Counterfeit versus original patronage: Do emotional brand attachment, brand involvement, and past experience matter?

Bian, Xuemei and Haque, Sadia (2020) Counterfeit versus original patronage: Do emotional brand attachment, brand involvement, and past experience matter? Journal of Brand Management. ISSN 1350-231X (In Press)

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To enhance brand performance and to protect original brands from the unprecedented upsurge of counterfeits, marketers are continuously looking for effective anti-counterfeiting methods. Developing and maintaining emotional brand attachment and brand involvement with consumers have become a strategic marketing endeavor of luxury brands. A significant question bearing both theoretical and practical implications, however, is whether emotional brand attachment or brand involvement is more apposite to warrant a luxury brand’s performance and to safeguard the original brand from counterfeits, which remains unanswered. To address this knowledge gap, a survey was conducted. On the basis of an empirical study, this paper reveals that emotional brand attachment is a more prominent influencer than brand involvement to escalate original brand patronage although the effect of brand involvement is also significant. However, while improved brand involvement pushes consumers to patronize counterfeits, higher emotional brand attachment does not result in increased counterfeit patronage. These effects do not vary as a function of previous experience of either originals or counterfeits. Findings of this research contribute to brand literature by presenting empirical evidence of distinct influence of emotional brand attachment over brand involvement, which represents significant practical implications in relation to strategic brand management and anti-counterfeiting strategies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotional brand attachment, Brand involvement, Past experience, Original luxury brands, Counterfeits, Consumer patronage
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N500 Marketing
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2020 12:01
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 12:15

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