Consumer brand relationships: an investigation of two alternative models
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Original versionJournal of the Academy of Marketing Science 2008, 36(4):443-472 10.1007/s11747-008-0115-z
Many studies have proposed the use of the relationship metaphor to enhance the understanding of the relationship between consumers and brands. However, few studies have empirically tested consumer–brand relationship models. In this paper, the authors argue that the success of developing empirical models of consumer–brand relationships depends on the adequacy of the metaphoric transfer. The authors compare two models of consumer–brand relationships—the brand relationship quality (BRQ) model and the relationship investment (RI) model on the basis of empirical fit and model interpretation. They modify both models to better accommodate less involving relationships and test them in two studies. The findings suggest that the modified RI model offers a straightforward interpretation of consumer–brand relationships that vary in intensity. The results from the BRQ model are less clear, though further refinements of the model demonstrates the increased potential of the BRQ model compared with traditional attitude models to explain relationships between consumers and brands.
-“This is the author’s accepted manuscript. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11747-008-0115-z.© Academy of Marketing Science 2008"