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Winning hearts, minds and sales: how marketing communication enters the purchase process in emerging and mature markets

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2013
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Research in Marketing
Issue number1
Volume30
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)57-68
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date2/11/12
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Consumers differ in the way their minds and hearts respond to marketing communication. Recent research has quantified effectiveness criteria of mindset metrics, such as brand consideration and liking, in the purchase process for a mature market. This paper develops and illustrates our conceptual framework of how mindset effectiveness differs between an emerging market and a mature market. We propose that the responsiveness, stickiness and sales conversion of mindset metrics depend on the regulative, cultural and economic systems that provide structure to society. In particular, we focus on regulative protection, collectivism and income. First, we propose that a lack of regulative protection leads consumers to be more attentive to, and thus more aware of, marketing communication. Second, we propose that consumers living in a collectivist culture are less responsive to advertising in their consideration and liking of the advertised brand. Finally, we propose that lower income among consumers reduces the sales conversion of brand liking.

We examine our predictions empirically with data for the same brands during the same time period in Brazil and the United Kingdom. First, we find that brand liking has a higher responsiveness to advertising, a higher stickiness and a higher sales conversion in the U.K. than it does in Brazil. Thus, the advice to focus on the emotional brand connection is more appropriate in the analyzed mature market versus the emerging market. In contrast, knowing the brand is more important to purchase in Brazil and is more responsive to advertising. These first findings establish an intriguing research agenda on winning hearts and sales in emerging and mature markets.