The Effects of Product Placement in Fictitious Literature on Consumer Purchase Intention Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Three experiments tested whether brand-name products placed in a short story would be more often selected when two identical products with different brand names were presented in either a picture or text format in forced choice purchase intention and placement recognition tests. In Experiments 1a and 1b, there was no significant influence of product placement in a pictorial purchase intention task. However, in Experiments 2a and 2b, a reliable and equal level of recognition memory was observed, regardless of whether the products were presented in a picture (Exp. 2a) or text (Exp. 2b) format. In Experiment 3, the products were presented in a text format in the purchase intention task and participants more often and more quickly chose the brand-name product from the story. At a practical level, these results suggest some limits to the usefulness of product placement in text.

author list (cited authors)

  • Barnhardt, T. M., Manzano, I., Brito, M., Myrick, M., & Smith, S. M.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • October 2016