Social Word of Mouth: How Trust Develops in the Market
Hajli, N., Lin, X., Featherman, M.S., Wang, Y. 2014. Social word of mouth: How trust develops in the market. International Journal of Market Research, 56(5), pp.673–689.
18 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2014 Last revised: 7 May 2015
Date Written: September 1, 2014
Consumer trust is essential for a business to successfully promote new products and services. This paper develops a trust model from a social commerce perspective by investigating the influence of social commerce constructs on consumer trust in new products and services. By using an empirical study, the results of this research indicate that social commerce constructs could be measured using three dimensions; these are recommendations and referrals, ratings and reviews, and forums and communities. Furthermore, social commerce constructs have a significant positive influence on consumer trust in new products and service. Alternatively, social commerce constructs could generate social word of mouth among potential customers regarding new products and services; this in turn can shape consumer trust. The theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed.
Keywords: Social word of mouth, trust
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