Message-to-person versus person-to-message: An alternative way to conceptualize personalized advertising

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This study provides an alternative way to conceptualize personalized advertising and discusses when and why nonpersonalized information can be more effective than personalized information in changing people's attitudes and behavioral intentions. Different from the traditional personalization approach in the literature that personalizes a message for an individual, this alternative way of thinking is to personalize an individual for a message. It is argued that an individual can be personalized for a message via priming tactics and it leads to reverse personalization effects where a nonpersonalized message generates stronger persuasion effects than a personalized message. The effects of priming on personalization are moderated by perceived prime credibility and mediated by perceived message relevance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1237-1248
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology and Marketing
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes



  • match
  • personalization
  • personalized advertising
  • priming
  • tailoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Marketing

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