Examining the antecedents of persuasive eWOM messages in social media

Shasha Teng, Kok Wei Khong, Wei Wei Goh, Alain Yee Loong Chong

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Abstract

Purpose: Numerous electronic word-of-mouth (eWOM) studies have been conducted to examine the effectiveness of persuasive eWOM messages. Despite the impact of eWOM messages in decisionmaking processes, few researches have directly tested potential antecedents of persuasive eWOM messages among message recipients in social media context. The purpose of this paper is to critically discuss and examine the determinants of persuasive eWOM messages when message recipients intend to accept and use eWOM messages.

Design/methodology/approach: The authors reviewed extant literature of eWOM and proposed hypotheses regarding persuasive eWOM messages in social media context. A survey of 78 respondents was conducted and the data were analysed using SmartPLS.

Findings: This study found that argument quality, source credibility, source attractiveness, source perception and source style are critical antecedents of persuasive eWOM messages. The PLS results suggested that source credibility (trustworthiness), source perception (usefulness, social ties) and source style (visual cues, number) are main characteristics of credible eWOM messages in relation to users' intention to accept and use online reviews. The variance of information acceptance and intention to use were also explained in the findings.

Practical implications: This paper identified critical antecedents of persuasive eWOM messages and suggested eWOM messages as a credible source. An integrated conceptual framework was developed to illustrate comprehensive antecedents of persuasive eWOM messages, and the relationships between these messages, information acceptance and intention to use.

Originality/value: The significance of the study is to identify the effectiveness of eWOM messages and its impact on intention to accept and use these messages. Moreover, this study will provide insightful guidelines for marketers with practical implications in approaching emerging markets via eWOM initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-768
Number of pages23
JournalOnline Information Review
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • Argument quality
  • Information acceptance
  • Persuasive eWOM messages
  • Social media
  • Source attractiveness
  • Source credibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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