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Virtual gifting behavior on new social media: the perspectives of the community gift-giving model and face-negotiation theory

Jung-Kuei Hsieh (Department of Business Administration, National Taipei University, New Taipei City, Taiwan)
Werner H. Kunz (University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Ai-Yun Wu (National Taipei University, New Taipei City, Taiwan)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 22 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the factors that affect an audience's purchase decisions on a new type of social media, namely live video streaming platforms.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is based on data from an online survey providing 488 valid responses. These responses are used to test the research model by employing partial least squares (PLS) modeling.

Findings

Three antecedents (consumer competitive arousal, gift design aesthetics and broadcaster's image) influence the audience's purchase decisions (impulse buying and continuous buying intention). Chinese impression management (mianzi) acts as a moderator. Self-mianzi, mutual mianzi and other mianzi (i.e. three subtypes of mianzi) moderate the effects of consumer competitive arousal, gift design aesthetics and broadcaster's image on impulse buying.

Practical implications

The findings encourage practitioners developing marketing strategies for live video streaming platforms in the Chinese cultural context to consider peer influence, gift appearance, broadcaster's image and mianzi.

Originality/value

Drawing on the community gift-giving model and face-negotiation theory, this study provides an integrated research model to investigate a new type of social media (live video streaming). It offers insight into virtual gifting behaviors by confirming the effects of three antecedents on the audience's purchase decisions, with mianzi acting as a moderator.

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Citation

Hsieh, J.-K., Kunz, W.H. and Wu, A.-Y. (2022), "Virtual gifting behavior on new social media: the perspectives of the community gift-giving model and face-negotiation theory", Internet Research, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/INTR-09-2021-0691

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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