Really new products (RNPs) are often difficult to comprehend, which may hinder consumers’ adoption. It is generally believed that designers can stimulate consumers’ comprehension by embodying RNPs in the form of product metaphors. However, empirical evidence for this is lacking. This study empirically examines the effects of product metaphors on consumers’ comprehension of RNPs. The findings of an experiment (N= 114) demonstrated an interaction effect of the presence of a product metaphor and a textual clue that explains the product metaphor on consumers’ comprehension of RNPs. Specifically, embodying a RNP in the form of a product metaphor will confuse consumers and reduce comprehension, unless the product metaphor is also explained through a textual clue.
|Name||Conference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy|
|Publisher||The Design Society|
|Conference||The Design Management Academy 2017 International Conference|
|Period||7/06/17 → 9/06/17|
- consumers’ comprehension
- really new products (RNPs)
- product metaphor