Original Research

Choosing celebrity endorsers for advertising campaigns in cosmopolitan China: Does their ethnicity matter?

A. Apaolaza, P. Hartmann, J. He, J. M. Barrutia, C. Echebarria
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 45, No 3 | a130 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v45i3.130 | © 2018 A. Apaolaza, P. Hartmann, J. He, J. M. Barrutia, C. Echebarria | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 April 2018 | Published: 30 September 2014

About the author(s)

A. Apaolaza, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain
P. Hartmann, Institute of Applied Business Economics, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain
J. He, School of Business, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
J. M. Barrutia, Institute of Applied Business Economics, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain
C. Echebarria, Institute of Applied Business Economics, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain

Full Text:

PDF (521KB)

Abstract

This study asks if endorsers function as surrogates for country-of-origin, and if the effectiveness of the tactic varies with the perceived ethnicity (Western versus Chinese) of the celebrities. It finds no significant influence on the country-oforigin
perception, brand attitudes or product quality evaluations in the reactions of 797 consumers in Shanghai to magazine advertisements featuring celebrities of Chinese vs. Western ethnicity. The lack of any significant effect of the ethnicity of celebrities on a brand’s perceived country of origin precludes country image having any effect on those variables for the case of the cosmopolitan Chinese consumer.


Keywords

No related keywords in the metadata.

Metrics

Total abstract views: 2209
Total article views: 791

 

Crossref Citations

1. Human resources management practice, job satisfaction and affective organisational commitment relationships: The effects of ethnic similarity and difference
Okechukwu E. Amah, Kabiru Oyetunde
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology  vol: 45  year: 2019  
doi: 10.4102/sajip.v45i0.1701