The Research Regarding the Effect of Consumers' Motives on Perceived Usefulness of Word-of-Mouth Marketing in Online Shopping Mall Contents

온라인쇼핑몰 콘텐츠에서 소비자 동인이 구전마케팅의 지각된 유용성에 미치는 영향에 관한 연구

  • Published : 2005.06.01


It is true that internet provides consumers with an efficient way to search information with minimal effort and cost, which facilitates better decision making. Especially, previous studies revealed that the online word-of-mouth marketing is widely used as a source of consumers' information seeking and purchase decision making. Even with this importance of the online word-of-mouth communication on internet few researches have systematically addressed the issue. This study investigates the effect of consumers' motives on perceived usefulness of word-of-mouth marketing in online shopping mall contents. The results are as follows: First, choice uncertainty, perceived sacrifice, and social pressure play an important role for perceived usefulness of word-of-mouth marketing. Second, perceived usefulness has directly affected consumers' quality perception. Thus, it is essential for internet companies to find ways to encourage their customers to engage in word-of-mouth communication on their websites.


Shopping Mall Contents;Word-of-Mouth Marketing;Information Uncertainty;Perceived Usefulness;Communication Quality