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Anthropomorphic responses to new-to-market logos

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To examine design antecedents and consumer responses to ascriptions of anthropomorphic features for logos, we applied a best-practices conceptual framework to evaluate 120 US collegiate sports logos. Data collected from three logo experts and 119 consumers indicate that (1) processing fluency mediates the relationship between elaborateness and all logo personality dimensions, and (2) ascriptions of aggressiveness (negatively) and activeness (positively) influence consumer affect and purchase intentions. These findings imply that universities should benefit from brand management informed by anthropomorphic ascriptions to their sports logos. Possible future research could consider the effect of sports logo elements (i.e. colour, parallelism, symbolic meaning) on yet-to-be-assessed anthropomorphic ascriptions.

Keywords: animism; anthropomorphism; logo design; logos; personality; purchase intent; sports

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: New Mexico State University, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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