Gender Differences in Information Search: Implications for Retailing


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  • Consumer behavior toward information search is an important and critical component of consumer decision making models. Focusing on the information consumers choose to reach a purchase decision, an understanding of how consumers reduce uncertainty and increase purchase confidence can be tested
  • In general, men are likely to make decisions based on the evaluation of relevant cues in the environment, while women are more likely to make decisions based on the thorough processing of all available information. considering purchase confidence, women are less likely than men to take risks, and when risk is perceived as being present women’s decisions tend to be more conservative than those of their male. This study examines the relationship between internal knowledge, search behavior, purchase confidence, and gender differences as they relate to search behavior.
  • There are three distinct but related ways in which consumer knowledge is conceptualized and measured. Objective and subjective knowledge are categorized as the two elements of knowledge, while past product experience determines both objective : How much a person actually knows about the product subjective knowledge: How much a person thinks he/she knows about a product It was also found that subjective knowledge was a better predictor of search behavior than objective knowledge
  • Consumer information search behavior encompasses what is termed internal and external information search. Internal information search involves memory, or internal knowledge, and occurs prior to external information search. External information search refers to everything but memory when searching for information. Although internal and external information search behaviors are conceptually distinct, they are related because external information search is dependent on memory. External information include Personal and impersonal. These various external sources have their advantages. One advantage of personal sources of information is they are considered credible sources and consumers respect their opinions, by providing advice that may be suited to the particular purchase decision. The benefit of impersonal sources of information, such as critics, is they are often likely to have greater expertise about the product
  • A factorial multivariate analysis of variance was used to analyze how respondents selected a source of information when making a wine buying decision using situational use, purchase confidence and gender, and subjective knowledge.
  • In this study, they chose Wine as the product. There are four reasons. First, the consumption of wine provides a variety of drinking situations which you’ll see in the next slide. Second, Wine is an experiential consumer product and like others it is difficult for a consumer to know exactly what they are getting just by looking at the Product. Third, can be influenced by gender perceptions of the product. Researchers have suggested that certain products are perceived to be gender specific and individuals with stronger feminine or masculine identities associate with products that appeal to that gender direction Last, wine market are thriving.
  • There are three IV, usage situation, purchase confidence and subjective knowledge. 3 scenario were presented in usage situation which is buying wine as a gift… the purchase confidence were measured by direct questions about perceived levels of purchase confidence, There are divided to 3 levels, high neutral and low. Four questions were used in measuring subjective knowledge. Three were 7-point scale items anchored at either end with “strongly agree” and “strongly disagree” and a single 7-point scale item with “not at all knowledgeable” and “very knowledgeable”. Also the outcome was categorized as 3 levels, High, some and low.
  • To measure the DV- source of information, six 7-point scale items were asked, anchored with “not very important” and “very important” The separate measured indicator variables were: two personal sources of information (recommendations from a clerk/salesperson and/or from a friend/family member, three impersonal sources of information (recommendations provided by wine critics, point of sale material, and published material) and oneself as a source of information (personal experiences).
  • 45 percent of the respondents were male and 55% were female .The average age of respondents was 41 years and 71% were under 51 years of age. Respondents had high levels of education with 80% of the sample having earned either an undergraduate or graduate degree. Females reported higher level of education than did males. 35% reported annual household incomes exceeded $100,000. There were an equal number of males as there were females reporting over $100,000 of income.
  • For purchase confidence, 26% reported high confidence and 18% reported low confidence. But when considering gender, males had a greater level of purchase confidence (30%) than did females (22%). When respondents were asked about their subjective wine knowledge, males were significantly more likely than females to feel very knowledgeable about wine. Compared to their friends, males were significantly more likely than females to consider themselves one of the experts on wine. Males reported a greater level of overall “high” subjective knowledge (59%) than did females (46%). It shows that males found impersonal sources of information most important more than females, while females considered personal sources of information most important more than males. BUT!( 按 )When considering the purchase of wine as a gift, males found recommendations from friends/family and retail sales clerk most important, as did females.
  • Following tables are analysis of the dependent variates to assess which of the dependent variables contribute to the overall differences. The upper table tells us that the main effect of situational use had significance. There also got smiliar tables like this for each IV to test its significance. But since its not our focus so I would just skip them. Now look at the univariate F test, We can see that 3 Dvs which means our source of information (self, retail clerk and friends)are significant among situational use.
  • In this table, only 2 Dvs (retail clerk and friends)are significant among genders.
  • About purchase confidence, We can see that 2 Dvs (friends and self )are significant.
  • significant differences were found among the two levels of subjective knowledge on the dependent measures. The ANOVA on the “Published” variable scores was significant, while the ANOVA on the “Critic” scores was significant
  • Basic on the previous slides
  • Pairwise Comparisons for Situational Use, Subjective Knowledge Gender, and Purchase Confidence Independent Variables. Situational Experiences - For the independent variable situational experiences, the results indicate that for the sources of information “Self”, there is a significant difference between wine selected for a dinner party away from home with business associate/boss and wine for dinner party away from home with friends, where respondents would more likely choose themselves when selecting a bottle of wine for a dinner party with friends, Yet for a dinner party away from home with a business associate, the “Retail Clerk” was selected as a source. Gender - Females were significantly more likely to rely on the personal source “Friends” than males would, while males would rely on published material more than females would Purchase Confidence- When confronted with a purchase situation, those consumers with high levels of purchase confidence were significantly more likely to select themselves as a source of information. Selecting a “Friend” as a source of information was significantly more likely by those with low purchase confidence Post hoc analysis of the interaction results, indicated that when presented with the situation of purchasing wine for a dinner party away from home with friends, males with low purchase confidence and low subjective knowledge intended to select a and a retail clerk as sources of information was more important to them than it was to females . Given the same situation, females with high purchase confidence and high subjective knowledge indicated that selecting the retail clerk was more important to them as a source of information than males
  • Three key findings emerge from this research. 2.It appears that, when gender differences emerge given different purchase situations, it is because males' are more likely to ask family/friend or for retail assistance, despite their overall higher subjective knowledge and level of purchase confidence. 3. This suggests that without the high confidence and self-assessed knowledge, males are more willing to engage in interpersonal interaction. Since Males are thought to be culturally prohibited from intimacy and expressive affectivity with same-sex friend.
