Involvement, Tate and me

Slater, Alix and Armstrong, Kate (2010) Involvement, Tate and me. Journal of Marketing Management, 26 (7-8) . pp. 727-748. ISSN 0267-257X [Article] (doi:10.1080/0267257X.2010.481868)

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The involvement construct has been explored in relation to products, services and leisure but not in an art museum context. The purpose of this paper is to address this theoretical gap by drawing on the marketing and leisure literature to understand members’ consumption of Tate using the involvement construct. Tate, a portfolio of four art museums in the UK has more than 90,000 members that receive a benefits package in return for a membership fee. Data were collected using an interpretive, qualitative approach. 59 face to face semi-structured interviews were conducted with Tate Members during spring 2008. The narratives expose the complexity in exploring the involvement construct and the analysis revealed six new involvement characteristics: 1) Centrality and Pleasure; 2) Desire to Learn; 3) Escapism: Spirituality and Creativity; 4) Sense of Belonging and Prestige; 5) Physical; and 6) Drivers of Involvement. These are discussed in the context of previous studies into museum consumption, services and leisure involvement literature. The authors discuss how these findings may be transferred to other settings and the managerial implications for marketers and membership managers are considered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: New Horizons in Arts, Heritage, Nonprofit and Social Marketing
Keywords (uncontrolled): Involvement Tate Members Qualitative Motivation Museum Consumers
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 10749
Depositing User: Alix Slater
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 09:39
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 01:03

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