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The Influence of Opinion Leaders’ eWOM on Online Consumer Decisions: A Study on Social Influence

Faculty of Economics and Business, Complutense University of Madrid, 28223 Madrid, Spain
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J. Theor. Appl. Electron. Commer. Res. 2021, 16(4), 748-767; https://doi.org/10.3390/jtaer16040043
Received: 30 November 2020 / Revised: 7 January 2021 / Accepted: 12 January 2021 / Published: 19 January 2021
Opinion leaders and eWOM are becoming two of the most effective ways to launch a brand on social media by creating viral marketing. However, how much influence does an opinion leader’s eWOM (OL eWOM) have on consumer purchasing decisions? This research looks at the role of OL eWOM as well as the effect of its valence and product type on the decision to buy or not buy from a realistic experimental online store design. In total, 300 undergraduate students were randomly assigned to one of five scenarios in a 22 experimental arrangement. Results show that OL eWOM influences consumer online decisions when purchasing experience-type goods and the valence of eWOM is positive. However, if we compare the OL eWOM with a control group, then OL eWOM does not have a significant influence. This research provides novel empirical evidence for the limited influence of OL in modeling shopping behaviors in e-commerce contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: opinion leader’ eWOM; online consumer decisions; product type; eWOM’ valence; personal influence opinion leader’ eWOM; online consumer decisions; product type; eWOM’ valence; personal influence
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Tobon, S.; García-Madariaga, J. The Influence of Opinion Leaders’ eWOM on Online Consumer Decisions: A Study on Social Influence. J. Theor. Appl. Electron. Commer. Res. 2021, 16, 748-767. https://doi.org/10.3390/jtaer16040043

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Tobon S, García-Madariaga J. The Influence of Opinion Leaders’ eWOM on Online Consumer Decisions: A Study on Social Influence. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research. 2021; 16(4):748-767. https://doi.org/10.3390/jtaer16040043

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Tobon, Sandra; García-Madariaga, Jesús. 2021. "The Influence of Opinion Leaders’ eWOM on Online Consumer Decisions: A Study on Social Influence" J. Theor. Appl. Electron. Commer. Res. 16, no. 4: 748-767. https://doi.org/10.3390/jtaer16040043

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