Liking of Movie Genre Alters the Effectiveness of Background Product Placements

Christopher Redker, Bryan Gibson, Ian Zimmerman

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Product placement has been likened to evaluative conditioning (EC) in which a viewer's liking of an actor using a brand transfers to the brand. Less research has evaluated how more subtle background placements work. Further, most published studies report explicit brand attitudes as outcome measures. We show that background placements of a familiar brand can alter implicit brand attitudes. Furthermore, viewers who liked the movie genre showed positive implicit attitudes, and viewers who disliked the movie genre showed negative implicit attitudes, suggesting that genre generated affect transferred to implicit attitudes. Advertising implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-255
Number of pages7
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013


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