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How endorser-product congruity and self-expressiveness affect Instagram micro-celebrities’ native advertising effectiveness

Susanna S. Lee (Department of Advertising, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA)
Huan Chen (Department of Advertising, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA)
Yu-Hao Lee (Department of Telecommunication, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA)

Journal of Product & Brand Management

ISSN: 1061-0421

Article publication date: 1 June 2021

Issue publication date: 6 January 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to understand how perceived micro-celebrity-product image congruency and product type affect native advertising effectiveness on Instagram. Additionally, the study aims to understand how advertising skepticism and persuasion knowledge affect the effectiveness of native advertising featuring micro-celebrity.

Design/methodology/approach

This study was administered online using a 2 (product type: high self-expressive vs low self-expressive) × 2 (micro-celebrity and product congruity: congruent vs incongruent) between-subjects factorial design to test the hypotheses. A total of 186 participants, all Instagram users living in the USA, were recruited using an Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk). After screening out 14 respondents who were not Instagram users or did not fully answer the questions, a total sample of 172 valid and complete responses were included for hypotheses testing.

Findings

The results revealed that when native advertising featured highly self-expressive products and micro-celebrities with good product image fit, consumers had a more positive attitude toward the ad and the brand, higher source credibility and higher electronic word-of-mouth intention. In addition, advertising skepticism was found to moderate the effect of micro-celebrity-product fit on source credibility.

Originality/value

This study is the first to examine the effect of micro-celebrity and product congruence on native advertising effectiveness. Moreover, the study provides a better understanding of the advertising skepticism and its influence on source credibility. It discusses why a micro-celebrity’s image is a critical factor in shaping attitudes toward native advertising. This study contributes to both the native adverting and influencer marketing literature.

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Citation

Lee, S.S., Chen, H. and Lee, Y.-H. (2022), "How endorser-product congruity and self-expressiveness affect Instagram micro-celebrities’ native advertising effectiveness", Journal of Product & Brand Management, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 149-162. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBM-02-2020-2757

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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