Summaries | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 45, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1384-6930
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7286


[Zeph van Berlo, Eva van Reijmersdal & Esther Rozendaal

The rules of the game. The role of brand familiarity in mobile advergames

This study examined the role of brand familiarity on the susceptibility of adolescents in mobile advergames. Susceptibility was measured by considering brand attitude, brand recall, and persuasion knowledge activation. An experiment among adolescents age 13 to 18 (N = 81) showed that both familiar and unfamiliar brand placement did not affect brand attitudes directly, however did increase brand recall. Familiar brand placements showed a positive effect on persuasion knowledge activation, and subsequently a positive indirect effect on both brand attitude and brand recall. When the persuasive intent of a familiar brand placement was recognized, persuasion knowledge activation resulted in a higher brand attitude towards the familiar brand and a better recall of the brand. No effects on persuasion knowledge, nor an indirect effect on brand attitude or recall was found for the unfamiliar brand placement. These findings suggest that adolescents are highly susceptible to brand placement of familiar brands in advergames, especially when the persuasive intent is identified.

Keywords: advergames, adolescents, brand familiarity, persuasion knowledge, brand attitudes.

, Sara De Vuyst

Hacking gender in journalism. A multi-method study on gender issues in the rapidly changing and digitalised field of news production

This article explores gender issues in a rapidly changing journalistic work environment. There are several traditional gender divides in the current journalistic landscape. First, women are still underrepresented in newsrooms. Second, journalism is horizontally and vertically segregated based on gender. The purpose of this article is to test the extent to which these traditional gender divides are present in Belgian (Flemish) journalism and whether recent developments in the media sector have had an impact on traditional barriers for women in journalism or whether they have created new gender divides. The article addresses three central research questions: (1) To what extent is Belgian journalism characterised by traditional gender divides? (2) To what extent have traditional gender divides evolved in a changing journalistic work environment in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium? (3) To what extent has digitalisation contributed to new gender divides in journalism? Four studies based on surveys and in-depth interviews contribute to answering different aspects of the central research questions.

Keywords: news production, gender segregation, digitalization, working conditions, multi-method

, Gertjan Willems

Digital tools for qualitative data analysis in historical communication research: application and reflections

This article reflects upon the opportunities and limitations of digital tools for qualitative data analysis, or ‘computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software’ (CAQDAS), in historical communication research. This is done by drawing upon the research design of a finished study. The article emphasizes the importance of collecting a diversity of sources, methodological triangulation and the complementarity of quantitative and qualitative data. Next, the article argues for a transparent explication of the use of CAQDAS by demonstrating how NVivo was used for coding and analyzing a large amount of archival documentation. This results in a discussion about the opportunities CAQDAS offers in terms of time efficiency and consistency for the analysis of the data. At the same time, researchers should be cautious about possible limitations to the application of CAQDAS for historical communication research, particularly in terms of automatic coding and historical source criticism.

Keywords: CAQDAS, qualitative research, digital tools, historical communication research, NVivo

, Maria Mos & Naomi Kamoen

Good tennis players do not lose matches; Two reaction time studies on the effect of attribute framing in stance-argument pairs

We investigated the hypothesis that congruent argument-stance sentence pairs (good-win and bad-lose) are easier to process than incongruent pairs (good-lose and bad-win) in two studies measuring reaction times. The principle of Argumentative Orientation (Holleman & Pander Maat, 2009) predicts that writers adjust their choice of words to the conclusion they want to draw, and that readers are sensitive to this profile choice. An argument which is framed positively (e.g. ‘Djokovic won 8 of his last 10 games’) ties in with a positive evaluative stance (‘Djokovic is a good tennis player’), while a negatively framed argument (‘Djokovic lost 2 of his last 10 games’) might be used to defend a negative opinion (‘Djokovic is a bad tennis player’). If this is the case, this should be reflected in sentence processing. In line with AO, participants made faster and more accurate judgments of congruent pairs than incongruent pairs.

Keywords: attribute framing, Argumentative Orientation, sentence processing, reaction times

, Maja Keldermans & Tim Smits

Unexpected advertising media and the role of product congruence

Creative media channels offer opportunities to stand out and attract attention in times where consumers are overwhelmed by persuasive messages. There is, however, little research on the impact of congruence or incongruence between the advertised product and the medium on attitudes (towards the ad and product), buying intentions and attention. Therefore, this study assessed the comparative effectiveness of type of media (traditional versus creative) and an (in)congruent product placement by means of a 2x2 experimental between-subjects design. Results of 222 adults aged 18 to 30 showed that a creative medium attracts significantly more attention, but that a traditional medium evokes the most positive attitudes. Furthermore, results showed that only for a creative medium, congruence between medium and product is an important condition to generate more positive effects on the outcome variables. This suggests that (in)congruence is an important moderating factor in the process of creative ad placement.

Keywords: creative media choice, congruence, incongruence, schema incongruity theory, effective advertising strategies.


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