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20.03.2017 | Original Empirical Research | Ausgabe 3/2018

Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science 3/2018

When marketing strategy meets culture: the role of culture in product evaluations

Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science > Ausgabe 3/2018
Reo Song, Sangkil Moon, Haipeng (Allan) Chen, Mark B. Houston
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Constantine S. Katsikeas served as Area Editor for this article.


This research investigates how national culture interacts with marketing strategy to influence consumers’ organic post-consumption satisfaction ratings of entertainment products rich in cultural content. Drawing upon a communication theory framework, we develop hypotheses concerning multiple interaction effects between culture and marketing strategies on consumers’ product evaluations. We test these hypotheses by analyzing consumer reviews of 260 movies in 25 country markets. In support of our hypotheses, we find that the cultural congruence between the product and the market improves consumer reviews, and that the effect is stronger in cultures characterized by collectivism, femininity, and uncertainty avoidance, as well as for products more heavily loaded with cultural content. In addition, we find that the negative effect of delay in product launch timing weakens for cultures characterized by long-term orientation, and that the positive effect of advertising spending on consumer evaluations is stronger in cultures characterized by high power distance belief. These results provide practical insights into how managers should make decisions concerning product design, launch timing, and advertising strategies in international markets.

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