behavior.
The fastest-growing subculture in the United States consists of people of Hispanic origin, followed by Asian Americans, and African Americans. While income helps define social class, the primary variable determining social class is occupation.
That’s why, for example, Smart Cars, which are made by BMW, don’t have the BMW label on them.
Many of the things you buy and don’t buy are a result of what your parents bought when you were growing up.
For example, in 2003 nearly half (47 percent) of nine- to seventeen-year-olds were asked by parents to go online to find out about products or services, compared to 37 percent in 2001. I am angry that women are not trusted to make the best decisions for our lives and our bodies.
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No more last minute worries about presentation - your gifts will be the best dressed every time! You might be very interested in purchasing a Smart Car, but your best friend might want to buy a Ford F-150 truck. While some influences may be temporary and others are long lasting, different factors can affect how buyers behave—whether they influence you to make a purchase, buy additional products, or buy nothing at all. You can also buy cups of Starbucks coffee at many grocery stores and in airports—virtually any place where there is foot traffic.

The managers of the complex were trying to get you to stay for a while and have a look at their facilities.
Beach resorts, outdoor concert venues, and golf courses suffer when it is raining heavily.
However, other studies have shown that to a certain extent, crowding can have a positive impact on a person’s buying experience.
You might spend quite a bit of money each month eating at fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and Subway.
The phones’ displays are then read by barcode scanners when the ticket purchasers arrive at the events they’re attending. Finally, what about those products (Aqua Globes, Snuggies, and Ped Eggs) you see being hawked on television?
Army, you will become a better version of yourself, which will, in turn, improve your life. Once children graduate from college and parents are empty nesters, spending patterns change again. Car designers can then figure out how to configure the automobiles to better meet the needs of these consumers. One of the most widely used systems to classify people based on psychographics is the VALS (Values, Attitudes, and Lifestyles) framework.
For example, during grade school and high school, your social needs probably rose to the forefront. Likewise, banks began offering “worry-free” mortgages to ease the minds of would-be homebuyers.
They misinterpret other factors such as how the model looked before or how long it will take to achieve the results.
Consumers were thought to perceive the information subconsciously and to be influenced to buy the products shown. Prizes and toys that come in Cracker Jacks and McDonald’s Happy Meals, free tans offered with gym memberships, a free sandwich after a certain number of purchases, and free car washes when you fill up your car with a tank of gas are examples.
Think about a meal at a restaurant where the food was really good and you went with someone special.
Your culture prescribes the way in which you should live and has a huge effect on the things you purchase.
Most Germans don’t own credit cards and running up a lot of debt is something people in that culture generally don’t do. The rise of the middle class in India and China is creating opportunities for many companies to successfully sustain their products.
If you have ever dreamed of being a professional player of basketball or another sport, you have an aspirational reference group. Products such as the brand of soap and toothpaste your parents bought and used, and even the “brand” of politics they leaned toward (Democratic or Republican) are examples of the products you may favor as an adult. They have two children, Steven Smith (a teen nerd) and Hayley Smith (a left wing college aged activist). They want to spend the rest of their life together." Lawyers, Mueller explained, would be able to argue "'We can just do away with that state law the same way we did away with sodomy laws,'" noting that "once you do away with that, you reveal what is really going on here."Ooh, what is really going on here, Karen?! I am angry that I am just supposed to accept as reasonable men (and women) who sit in a government building making decisions about my body without my consent, though it is a crime for a person to use physical force to make decisions about my body without my consent.
I want him to leverage his talents, which I admire, and his position, which is unique, to be on our side.
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Grocery stores frequently place bread and milk products on the opposite ends of the stores because people often need both types of products. Research shows that “strategic fragrancing” results in customers staying in stores longer, buying more, and leaving with better impressions of the quality of stores’ services and products. If it’s raining too hard to drive to the GAP, REI, or Abercrombie & Fitch, you can buy products from these companies and many others online.
In 2008, a store employee was trampled to death by an early morning crowd rushing into a Walmart to snap up holiday bargains.
Seven-Eleven Japan is a company that’s extremely in tune to time and how it affects buyers. Costco and Walmart experienced heightened sales of their low-cost Kirkland Signature and Great Value brands as consumers scrimped.“Wal-Mart Unveils Plans for Own-Label Revamp,” Financial Times, March 17, 2009, 15.
Many beauty products and cosmetic procedures are advertised in a way that’s supposed to appeal to the ideal self people seek. Don’t look now, but depending on the stage of life you’re currently in, diapers and wrinkle cream might be just around the corner. Using VALS to combine psychographics with demographic information such as marital status, education level, and income provide a better understanding of consumers. For example, in one study, consumers were blindfolded and asked to drink a new brand of clear beer. It’s been described as a “suit of armor” that helps you filter out information you don’t need. Similarly, have you ever told someone a story about a friend and that person told another person who told someone else?
Many people considered the practice to be subversive, and in 1974, the Federal Communications Commission condemned it. People with limited experience about a product or brand generally seek out more information than people who have used a product before. A few years ago, KFC began running ads to the effect that fried chicken was healthy—until the U.S. Credit card companies such as Visa, American Express, and MasterCard must understand cultural perceptions about credit. An information technology (IT) specialist with a great deal of knowledge about computer brands is an example.
Instead, it’s based on sophisticated techniques that unearthed the links between Al Qaeda terrorists.
