Predicting Volunteers’ Intention to Return: An Examination of Brand Personality, Prestige, and Identification of Sporting Events
Work by Hyejin Bang, Soonhwan Lee and Kamilla Swart, published at Event Management, Volume 18, Number 2. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship among four variables: brand personality traits, prestige of a sporting event, brand identification, and individuals’ intention to return to volunteer for future sporting events.Five personality traits were included in the study: sincerity, excitement, competence, sophistication, and ruggedness. A proposed conceptual model was developed and tested with a sample of volunteers at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Two hundred twenty-four individuals participated in a self-administered questionnaire during the event. Results from structural equation model analysis showed that three brand personality dimensions—sincerity, competence, and sophistication—were associated with individuals’ prestige of the sporting event. Furthermore, event prestige positively influenced brand identification, which had a positive impact on volunteers’ intention to return for volunteering.