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    The effect of social media communication on consumer perceptions of brands

    Schivinski, Bruno and Dabrowski, D. (2016) The effect of social media communication on consumer perceptions of brands. Journal of Marketing Communications 22 (2), pp. 189-214. ISSN 1466-4445.

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    Abstract

    Researchers and brand managers have limited understanding of the effects social media communication has on how consumers perceive brands. We investigated 504 Facebook users in order to observe the impact of firm-created and user-generated (UG) social media communication on brand equity (BE), brand attitude (BA) and purchase intention (PI) by using a standardized online survey throughout Poland. To test the conceptual model, we analyzed 60 brands across three different industries: nonalcoholic beverages, clothing and mobile network operators. When analyzing the data, we applied the structural equation modeling technique to both investigate the interplay of firm-created and user-generated social media communication and examine industryspecific differences. The results of the empirical studies showed that user-generated social media communication had a positive influence on both brand equity and brand attitude, whereas firm-created social media communication affected only brand attitude. Both brand equity and brand attitude were shown to have a positive influence on purchase intention. In addition, we assessed measurement invariance using a multigroup structural modeling equation. The findings revealed that the proposed measurement model was invariant across the researched industries. However, structural path differences were detected across the models.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Facebook, brand attitude, brand equity, purchase intention, social media, user-generated content
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Depositing User: Dr Bruno Schivinski
    Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 12:52
    Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 12:54
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/19939

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