Effects of discount framing in comparative price advertising

McKechnie, S., Devlin, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-1526-8793, Ennew, C. and Smith, A., 2012. Effects of discount framing in comparative price advertising. European Journal of Marketing, 46 (11/12), pp. 1501-1522. ISSN 0309-0566

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Purpose: Our objective is to examine the framing effects of discount presentation format in comparative price advertising in a low-price and a high-price product context. In particular, we study whether identical discounts presented in percentage and absolute terms result in different consumer perceptions of transaction value and purchase intention. Although price promotions have been the subject of previous research, a closer examination of the potential moderating influence of discount size in both contexts is warranted.

Design/methodology/approach: Two separate experiments were designed to isolate the effects of the manner in which discounts are numerically expressed and the size of the discount on consumers‟ perceptions of a retail price promotion in a low-price and a high-price product context.

Findings: The effects of discount framing in comparative price promotions are found to be influenced by discount size in the case of the low-price product context but not the high-price one.

Research Implications/limitations: It is recommended that the study is replicated for other types of low-price and high-price products to confirm the generalisability of the results for each product context.

Practical Implications: Retail managers‟ choice of discount presentation format for both low- and high-price product contexts, and in the case of the former the additional manipulation of discount size, have an impact on the ability of comparative price promotions to accelerate purchases. Meanwhile policy makers should continue to assign significant time and resources to investigating concerns about misleading price comparison based promotions.

Originality/value: The paper provides original insights into the importance of considering the joint effects of discount presentation format and discount size on consumers‟ perceptual and behavioural responses to retail price promotions, unlike previous research which has examined these framing effects separately.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Marketing
Creators: McKechnie, S., Devlin, J., Ennew, C. and Smith, A.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 2012
Volume: 46
Number: 11/12
ISSN: 0309-0566
Rights: Copyright © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 16 Jan 2023 09:46
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2023 09:46
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/47874

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