Knowledge effects on the exploratory acquisition of wine
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Wine Business Research, ISSN 1751-1062, E-ISSN 1751-1070, Vol. 27, no 2, 84-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose – This paper aims to determine whether exploratory wine purchasing behaviour is affected by consumers’ objective and subjective wine knowledge. Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire was developed using recognised scales for exploratory consumer tendencies, objective and subjective wine knowledge. The survey was administered using the MTurk platform. A factor analysis was first used to test the psychometric properties of the measures of the three constructs. Once the robustness of the measures was ascertained, cross-tabulations and testing via ANOVA’s of the demographics of age, gender, weekly wine consumption and education on the constructs was undertaken. In addition the causal relationship of subjective and objective wine knowledge on exploratory purchase behaviour was investigated via the use of multiple regression analysis. Findings – The results show that consumers with more real (objective) knowledge of wines are more likely to participate in exploratory wine purchasing. Objective wine knowledge is greatest amongst older consumers and those who consume more wine. Research limitations/implications – While attempts were made to limit biases due to the research approach, the results may lack generalisability because a US sample only, was used. Recommendations for future research extending the sample population as well as for changes to the question formats are suggested. Practical implications – The findings of this study have implications for wine marketers in that marketing strategies and activities (labelling, distribution, media, etc.) may need to be adapted depending on the exploratory purchasing behaviour and wine knowledge of their target customers. Originality/value – Exploratory wine acquisition behaviour is important to wine marketers. This behaviour encourages trial but, at the same time, impacts brand loyalty. This paper identifies the characteristics of consumers in terms of wine knowledge, consumption and demographics most likely to exhibit this behaviour and provides support for the need for marketers to identify these consumers and adapt their marketing activities targeting them.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 27, no 2, 84-102 p.
Exploratory acquisition, Objective knowledge, Regression, Subjective knowledge, Survey research, Wine
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-170306DOI: 10.1108/IJWBR-09-2014-0038ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84930318996OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-170306DiVA: diva2:827689
QC 201506292015-06-292015-06-292015-12-17Bibliographically approved