Consumer Distinctiveness and Advertising Persuasion

By Sonya A. GrierAnne M. Brumbaugh
2002| Working Paper No. 1735

This chapter discusses the significance of distinctiveness theory for understanding advertising persuasion in multicultural marketplaces. First, we define distinctiveness theory, reviewing the initial empirical tests that formed the distinctiveness postulate and describing its underlying psychological assumptions. We also discuss other research that extends various elements of distinctiveness theory and attests to its robustness. Then, we review consumer applications of distinctiveness theory, and link this discussion to our understanding of the psychological processes affecting advertising responses. Our goal is to demonstrate how powerful this distinctiveness construct is in understanding advertising persuasion among multicultural audiences. Finally, we suggest directions for future research that capitalize on and extend the distinctiveness construct.

advertising persuasion
target marketing
minority marketing