Shopping soundtracks : evaluating the musicscape using introspective data

Oakes, Steve and Patterson, Anthony and Oakes, Helen (2013) Shopping soundtracks : evaluating the musicscape using introspective data. Arts Marketing: An International Journal, 3 (1). pp. 41-57.

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Purpose Despite the relatively low cultural status of department store music, it is proposed that music – the shopping soundtrack – is capable of transforming perceptions of the environment in which it is heard, and eliciting immediate emotional and behavioural responses, thus underlining the influence of music, regardless of whether it is passively heard as a background element or actively listened to as a live performance in a dedicated venue. Design/methodology/approach This study addresses a gap in the marketing literature for introspective research evaluating the experience of music in service environments. It draws upon auto‐ethnographic data through which participants ponder their own consumption experience and provide detailed, subjective accounts of events and memories. Findings When considering the effects of music upon emotional, cognitive and behavioural responses, it highlights the importance of musicscape response moderators. Practical implications The service environment appears more exciting and attractive and may encourage increased spending when background music is congruous with other servicescape elements. Music with positive autobiographical resonance elicits pleasurably nostalgic emotions, positive evaluations and longer stay. However, the aural incongruity of unexpected silence in music‐free zones produces feelings of discomfort leading to negative store evaluation and departure. Originality/value Qualitative data are deliberately represented using typically positivist discourse to encourage resolution of the inherent tension between interpretivist and positivist perspectives and stimulate increased methodological integration (e.g. through future studies of music combining quantitative and qualitative data).

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Arts Marketing: An International Journal
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