Title: The impacts of self-concept on brand image and loyalty with mediating role of the consumers' need for uniqueness theory
Authors: Sepideh Najafi; Mohsen Alvandi
Addresses: Department of Marketing, Imam Khomeini International University (IKIU), Noruzian Street, Qazvin 34149-16818, Iran ' Department of Industrial Management, Imam Khomeini International University (IKIU), Noruzian Street, Qazvin 34149-16818, Iran
Abstract: The main purpose of this study is evaluating the impacts of self-concept on brand image and loyalty, with regard to the mediating role of the consumers' need for uniqueness theory in three dimensions (avoidance of similarity, unpopular choice counter-conformity and creative choice counter-conformity) in luxury branding. For this research, 87 questionnaires were gathered from luxury goods buyers. The collected data were analysed by partial least square (PLS) method. The results indicate that there are positive relationship between independent self-concept with avoidance of similarity, creative choice counter-conformity and unpopular choice counter-conformity. Also, the positive impact of avoidance of similarity on brand loyalty and creative choice counter-conformity on brand image and brand loyalty confirmed. The results of this study help luxury brands managers to understand luxury buyer's intentions, for developing their markets better than before.
Keywords: brand loyalty; brand image; self-concept; status seeking; luxury market.
International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2017 Vol.13 No.4, pp.519 - 537
Received: 26 Mar 2015
Accepted: 28 Jun 2015
Published online: 12 Jul 2017 *