International Contexts of Social Media and e-WoM Communication in the Customer Decision-Making Process
Abstracthe main purpose of the paper is to identify the importance of social media in e-WoM (electronic word of mouth) in relation to the two stages of consumer behavior, pre-purchase and post-consumption, in groups of different gender and countries. The article answers three research questions. Whether the frequency of using the most popular social media influences the range of using them in e-WoM among individual users? Which stage of consumer behavior process is more dependent on social media, pre-purchase or post-consumption? Do any differences exist between men and women in the scope under consideration? The analysis bases on literature studies and empirical data collected among 1246 respondents from four countries: China, Poland, the United States of America, and Turkey. Findings: General conclusions show differences between these countries in relation to the use of social media for e-WoM. Moreover, results confirmed the findings of literature analysis wherever consumers used social media at the stage of looking for information and advice about products (pre-purchase). Gender appeared as a significant differentiating factor that influences e-WoM behavior.
|Journal series||Journal of Management and Business Administration. Central Europe, [Management and Business Administration. Central Europe], ISSN 2084-3356, e-ISSN 2300-858X, [2450-7814, 2450-8829], (B 13 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.85|
|Keywords in English||social media, e-Wom, communication, gender, consumer behavior process|
|Score||= 13.0, 09-04-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 2|
|Citation count*||5 (2020-09-23)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.