What if your dentist looked like Tom Cruise? Applying the match-up hypothesis to a service encounter
Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2001
Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Psychology & Marketing
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 91–110, January 2002
How to Cite
Koernig, S. K. and Page, A. L. (2002), What if your dentist looked like Tom Cruise? Applying the match-up hypothesis to a service encounter. Psychol. Mark., 19: 91–110. doi: 10.1002/mar.1003
- Issue online: 16 NOV 2001
- Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2001
Research in advertising suggests the positive effects of spokesperson attractiveness only enhance consumers' attitudes if the attractiveness of the spokesperson matches up with the image of the product (Kahle & Homer, 1985; Kamins, 1990; Parekh & Kanekar, 1994). This study examines the effects of service provider physical attractiveness and tests the application of the match-up hypothesis to the service encounter. Provider physical attractiveness (high, moderate, low) and service type (related or unrelated to attractiveness) were varied in a 3 × 2 factorial design. The experimental results suggest that when service-provider attractiveness is congruent with the image of the service, consumers' ratings of service quality and their attitudes toward the service provider will be maximized. The results are explained with the use of a schema-based information-processing paradigm. © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.