Title

Examining regulatory focus in the information processing of imagery and analytical advertisements

Date of this Version

2014

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Roy, R., & Phau, I. (2014). Examining regulatory focus in the information processing of imagery and analytical advertisements. Journal of Advertising, 43(4), 371-381.

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© Copyright 2014, American Academy of Advertising

ISSN

0091-3367 Print, 1557-7805 Online

Abstract

The results of two experimental studies show that matching a promotion (prevention) focus with imagery (analytical) information in an advertisement results in higher advertising effectiveness, together with increased intention to purchase. Mediation analyses show that the impact of a regulatory focus—information matching in evaluation and purchase intention—is partially mediated by the fluency of processing. Matching is also found to increase message persuasiveness, and this effect is fully mediated by processing fluency. Furthermore, in response to imagery (analytical) information types, promotion (prevention)-focused subjects are found to engage imagery (analytical) processing styles to support their regulatory orientation.

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