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Title: Does non-hard-sell content really work? Leveraging the value of branded content marketing in brand building
Authors: Lou, Chen
Xie, Quan
Feng, Yang
Kim, Wonkyung.
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Lou, C., Xie, Q., Feng, Y. & Kim, W. (2019). Does non-hard-sell content really work? Leveraging the value of branded content marketing in brand building. Journal of Product and Brand Management, 28(7), 773-786.
Project: M4081983.060
Journal: Journal of Product and Brand Management
Abstract: Purpose: This study aims to test the role of branded content marketing on YouTube in brand building and explicates the mechanism through which brand content influences brand loyalty and purchase intentions. Design/methodology/approach: This study uses a quantitative, Web-based, three-step randomized intervention design and recruits YouTube users through the Amazon Mechanical Turk (n = 925). Findings: Post-intervention results (n = 596) show that consumers’ repeated exposure to branded content facilitates their social learning processes. Consumers derive value from the relevant content and subsequently form more favorable brand attitudes, greater brand loyalty and heightened purchase intentions. Brand loyalty mediates the effect of perceived brand content value on purchase intentions. Practical implications: This study’s findings support the advantages of investing in the creation and dissemination of valuable brand content through a brand’s own social media channel(s). While informative content and entertaining content can both drive brand loyalty, high product-involvement brands are advised to emphasize on informative content to precipitate brand–consumer attachment. Low product-involvement brands, on the other hand, are advised to feature more enticing and captivating content to stimulate consumer devotion. Originality/value: This study reveals the positive impact of branded content marketing within social media on consumers’ brand attitudes, brand loyalty and purchase intentions. It also explicates the mechanism through which content marketing influences brand evaluation and purchase intentions by coordinating consumer learning and value derivation.
ISSN: 1061-0421
DOI: 10.1108/JPBM-07-2018-1948
Rights: © 2019 Emerald Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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