With a significant spending power, the African American segment is one of the most lucrative, interesting, and complex targets for national and local advertisers. As this consumer segment continues to grow in importance, marketers need to focus on what types of products could benefit from African American-targeted advertising. Our research studies show African Americans respond to advertising targeted to them and their responses are moderated by ethnic identification and product involvement. Consistent with both theoretical frameworks, distinctiveness theory and ethnic identification theory, we found that identified African Americans prefer African American models especially when advertising low-involvement products.
Torres, Ivonne M. and Luna-Nevarez, Cuauhtémoc, "What Products Can Benefit from African American Advertising Appeals? The Moderating Role of Product Involvement" (2012). WCOB Faculty Publications. 272.