International Journal of

Business & Management Studies

ISSN 2694-1430 (Print), ISSN 2694-1449 (Online)
DOI: 10.56734/ijbms
Promotion Hurts Brand Personality and Consumer Responses


This study investigates the impact of promotional offers on consumer perceptions of brand personality and their subsequent behavioral intentions. Research employs a between-subjects design with two conditions: exposure to an advertisement with a promotional offer versus no offer. The results reveal that promotional offers significantly affect perceptions of several brand personality traits, notably reducing the perception of traits such as 'spirited', 'outdoorsy', and 'upper class'. Moreover, the study examines how individual differences in consumer price sensitivity and brand affinity moderate these effects, indicating that the impact of promotional offers varies across different consumer segments. Mediation analyses further demonstrate that the perceived changes in brand personality traits due to promotional offers significantly mediate the relationship between advertising conditions and consumer responses, such as willingness to pay a premium and likelihood of visiting the brand's retail outlets. These findings suggest that promotional offers can alter consumer perceptions of brand personality. This study provides essential insights for marketers on how promotional strategies can be optimized to influence consumer attitudes and behaviors effectively, offering a nuanced understanding of the interplay between promotional offers, brand personality perception, and consumer behavior.