Several studies have shown that stocking products on a display stand (vs. on a shelf) favors purchasing. However, little is known about whether the spatial layout of the display stand (i.e., its shape) may influence consumers ’ evaluation of the product and their purchase intention. The present research aims to investigate the role of the shape of an in-store display as a contextual cue potentially able to influence consumers’ evaluation of the exposed product and their subsequent purchasing intention. Two experiments were carried out in which we manipulated the shape of the product holder and the brand name as a function of brand awareness. We found that a meaningful shape representing the product induced a more positive product evaluation and indirectly, a greater intention to purchase in respect to shelf, when the product was a little- known brand (Study 1). Furthermore, the strongest effect occurred when the display stand facilitated product affordance in consumers ’ minds (Study 2). These results confirmed that the ability of the immediate context (i.e., the display stand) to evoke an action with an object (the product) influences the perceiver evaluation and behavioral intention towards the object itself. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.

Affordant Shapes of Product Holder Influence Product Evaluation and Purchase Intention / Cavazza, Nicoletta; Gabrielli, Veronica. - In: CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1046-1310. - 34:2(2015), pp. 447-465. [10.1007/s12144-014-9268-8]

Affordant Shapes of Product Holder Influence Product Evaluation and Purchase Intention

CAVAZZA, Nicoletta;GABRIELLI, Veronica
2015

Abstract

Several studies have shown that stocking products on a display stand (vs. on a shelf) favors purchasing. However, little is known about whether the spatial layout of the display stand (i.e., its shape) may influence consumers ’ evaluation of the product and their purchase intention. The present research aims to investigate the role of the shape of an in-store display as a contextual cue potentially able to influence consumers’ evaluation of the exposed product and their subsequent purchasing intention. Two experiments were carried out in which we manipulated the shape of the product holder and the brand name as a function of brand awareness. We found that a meaningful shape representing the product induced a more positive product evaluation and indirectly, a greater intention to purchase in respect to shelf, when the product was a little- known brand (Study 1). Furthermore, the strongest effect occurred when the display stand facilitated product affordance in consumers ’ minds (Study 2). These results confirmed that the ability of the immediate context (i.e., the display stand) to evoke an action with an object (the product) influences the perceiver evaluation and behavioral intention towards the object itself. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.
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Affordant Shapes of Product Holder Influence Product Evaluation and Purchase Intention / Cavazza, Nicoletta; Gabrielli, Veronica. - In: CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1046-1310. - 34:2(2015), pp. 447-465. [10.1007/s12144-014-9268-8]
Cavazza, Nicoletta; Gabrielli, Veronica
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