Attitudes towards American brands and Brand America

Jami A. Fullerton, Alice Kendrick, Kara K W Chan, Matthew Hamilton, Gayle Kerr

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Abstract

A study of 556 students at colleges and universities in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore explored the relationship between attitude towards the United States and brand attitudes and preferences. Singaporean student attitudes towards both the US Government and US people were higher than were those of the Australian and Hong Kong students. Coke, Nike and McDonald's were among both the most-liked and disliked US brands among the international students, a finding suggesting that brands may possess both a ‘lovemark’ status, as described in the literature, and its opposite —‘loathemark’ status — within the same demographic group. US brand preference scores did not offer support for the belief that international consumers ‘vote with their pocketbooks’ by refusing to purchase US brands if they have a negative attitude towards the United States. Among Hong Kong and Singaporean students, favourable attitudes towards the purchase of US brands was found to be positively related to favourability towards the US Government.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-212
JournalPlace Branding and Public Diplomacy
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2007

User-Defined Keywords

  • Attitude towards America
  • US brands
  • Asia-Pacific countries
  • anti-Americanism

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