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Journal Article

Managing Images in Different Cultures: A Cross-National Study of Color Meanings and Preferences

Thomas J. Madden, Kelly Hewett and Martin S. Roth
Journal of International Marketing
Vol. 8, No. 4 (2000), pp. 90-107
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25048831
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Color is an integral part of products, services, packaging, logos, and other collateral and can be an effective means of creating and sustaining brand and corporate images in customers' minds. Through an eight-country study, the authors explore consumers' preferences for different colors and color combinations. The results show cross-cultural patterns of both similarity and dissimilarity in color preferences and color meaning associations. When subjects are asked to match colors for a product logo, some color combinations suggest a consistency in meaning, whereas other combinations suggest colors whose meanings are complementary. The authors discuss implications for managing color to create and sustain brand and corporate images across international markets.

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