It is all about our impulsiveness – How consumer impulsiveness modulates neural evaluation of hedonic and utilitarian banners
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Consumer neuroscienceBanner adsfMRIConsumer impulsivenessHedonic bannerUtilitarian banner
Luis-Alberto Casado-Aranda, Juan Sánchez-Fernández, José-Ángel Ibáñez-Zapata, It is all about our impulsiveness – How consumer impulsiveness modulates neural evaluation of hedonic and utilitarian banners, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Volume 67, 2022, 102997, ISSN 0969-6989, [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jretconser.2022.102997]
SponsorshipJunta de Andalusia B-SEJ-220-UGR18 A-SEJ-426-UGR20; Fundacion Ramon Areces CISP18A6208; UGR; Universidad de Granada/CBUA
The increasing number of active Internet users has encouraged companies to compete to design the most efficient online ads for their target audience. While some companies build their ads based on the functional and instrumental benefits of their advertised products (i.e., utilitarian banners), others emphasize the experiential, personal, and emotional advantages of purchasing their product (i.e., hedonic banners). This is the first study to use neuroimaging to address the debate in the literature regarding the processing and effectiveness of these types of messages. By means of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), we explored the neural mechanisms by which an individual consumer trait, namely consumer impulsiveness, influences the evaluation of hedonic and utilitarian banners. The neural results revealed that more impulsive consumers exhibit a higher level of activation in brain regions linked to reward, trust, emotion, as well as a reduction of activity in self-control brain networks, when viewing hedonic banners. Consumers reporting lower levels of impulsiveness (i.e., prudent users), in turn, exhibited stronger activation in brain regions associated with self-control and cognition when evaluating utilitarian banners. Consequently, on the basis of an objective and neuropsychological approach, these results can be used to inform companies about the type of online advertising they should use based on the characteristics of their target audience.