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Analyzing competitive market structures based on online consumer-generated content and sales data

Eugene J. S. Won (Department of Business Administration, Dongduk Women's University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Yun Kyung Oh (Department of Business Administration, Dongduk Women's University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Joon Yeon Choeh (Department of Software, Sejong University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 21 February 2022

Issue publication date: 9 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to provide a way to derive inter-brand similarities from user-generated content on online brand forums, which enables the authors to analyze the market structures based on consumers' actual information searching and sharing behavior online. This study further presents a method for deriving inter-brand similarities from data on how the sales of competing brands covary over time. The results obtained by the above two methods are compared to each other.

Design/methodology/approach

In drawing similarities between brands, the authors utilized a newly proposed measure that modified the lift measure. The derived similarity information was applied to multidimensional scaling (MDS) to analyze the perceived market structure. The authors applied the proposed methodology to the imported car market in South Korea.

Findings

In light of some clear information such as the country of origin, the market structure derived from the presented methodology was seen to accurately reflect the consumer's perception of the market. A significant relevance has been found between the results derived from user-generated online content and sales data.

Originality/value

The presented method allows marketers to track changes in competitive market structures and identify their major competitors quickly and cost-effectively. This study can contribute to improving the utilization of the overflowing information in the big data era by proposing methods of linking new types of online data with existing market research methods.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) grant funded by the Korea government(MSIT). (No. NRF-2020R1A2C2099665).

Citation

Won, E.J.S., Oh, Y.K. and Choeh, J.Y. (2023), "Analyzing competitive market structures based on online consumer-generated content and sales data", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 35 No. 2, pp. 307-322. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJML-08-2021-0616

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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