Consumer style inventory and intent to social shop online for apparel using social networking sites

Ju Young M. Kang, Kim K.P. Johnson, Juanjuan Wu

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper are to examine: first, whether the consumer style inventory (CSI) consumer decision-making styles were related to opinion seeking using electronic word of mouth (eWOM) in social networking sites (SNSs) and attitudes toward online social shopping using SNSs; and second, whether opinion seeking in SNSs and attitudes mediated the links between decision-making styles and intent to social shop online for apparel using SNSs. Design/methodology/approach - The conceptual foundation was based on Engel, Kollat, and Blackwell’s model. In total, 304 college students who are SNS users provided usable responses. Structural equation modeling was employed to test the proposed model and research hypotheses. Findings - Among the CSI consumer decision-making styles, novelty/fashion consciousness decision-making style was the most important antecedent of opinion seeking using eWOM. The brand consciousness decision-making style was the most important antecedent of favorable attitudes. Novelty/fashion consciousness, brand consciousness, and price consciousness decision-making styles had indirect effects on intent to social shop online for apparel using SNS, mediated by both opinion seeking and favorable attitudes. Originality/value - This study contributes to further theoretical understanding of the types of consumers that are drawn to eWOM and their online social shopping behaviors for apparel using SNSs. By identifying individual consumer characteristics, this study can provide retailers with an initial profile of consumers who shop apparel using SNSs. Retailers can use this information to further develop the design of their social shopping sites using SNSs to meet the needs of their customers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-320
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Fashion Marketing and Management
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 8 2014

Keywords

  • Consumer style inventory
  • Social networking sites
  • Social shopping

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