As consumers, we pay more attention to those that we believe have more credibility or authority than ourselves. This Prestige Bias is evident in all different types of advertisement. On occasion, actors will dress up as dentists to endorse a toothpaste or as doctors to encourage a medication.
Pratkanis refers to this type of advertising as High Status-Admirer Altercast due to the employment of Katy Perry. Bickman (1974) found that people were more likely to return dimes to people they perceived them as having higher status. In this study, a confederate would approach a subject and ask if they had found a dime they left in the phone booth. It was found that if the person was wearing a suit, they were perceived as higher status and 77% of participants returned the dime. However, if the confederate was poorly dressed, on 38% of participants returned the dime. These findings are illustrated in the graph below.
dvertising by hiring high-status individuals to convince consumers to purchase their product.