Nowadays, star athletes are global brand personalities. The increased popularity of the professional sport has contributed to elevating exceptional athletes to international star status. This empirical study aims to assess the impact of athlete performance and brand social value on product involvement with the mediation effect of celebrity athlete endorsement.
A quantitative survey was conducted with 399 Chinese participants. PLS-SEM is adopted to examine the associated paths and the mediating effect of celebrity endorsement.
The results demonstrate the significant impact of athlete performance and brand social value on product involvement. Celebrity endorsement partially mediates the effects of athlete performance and brand social value on product involvement.
This study extends understanding of celebrity athlete endorsement and provides insight into the strategic implications for Chinese social media-based marketing initiatives in the context of the recent Olympic Game in Tokyo 2021.
This research was funded by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) through the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS/1/2019/SS09/TAYLOR/01/1). The authors would also like to thank the Government of Malaysia and Taylor’s University for providing research support.
Jiang, N., Khong, K.W., Gan, J.L., Turner, J.J., Teng, S. and Xavier, J.A. (2022), "Impact of athlete performance and brand social value on product involvement: a mediation role of celebrity endorsement in social media", Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJBA-05-2022-0204
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