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“I think exactly the same”—trust in SMIs and online purchase intention: a moderation mediation analysis using PLS-SEM

Ariba Khan (Department of Commerce and Business Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, New Delhi, India)
Zebran Khan (Department of Commerce and Business Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, New Delhi, India)
Mohammed Kamalun Nabi (Department of Commerce and Business Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, New Delhi, India)

Journal of Advances in Management Research

ISSN: 0972-7981

Article publication date: 23 February 2024

Issue publication date: 19 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the moderating effect of homophily between trust in social media influencers (SMIs) and credibility of the post in influencer marketing by incorporating the similarity attraction theory (SAT) and analysing the effect of trust in SMIs on online purchase intention and credibility of the post. This study also explored the mediating role of influencers’ credibility of the post between trust in SMIs and online purchase intention.

Design/methodology/approach

The data were collected from 417 respondents in Jaipur, India, using an online questionnaire via Google Forms. A convenience sampling technique was employed to collect the data. Partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) was used to test the proposed hypotheses with the help of SmartPLS version 4.

Findings

The results exhibit a positive and significant influence of trust in SMIs on credibility of the post and online purchase intention. Also, this study found a positive and significant relationship between credibility of the post and online purchase intention. Additionally, credibility of the post had a positive and significant mediation role in the relationship between trust in SMIs and online purchase intention. In addition, homophily positively moderated the relationship between trust in SMIs and credibility of the post.

Practical implications

The findings of this study can be used by marketing professionals working in the e-commerce industry to ensure their continued in success using the right influencers for their specific target audiences and help them create and implement more effective promotional strategies, increasing brand awareness, announcing sales, using them for creative content and so on.

Originality/value

Until now, there has been no study in the Indian context that has tested the moderation effect of homophily between the trust in SMIs and credibility of the post by incorporating the SAT, according to the researchers’ knowledge. Furthermore, this novel piece of research explored the relationship between trust in SMIs and online purchase intention with credibility of the post as a mediator.

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Citation

Khan, A., Khan, Z. and Nabi, M.K. (2024), "“I think exactly the same”—trust in SMIs and online purchase intention: a moderation mediation analysis using PLS-SEM", Journal of Advances in Management Research, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 311-330. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAMR-03-2023-0087

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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