Who will attract you? Similarity effect among users on online purchase intention of movie tickets in the social shopping context

Senhui Fu, Qing Yan*, Guangchao Charles Feng

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

With the popularity and growth of social networking sites, users often rely on the advice and recommendations from online friends when deciding to purchase movie tickets. The relationship between users' reviews and movie ticket purchase intention in the context of social media has been demonstrated in several studies, but few studies have explored users' perceptions of the similarity effect on online purchase intention or the psychological mechanisms of the similarity effect. From an interpersonal relationship perspective, we propose that similarity (including external and internal similarity) is an important cue for users who are deciding to purchase movie tickets online. Built on SOR (Stimuli-Organism-Response) Model and drawn upon trust transfer and information technology acceptance theories, we examined whether similarity could enhance users' online purchase intention of movie tickets. The results of a PLS analysis demonstrated that both external and internal similarity significantly affected users’ perceived usefulness, enjoyment and trust transfer, which in turn exerted profound impacts on users’ social shopping behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-102
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
Volume40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

User-Defined Keywords

  • Similarity effect
  • Perceived usefulness
  • Perceived enjoyment
  • Trust transfer
  • Purchase intention

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