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01.09.2014 | Original Empirical Research | Ausgabe 5/2014

Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science 5/2014

Corporate sponsorship as an image platform: understanding the roles of relationship fit and sponsor–sponsee similarity

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Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science > Ausgabe 5/2014
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Ravi Pappu, T. Bettina Cornwell

Abstract

Studies have shown that the fit between a sponsoring brand and the sport, art, or charity sponsored influences outcomes such as brand awareness and image. This research adds the role of sponsor–sponsee similarity to the discussion of fit. The authors argue that similarity interacts with fit when conditions evoke suspicion or disrupt typical inferences regarding sponsorship relationships. Interaction is particularly important when the sponsor seeks to develop its image by association with a cause, and is also of consequence for the cause in terms of its branding. Three studies test sponsorship effects with respect to blood donation and cancer prevention organizations. Results support the predicted moderated mediation model, showing that similarity between a corporate sponsor and a sponsored cause can interact with fit, influencing sponsorship evaluations directly and shaping attitudes and behavioral intentions toward constituents indirectly. This work reveals a counterintuitive effect of similarity for some sponsorship relationships.

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