Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Journalism

Title

Moderating effects of collectivism on customized communication: A test with tailored and targeted messages

Language

English

Abstract

A growing body of research has shown that customized messages have certain advantages over non-customized ones such as being more memorable and more persuasive. However, most prior studies tested customization effects with American participants only. It remains a mystery in the literature how people from other cultures may process customized messages. The current article examined the effects of two types of customized information, tailored and targeted, through two studies. Thirty Chinese working professionals and students in the US participated in study 1 and 56 Asian students in Hong Kong participated in study 2. In both studies, participants' tendencies toward collectivistic and individualistic cultures were measured. It was found that more collectivism-oriented participants generated higher recall and more favorable attitudes toward targeted messages, whereas less collectivism-oriented participants generated higher recall and more favorable attitudes toward tailored messages. © 2011 Copyright AMIC/SCI-NTU.

Keywords

collectivism, customization, individualism, tailored communication, targeted communication

Publication Date

2011

Source Publication Title

Asian Journal of Communication

Volume

21

Issue

6

Start Page

575

End Page

594

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/01292986.2011.609596

ISSN (print)

01292986

ISSN (electronic)

17420911

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