Linking Findings from Text Analyses to Online Sales Strategies

온라인상의 기업 및 소비자 텍스트 분석과 이를 활용한 온라인 매출 증진 전략

Kim, Jeeyeon;Jo, Wooyong;Choi, Jeonghye;Chung, Yerim

  • Received : 2016.02.15
  • Accepted : 2016.05.09
  • Published : 2016.05.31


Much effort has been exerted to analyze online texts and understand how empirical results can help improve sales performance. In this research, we aim to extend this stream of research by decomposing online texts based on text sources, namely, companies and consumers. To be specific, we investigate how online texts driven by companies differ from those generated by consumers, and the extent to which both types of online texts have different effects on online sales. We obtained sales data from one of the biggest game publishers and merged them with online texts provided by companies using news articles and those created by consumers in user communities. The empirical analyses yield the following findings. Word visualization and topic analyses show that firms and consumers generate different contexts. Specifically, companies spread word to promote their own events whereas consumers produce online words to share winning strategies. Moreover, online sales are influenced by consumer-generated community topics whereas firm-driven topics in news articles have little to no effect. These findings suggest that companies should focus more on online texts generated by consumers rather than spreading their own words. Moreover, online sales strategies should take advantage of specific topics that have been proven to increase online sales. In particular, these findings give startup companies and small business owners in variety of industries the advantage when they use the online channel for distribution and as a marketing platform.


Text Analysis;Online Sales Strategy;News Article;Online Communities


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