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Effectiveness of CSR Advertising: The Role of Reputation, Consumer Attributions, and Emotions

Abstract: Despite companies' wishes to publicise their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, communication remains a challenge. This research study tries to contribute to the literature, analysing the antecedents and consequences of attitude towards a CSR advertisement in the financial sector. Specifically, we designed a causal model, which included the prior ethical reputation, the range of possible attributions, and the mix of emotions provoked by the advertisement. We surveyed 225 adults in Spain who evaluated a fictitious advertisement for companies of different ethical reputations, conveying a philanthropic cause. As a result, it was observed that the advertisement generated a mix of intrinsic and extrinsic attributions and a mix of positive and negative emotions, and the prior ethical reputation of the company was a key antecedent of the effectiveness of the communication. Furthermore, a good attitude towards the advertisement has rewards, in terms of improvement of attitudes towards the brand and behavioural intentions. Copyright (c) 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

 Fuente: Corporate social responsibility and environmental management. Volume 25, Issue 2, p. 194-208

Editorial: John Wiley and Sons

 Fecha de publicación: 01/04/2018

Nº de páginas: 18

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1002/csr.1453

ISSN: 1535-3958,1535-3966

Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/csr.1453