Product Endorsements on Instagram: Consumer Perceptions of Influencer Authenticity

Ardley, Barry, Craig, Calista, Hunt, Abi and May, Claire (2022) Product Endorsements on Instagram: Consumer Perceptions of Influencer Authenticity. Open Journal of Business and Management, 10 (3). pp. 1196-1214. ISSN 2329-3284

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.4236/ojbm.2022.103065

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From a consumer viewpoint, this paper analyses the factors that constitute an authentic SMI when they endorse products on Instagram. The method is exploratory and qualitative, where focus groups were asked to examine the posts of key influencers. Findings have resulted in the authentic influencer model, composed of four explanatory features. Firstly, trustworthiness. The values of the brand and those of the influencer must be closely aligned. Secondly, the SMI must be transparent. Endorsers must be open about their paid connection to a sponsor. Thirdly, there must be relatability between the SMI and the consumer. Fourthly, the SMI must possess expertise in the product. Whilst previous work has been carried out on corporate brand authenticity in social media, relatively little research has so far been conducted on the SMI and consumer perceived authenticity. Consequently, this work assists in filling a gap, where the analysis could be utilised to develop strategies to enhance the authenticity of the SMIs personal brand, and that of the endorsed organisation. The model here could also help spur research, both qualitative and quantitative, in this important area of business and social media marketing.

Additional Information:This article was developed from Calista Craig's Undergraduate Dissertation and is an example of a Student as Producer collaboration.
Keywords:Consumer behaviour, Social media, Influencer, authenticity, Consumer perceptions, Branding
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N560 Promotion and Advertising
N Business and Administrative studies > N561 Advertising
N Business and Administrative studies > N500 Marketing
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:12 May 2022 15:43

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