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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (5): 922-933.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00922

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The Connotation, Mechanism and Effects of Self-Brand Connections

WANG Caiyu   

  1. (Department of Psychology, College of Education Science, Xinyang Normal University, Xinyang 464000, China)
  • Received:2012-09-25 Online:2013-05-15 Published:2013-05-15
  • Contact: WANG Caiyu

Abstract: Self-brand Connections (SBC) measure the extent to which consumers have incorporated brands into their individual or social self-concept. There are two types of mechanisms that explain the formation of brand connections. In the viewpoint of consumers’ identity, consumers construct individual, social or national brand connections according to different aspects of identity. From the perspective of brand communication, the formation of brand connections consisted of three stages. The effects of self-brand connections are that brand connections have active, positive influence on the consumer-brand relationship, but this effect realized will be affected by many factors. Future studies should focus on cultural psychology, ego psychology of self-brand connections and the mechanism of our country consumers how to form national brand connections.

Key words: self-brand connections, social identity, brand community, brand country-of-origin connection