Using self-referencing to explain the effectiveness of ethnic minority models in advertising

  title={Using self-referencing to explain the effectiveness of ethnic minority models in advertising},
  author={Christina Lee and Nalini Fernandez and Brett A. S. Martin},
  journal={International Journal of Advertising},
  pages={367 - 379}
Advertising research has generally not gone beyond offering support for a positive effect where ethnic models in advertising are viewed by consumers of the same ethnicity. This study offers an explanation behind this phenomenon that can be useful to marketers using self-reference theory. Our experiment reveals a strong self-referencing effect for ethnic minority individuals. Specifically, Asian subjects (the ethnic minority group) self-referenced ads with Asian models more than white subjects… 
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