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Ramadan, Zahy and Abosag, Ibrahim and Žabkar, Vesna (2018) 'All in the Value: The Impact of Brand and Social Network Relationships on the Perceived Value of Customer Endorsed Facebook Advertising.' European Journal of Marketing, 52 (7/8). pp. 1704-1726.

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Abstract

Purpose: Social advertising featuring endorsed brands has significantly grown in the past few years. Companies and social networking sites (SNSs) are hailing such types of advertising as being more credible to users as they feature their friends’ indirect endorsements; however, the issue of friends’ likability alongside the users’ relationships with the actual SNS is seldom considered with regard to any potential negative/positive effects they might have on brands’ relationships and the perceived value of advertising within SNSs. Methodology: Taking a customer-centric approach and based on the social information processing theory, this study investigates the influence of friends’ likability and similarity, and users’ relationships with the SNS (Facebook) on brands’ relationships and advertising value using a web-based survey. The total number of responses included in the analysis is 305. The data was analysed using SEM and LISREL 8.8. Findings: The findings show that the overall user experience on Facebook is based on three key areas: socializing with friends, the relationship with the social network itself, and the relationship with the advertised brands. These contribute to the perceived value of customer endorsed Facebook advertising. Implications: The study discusses various significant implications for online platforms, brands and the success of online advertising within social network sites. Originality: This study contributes to the existing literature by making the link between users’ experiences/friendships within SNSs, their relationships with the SNS (FB) itself, and their relationships with the advertised brand, and examines how these three combined relationships impact the perceived value of the ads by users of FB.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Finance & Management
ISSN: 03090566
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1108/EJM-03-2017-0189
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 10:20
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/25724

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