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Sustainability 2015, 7(5), 4829-4849; doi:10.3390/su7054829

The Influence of Green Viral Communications on Green Purchase Intentions: The Mediating Role of Consumers’ Susceptibility to Interpersonal Influences

Department of International Business, Tamkang University, 151 Ying-Chuan Road, Tamsui, New Taipei City 25137, Taiwan
Academic Editor: Panayiota Alevizou
Received: 9 February 2015 / Revised: 29 March 2015 / Accepted: 14 April 2015 / Published: 23 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenges for Marketers in Sustainable Production and Consumption)
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This paper aims to incorporate the diffusion of innovation theory and conformity theory to explain consumers’ green purchase intentions. To this end, a conceptual model has been proposed and subjected to empirical verification with the use of a survey method. Using a sample of Taiwanese consumers who had the actual purchase experience of green detergents, this study employed structural equation modeling to verify the hypothesis proposed. The empirical results suggested that green viral communication was positively related to normative interpersonal influence, informational interpersonal influence and green purchase intention. Informational interpersonal influence also had a positive impact on green purchase intention. However, the relationship between consumer’s normative interpersonal influence and green purchase intention was not supported. Thus, this study concludes that green marketers must strengthen their green viral communications skills to enhance consumers’ purchase intentions. In addition, this study also contributes to the literature by stating that consumers’ susceptibility to informational interpersonal relationships is an important mediator in the green viral communication and green purchase intentions relationship. This study discusses implications of the findings and research limitations at the end of the paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: green viral communication; green purchase intention; normative interpersonal influence; informational interpersonal influence; green marketing. green viral communication; green purchase intention; normative interpersonal influence; informational interpersonal influence; green marketing.
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Chang, S.-H. The Influence of Green Viral Communications on Green Purchase Intentions: The Mediating Role of Consumers’ Susceptibility to Interpersonal Influences. Sustainability 2015, 7, 4829-4849.

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