Adding a New Dimension to Advertising | Undergraduate Honors Thesis

Spring 2016 | Thesis adviser: JoAnn Sciarrino | Honors level: With Highest Honors

Adding a New Dimension to Advertising: The Effects of Branded Augmented Reality on Brand Attachment and Purchase Intent

by Lauren Grady '16

This thesis examines the relationship between branded augmented reality and its impact on brand attachment and purchase intent. By assessing the impacts of this emerging technology in the branding sphere, I define its effectiveness in creating a lasting relationship between the consumer and the brand, as well as determining any increases in purchase intent as a direct correlation from exposure to the augmented reality app. I implemented L’Oreal Makeup Genius mobile application, an augmented reality technology that directly applies makeup to the user’s face through an iPad screen, to qualitatively measure brand attachment and purchase intent. I used a qualitative analysis of three focus groups – current L’Oreal customers, competitor customers (Almay, Maybelline, NYC Cosmetics, MAC, CoverGirl, Revlon), and non-makeup users. This thesis sets out to assess if brand-self connections and brand prominence, two prongs of brand attachment, increase as a direct result of using branded augmented reality, if purchase intent increases, and best practices for use of the technology.



Many Honors Carolina students cap their undergraduate experience with a Senior Honors Thesis, partnering with a faculty mentor to develop original research or creative work. Students who successfully defend their thesis before a faculty review panel graduate with Honors or Highest Honors. Each year, approximately 350 students complete a Senior Honors Thesis. For many of those students, the thesis becomes a first publication or an important part of their application to graduate or professional school. Students who wish to undertake a Senior Honors Thesis project must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Academic departments may set higher thresholds for course work within students’ major field of study.

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