The Effects of Impression Management on Coupon Redemption across Cultures

Published on Jul 1, 2016in Psychology & Marketing
· DOI :10.1002/MAR.20898
Claire Heeryung Kim3
Estimated H-index: 3
(IU: Indiana University),
Youjae Yi40
Estimated H-index: 40
(SNU: Seoul National University)
This research examines the effects of impression management on consumers’ coupon redemption and suggests different underlying mechanisms with respect to cultural self-construal. Four studies show that, when primed with impression management, individualistic (vs. collectivistic) consumers are more likely to redeem coupons, because individualists believe that coupon redemption creates the impression of being smart. On the other hand, collectivistic consumers are less likely to redeem coupons when coupon usage is visible to others, because they believe that coupon redemption gives the impression of being cheap. These findings are explained within the context of cultural self-construal and regulatory focus theory.
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