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Investigating the effects of consistent visual identity on social media

Harsandaldeep Kaur (University School of Financial Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India)
Kanwal Roop Kaur (University School of Financial Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India)

Journal of Indian Business Research

ISSN: 1755-4195

Article publication date: 1 March 2021

Issue publication date: 15 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Although the prominence of social media for companies is widely acknowledged, a close examination of the literature reveals a lack of empirical research pertaining to the effect of consistency specifically on social media. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to fill the gap in social media communication concerning the effect of consistent visual identity on social media users.

Design/methodology/approach

The study executed an experiment 2 (corporate visual identity condition) × 2 (organization type) between subjects design to map the effects of consistent visual identity on social media users appreciation of the visual identity, attitude toward the company, reputation and intention to commit to a company on social media.

Findings

The results of the study indicated the significant effects of consistent visual identity on social media users over the inconsistent conditions of visual identity on all dependent variables. Furthermore, there were insignificant main effects of organization type on general judgment, credibility, distinctiveness and reputation of the company.

Practical implications

This study presents the effects of consistent visual identity on social media platforms. The research will help marketing academicians, graphic designers and social media practitioners in online marketing by using its practical implications to strategically positioning their corporate brand in a social media environment.

Originality/value

This study provides novel insights on the impact of consistency on social media users. This is the first study to determine the role of consistent visual identity in the social media environment. It thereby adds to the literature of visual identity by developing the sphere of influence of consistency and its effects toward the user’s attitude.

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Citation

Kaur, H. and Kaur, K.R. (2021), "Investigating the effects of consistent visual identity on social media", Journal of Indian Business Research, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 236-252. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIBR-06-2020-0174

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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