Kwon, Eun Sook (Grady PhD alum) and Jooyoung Kim, “Exploring Brand Humanization on SNSs: Brand personality and its influence on brand partner quality, brand attitude and consumer behavioral engagement,” International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, 16(3), 2022.
Abstract: This study explored whether consumers interacting with brands on SNSs attribute human-like personalities to brands and further examined the relationships between personality dimensions and brand performance measures. Responses from 922 research participants (530 brand followers and 392 brand non-followers on SNSs) were analyzed. Brand followers and brand non-followers attributed some of the same personality dimensions (Sophistication, Sincerity, and Competence) while there were differences between the two groups: Excitement only among brand non-followers; Agreeableness and Unpleasantness only among brand followers. The personality dimension Sincerity had a strong, positive influence on brand performance measures. Implications are discussed.