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Multi-sensory cues in interplay and congruency in a retail store context: Consumer emotions and purchase behaviors
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While research has shown the positive impact of sensory cues and cue- congruency on emotion and behavior in retail store atmospheres, these cues have primarily been investigated in isolation or in pairs. Consequently, little is known on how multi-sensory cues in interplay impact on consumer emotions and purchase behaviors. In addition, research has not yet provided any clear conceptualization of congruency in marketing when designing retail store atmospheres, other than stating that some cues are expected to match, therefore become pleasantly perceived. Thus, the main purpose of this research is to examine and show how multi-sensory cues in interplay and congruency can be utilized in creating a retail store atmosphere to enhance consumer emotions and purchase behaviors.

To address the purpose, a sequential method was adopted with four essays. The first essay explores multi-sensory interplay in marketing contexts with a literature review that forms the basis for a research agenda. The second essay employs focus groups to highlight the congruency between cues, products and the retail setting, and identifies which category of cues is in need of investigation. The third essay uses field experiments to investigate two congruent visual, auditory and olfactory cues (six cues in total) in a retail setting, and their impact on consumer emotion and purchase behavior. The final essay, also use field experiments to examine and duplicate one cue from each sense, and employs these together in interplay, to show how multi-sensory cues in interplay impacts emotions and purchase behaviors.

This research concludes that multi-sensory cues in interplay in a retail store atmosphere have a greater impact on consumer emotions and purchase behaviors than single visual, auditory and olfactory setting-congruent sensory cues. Among single sensory cues, those perceived as complementary in the atmosphere, specifically auditory and olfactory in an already visual dominated atmosphere, have the largest impact on consumer emotions and purchase behaviors. Overall, this research signifies that congruent multi-sensory cues in interplay emerge as reliable predictors for the influence on consumer arousal, valence, time spent, touching, browsing and purchasing Theoretical and managerial implications are discussed. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2017. , p. 114
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Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 297/2017
Keyword [en]
Atmospherics, Congruency, Emotions, Multi-Sensory, Purchase behaviors, Sensory cues, Sensory interplay, Sensory marketing
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Business Administration
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Economy, Marketing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69018ISBN: 978-91-88357-90-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-69018DiVA, id: diva2:1160743
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2017-11-15, Ny200, Gröndalsvägen 19, Kalmar, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-11-29 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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