We develop a new measurement scale to assess consumers’ brand likeability in firm-level brands. We present brand likeability as a multidimensional construct. In the context of service experience purchases, we find that increased likeability in brands results in: (1)Â greater amount of positive association; (2)Â increased interaction interest; (3)Â more personified quality; and (4)Â increased brand contentment. The four-dimensional multiple-item scale demonstrates good psychometric properties, showing strong evidence of reliability as well as convergent, discriminant and nomological validity. Our findings reveal that brand likeability is positively associated with satisfaction and positive word of mouth. The scale extends existing branding research, providing brand managers with a metric so that likeability can be managed strategically. It addresses the need for firms to act more likeably in an interaction-dominated economy. Focusing on likeability acts as a differentiator and encourages likeable brand personality traits. We present theoretical implications and future research directions on the holistic brand likeability concept.
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Nguyen, B., Ekinci, Y., Simkin, L., & Melewar, T. C. (2015). The brand likeability scale: An exploratory study of likeability in firm-level brands. International Journal of Market Research, 57(5), 777–800. https://doi.org/10.2501/IJMR-2015-063