They also house two nonhumans, Roger who is an escaped alien and a goldfish from the CIA who has the brain of an East German Olympic skier. By skipping steps in the traditional supply chain, you can buy high quality items for less than the regular retail prices. To buy both, they have to walk around an entire store, which of course, is loaded with other items they might see and purchase.
Some people might take a first date to Subway, but other people would perhaps choose a restaurant that’s more upscale. The company’s point-of-sale systems at its checkout counters monitor what is selling well and when, and stores are restocked with those items immediately—sometimes via motorcycle deliveries that zip in and out of traffic along Japan’s crowded streets.
If you have an account with Amazon, you just click a button on the company’s Web site and an Amazon representative calls you immediately. Apparently, consumers too broke to go on vacation or shop at Saks were instead watching television and treating themselves to the products.Alyson Ward, “Products of Our Time,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 7, 2009, 1E. Marketing researchers believe people buy products to enhance how they feel about themselves—to get themselves closer to their ideal selves.
At other times, people forget information, even if it’s quite relevant to them, which is called selective retentionThe process whereby a person retains information based on how well it matches their values and beliefs..
Much of the original research on subliminal advertising, conducted by a researcher trying to drum up business for his market research firm, was fabricated.Cynthia Crossen, “For a Time in the ’50s, A Huckster Fanned Fears of Ad ‘Hypnosis,’” Wall Street Journal, November 5, 2007, eastern edition, B1. If you’re a woman in Afghanistan wearing a miniskirt, however, you could face bodily harm or death. Explains Valdis Krebs, the company’s founder: “Pharmaceutical firms want to identify who the key opinion leaders are. Or any one of a number of things of which we're all meant to believe every marriage is definitely inclusive. Hotel operators have found that when people are busy looking at themselves in the mirrors, they don’t feel like they are waiting as long for their elevators.Patricia Moore, “Smells Sell,” NZ Business, February 2008, 26–27. Leif, “Social Facilitation: Affect and Application in Consumer Buying Situations,” Journal of Food Products Marketing 11, no. Likewise, if you have turned down a drink or dessert on a date because you were worried about what the person you were with might have thought, your consumption was affected by your social situation.Anna S.
Its annual release of spring fashions usually leads to a feeding frenzy among shoppers, but spring 2009 was different.
Men see what they want and buy it, but women “try on everything and shop ‘til they drop.” There’s some truth to the stereotypes. After high school, you began thinking about how people would view you in your “station” in life, so you decided to pay for college and get a professional degree, thereby fulfilling your need for esteem. Reactions to Shocking and Nonshocking Advertising Content among University Students,” Journal of Advertising Research 43, no. While sampling is an expensive strategy, it gets consumers to try the product and many customers buy it, especially right after trying in the store.
That is, the food produced a good feeling and you may associate the person with the food, thus producing a good feeling about the person. Walmart is in the process of converting some of its Neighborhood Markets into stores designed to appeal to Hispanics.
Have you ever been surprised to find out that someone you knew who was wealthy drove a beat-up old car or wore old clothes and shoes or that someone who isn’t wealthy owns a Mercedes or other upscale vehicle? Luxury brands therefore try to keep the supply of their products in check so their prices remain high. The IT specialist is probably a person who has the latest and greatest tech products, and his opinion of them is likely to carry more weight with you than any sort of advertisement.
Matilla and Jochen Wirtz, “The Role of Store Environmental Stimulation and Social Factors on Impulse Purchasing,” Journal of Services Marketing 22, no. That’s why you see so many advertisements directed at one sex or the other—beer commercials that air on ESPN and commercials for household products that air on Lifetime. A longtime chain smoker who forgets much of the information communicated during an antismoking commercial is an example. To create “buzz” about the television show The Mole in 2008, ABC began hyping it by airing short commercials composed of just a few frames. Fast food has a negative connotation, so Wendy’s is trying to get consumers to think about its offerings as being better. The Supermarcado de Walmart stores are located in Hispanic neighborhoods and feature elements such as cafes serving Latino pastries and coffee and full meat and fish counters.Jonathan Birchall, “Wal-Mart Looks to Hispanic Market in Expansion Drive,” Financial Times, March 13, 2009, 18.
While some products may appeal to people in a social class, you can’t assume a person is in a certain social class because they either have or don’t have certain products or brands. If you cut yourself and you are bleeding badly, you’re probably not going to shop around much to find the best clinic. Women influence fully two-thirds of all household product purchases, whereas men buy about three-quarters of all alcoholic beverages.Genevieve Schmitt, “Hunters and Gatherers,” Dealernews 44, no. To be sure their advertising messages get through to you and you remember them, companies use repetition. Marketing products based on the ethnicity of consumers is useful but may become harder to do in the future because the boundaries between ethnic groups are blurring.
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By studying customer’s loyalty cards, the French hypermarket Carrefour hoped to find ways to get its customers to purchase nonfood items that have higher profit margins.
One-second ads were later rolled out to movie theaters.Josef Adalian, “ABC Hopes ‘Mole’ Isn’t Just a Blip,” Television Week, June 2, 2008, 3. Younger, well-educated men are less likely to believe grocery shopping is a woman’s job and would be more inclined to bargain shop and use coupons if the coupons were properly targeted at them.Jeanne Hill and Susan K. Companies have found that many consumers feel younger than their chronological age and don’t take kindly to products that feature “old folks” because they can’t identify with them. Harmon, “Male Gender Role Beliefs, Coupon Use and Bargain Hunting,” Academy of Marketing Studies Journal 11, no. One survey found that approximately 45 percent of married men actually like shopping and consider it relaxing.

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