Determinant Factors Influencing eWOM

Aysen Akyüz

Abstract


Many studies demonstrated that Internet penetration and time spent online increased considerably in Turkey. However, there are not enough studies focusing on users attitudes towards e-Word of Mouth. E-Word Of Mouth is seen as more credible than other marketing communications since it comes directly from other consumers. eWOM shows high accessibility compared to traditional WOM, therefore its tools such as online recommendations, reviews or product ratings, are used more often and it makes eWOM more powerful. Thus, it is important to understand online users’ behaviors, particularly for those who participates in social networks and engage in eWOM in this environment. Clearly findings in this area will help and facilitate marketer’s media selection to reach out its potential customers and align their marketing efforts in most efficient way. This study examines user’s attitudes towards eWOM and looks at factors influencing eWOM. An online survey conducted among Internet users provides further evidence for increasing popularity of eWOM and demonstrates the power of eWOM in Turkey. Perceived eWOM Credibility and Customer Susceptibility to Interpersonal Influence appears to be significant factors impacting eWOM.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2013.v4n11p159


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