Intention to Purchase through Parent Blogs: Evidence from Poland

Jesus Canduela, Monika Gdanska-Ast, Kristen Marshall, Claire Lindsay, Robert Raeside

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This article investigates the role of trust/reputation and parasocial influence in influencing purchase intention among consumers of baby products who frequent Polish parenting blogs. Empirical data was collected by survey (n-1050) of blog readers to construct a model to assess the impact of trust/reputation and parasocial influence. Factor analysis was used to create scores which were then tested using a multiple binary logistic regression model. The research found that while both trust/reputation and parasocial influence were important determinants of consumer purchase intention, trust was significantly more important to baby product consumers than parasocial influence. Additionally, parasocial influence was a more important indicator of purchase intention among younger respondents (under 23 years of age) than those 23 years and older. Additionally, readers who have read blogs for longer are more likely to trust these sources, perceiving them to be reputable. Hence, bloggers should aim to foster long-term relationships with consumers when endorsing products that demand higher trust, such as baby products.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Internet Commerce
Issue number1
Early online date8 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2024


  • Baby products
  • Poland
  • bloggers
  • parasocial influence
  • parasocial interactions
  • parasocial relationships
  • reputation
  • social belonging
  • social media influencers
  • trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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