  • Gender Differences in Information Search: Implications for Retailing

    1. 1. 01 WINTERGender Differences in TemplateInformation Search:Implications for Retailing by Sheng-Fen Chien Nelson Barber University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire Tim Dodd and Natalia Kolyesnikova Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas Journal of Consumer Marketing 26/6(2009) P.415-426
    2. 2. Purpose 02To examine the influence on search behaviorof gender, purchase confidence, and internalknowledge during different purchase situations.It is expected that there will be gender differences onsearch behavior, particularly given different purchasesituations.
    3. 3. Introduction 03Previous study…Previous study…Although an individual’s perception of risk is ‘subjective’, the Although an individual’s perception of risk is ‘subjective’, themanner in which it is perceived and information evaluated is manner in which it is perceived and information evaluated isrelated to gender (Meyers-Levy and Maheswaran, 1991). related to gender (Meyers-Levy and Maheswaran, 1991). Making Decision Purchase Confidence evaluation of relevant More willing to take cues in the environment chance thorough processing of More conservative all available informationResearchers Darley and Smith, 1995 Rahman, 2000
    4. 4. Internal Knowledge 041. Past product experience2. Objective knowledge3. Subjective knowledge predictor of search behavior
    5. 5. Search Behavior 05 Internal External Information Information •• Memory Memory •• Everything but Everything but •• Internal knowledge Internal knowledge memory memory •• occurs prior to occurs prior to external information external information search. search. Personal Impersonal (ex: friends, (ex: critics, salesperson magazines) )
    6. 6. Purchase Confidence 06 WINTERConsumer purchase confidence is the extent to Templatewhich a consumer feels capable and assured withrespect to marketplace decisions and behaviors. Assuch, purchase confidence reflects consumers’subjective evaluations of their ability to generatepositive experiences in the marketplace.
    7. 7. Method 07 Self-selected, judgment sample Pilot: 25 individuals in different states of America 1200 internet survey, 45%response rateMANOVA (Multivariate analysis ofvariance)
    8. 8. Wine 08 AnProvides a experientialvariety of consumerdrinking productsituationsCan beinfluenced Wine marketsby gender are thrivingperceptions
    9. 9. Independent Variable 09 Usage Purchase Subjective Situation Confidence Knowledge 1. As a gift Directly ask Four questions 2. Dinner party questions about using two 7 point away from perceived levels scale. home of purchase 1.High 3. Business/bos confidence. 2.Some s dinner party 1.High 3.Low away from 2.Neutral home 3.Low Strongly Strongly agree disagree Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Very knowledg knowledg eable eable
    10. 10. Dependent Variable 10 Source of information Personal 1. Friend/family 2. Clerk/salesman Impersonal 3. Critics 4. Point of sale material 5. Published material 6. Personal experiences Not very 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Very important important
    11. 11. Result- Descriptive 11 WINTER Template 35% househ old Average income age: >$100, 41(71%>51 000 F=M years old) 80% high educated F>M
    12. 12. Result- Descriptive 12 Male Female Purchase 30% high 22% high Confidence confidence confidence Subjective Knowledge- •Feel M=4.3 M=3.6 knowledgeable SD=1.1 As a gift, SD=1.3 •Compare to friends/famil friends, consider M=4.1 clerks y and M=3.1 themselves SD=1.0 the become SD=1.2 most experts important! Sources of Critics(M=4.2) Friends/Family(M= information Published 5.5) material(M=4.1) Clerks(M=4.3)
    13. 13. MANOVA-Situational use13Table 1. Factorial Design MANOVA Summary Table: Main Effect of Situational UseMultivariate Tests of Significance Statistical Power of MANOVA Tests Univariate F Tests
    14. 14. MANOVA-Gender 14 Univariate F Tests
    15. 15. 15MANOVA-Purchase ConfidenceUnivariate F Tests
    16. 16. 16MANOVA-Subjective Knowledge Univariate F Tests WINTER Template
    17. 17. Overall factorial effect 17 Situational Gender Purchase Subjective Use Confidence knowledgeFriend/familyClerk/sales-manCriticsPoint of salematerialPublishedmaterialPersonalexperiences
    18. 18. Pairwise Comparisons 18
    19. 19. Discussion 19 Females search behavior often entails interpersonal affiliations and are accepting of others opinions. For males, they found impersonal or published material, most important in information search confirming the belief that males are less comfortable with personal interaction in making decisions Offer insight into how males search for information When knowledge and confidence are considered, along with gender, then the differences are remarkably different and unexpected.
    20. 20. What I think… 20 Wine as a product Questionnaire?? Samples might not be representative Method is quite complicated Questions?
    21. 21. WINTERTemplate