Managing enterprise social media to develop consumer trust

Hsiao Ting Tseng, Mohana Shanmugam, Pritheega Magalingam, Shahriyar Shahbazi, Mauricio S. Featherman

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Abstract

Purpose: This study examines the impact of social media information sharing and usage on consumer beliefs particularly in the credibility of the information provided by e-commerce vendors, and consumer trust formation. Design/methodology/approach: Drawing on trust through social media usage and surface credibility, the authors have proposed a research model to investigate consumers satisfaction on food and beverage (F&B) products. Empirical support for the research model was provided by using structural equation modelling using survey data drawn from Malaysian consumers with an account with Facebook. Findings: Results indicate that consumer participation in social media communities support higher levels of consumer trust and ratings of the surface credibility of information provided by an F&B vendor, and surface credibility also helped to develop consumer trust. Trust in the vendor also exerted a positive influence on consumer satisfaction with F&B product offerings. Results suggest that F&B that provide credible and transparent information regarding their branded products, enjoy increased levels of consumer trust, leading to higher levels of consumer satisfaction with their F&B consumption experience. Originality/value: The result of this research contributes to social commerce branch of literature and has practical implications for practitioners in the F&B industry as a means to survival strategies to embrace critical and challenging period during an endemic, particularly. As such, this study analyses the relationship between social media usage, surface credibility, trust and satisfaction for developing consumer trust while managing enterprise social media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4626-4643
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Food Journal
Volume124
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • Electronic commerce
  • Enterprise social media
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Satisfaction
  • Source credibility
  • Trust

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