Social Media Influencers and Electronic Word of Mouth: The Communication Impact on Restaurant Patronizing

Rida Azim*, Praveen Balakrishnan Nair

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Abstract

Innovative forms of digital communications using blogging, vlogging etc. has led to wider recognition and acceptance of social media influencer marketing by business entities. The purpose of this study is to explore the characteristics of electronic Word of Mouth (eWOM) generated by food blogging, that have an impact on consumers when they seek out the reviews by social media influencers to make dining decisions. More precisely, the study identifies four independent variables; Expertise of Source (EX); Popularity of Source (PO); Convenience of Information (CO) and Familiarity of Source (FA); and examines its impact on consumers' Intention to Purchase (IN). The study starts off with a discussion of coming of digital marketing communication, allowing traditional word of mouth marketing to evolve into electronic word of mouth. The study followed quantitative methodology and the data was gathered using self-administered questionnaires. 353 usable responses were received, and the data were statistically analyzed using SPSS. The results shows that the consumers' intention was strongly impacted by familiarity of source and convenience of information, while the correlation is low for expertise of source and popularity of source. The findings fill in the lack of studies in this area, specific to food and beverage industry in the geographical context and provides marketers a clearer picture of what is being valued by the consumers, when they seek out opinions by the social media influencers. This in turn helps their decision making when choosing food bloggers as part of their social media marketing strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-56
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Content, Community and Communication
Volume14
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • eWOM
  • food blogging
  • Malaysia
  • purchase intention
  • social media
  • social media influencer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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