Quality Certificates Alleviate Consumer Aversion to Sponsored Search Advertising
27 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2022
Date Written: July 7, 2022
We study consumer response towards sponsored search advertising and how to improve advertising performance on a large e-commerce platform. Our research design is based on a field experiment which randomizes the salience of ad disclosure to consumers, and a natural experiment which eradicates a listing-level quality certificate for all listings because of a system glitch. Results suggest that consumers dislike search advertising in our setting, but quality certificates mitigate this aversion and increase advertising sales.
Keywords: sponsored search advertising, quality certificates, e-commerce
JEL Classification: M37, D82
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