Understanding Consumer Response to Sponsorship Information: A Resource-Matching Approach
Article first published online: 29 MAR 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Psychology & Marketing
Volume 29, Issue 4, pages 226–239, April 2012
How to Cite
Deitz, G. D., Myers, S. W. and Stafford, M. R. (2012), Understanding Consumer Response to Sponsorship Information: A Resource-Matching Approach. Psychol. Mark., 29: 226–239. doi: 10.1002/mar.20517
- Issue published online: 29 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 29 MAR 2012
Sponsorship of sporting teams and events has become an increasingly popular form of corporate and brand communication. Despite the continued growth of sponsorship spending, the corresponding literature base is highly fragmented and little agreement exists related to the psychological mechanisms underlying response. This paper integrates several prominent sponsorship research streams in promoting a “resource-matching” perspective of cognitive elaboration and attitude change. This research holds that in the absence of clear functional fit between sponsor and event, identifying a basis for sponsor–event fit is likely to require some degree of cognitive effort. The results indicate stronger social identification with the sponsored event influences the favorability they attribute to sponsor motives and promotes stronger perceptions of fit between the sponsor and the sponsored activity. Further, the results indicate fit perceptions mediate the relationship between attribution and sponsorship response. Consistent with ELM theory, when cognitive resources are insufficient for the complexity of the fit-matching task, social identification may still act as a peripheral cue in driving a positive affective response to sponsorship information.