The Power of Politics in Branding
Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice
Corporations have generally avoided publically linking their brands with political positions, yet recently brands have become more politically active. Brands like Chevrolet and Hobby Lobby were linked with marriage equality, yet little research exists regarding brands and politics. Our studies show: 1) consumers associate brands as liberal/conservative when brands are linked with political positions; 2) self-brand connection (SBC) is differentially impacted depending on the consumer’s political orientation and the political orientation with which the brand is linked; 3) misalignment between the brand/consumer orientation weakens SBC; and 4) SBC mediates the relationship among brand/consumer political orientation, and brand attitude and purchase intention.
Matos, G., Vinuales, G., & Sheinin, D. (2017). The Power of Politics in Branding. Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, 25 (2), 125-140. https://doi.org/10.1080/10696679.2016.1270768