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The effects of celebrity endorser on consumer advocacy behavior through the customization and entertainment intention – A multivariate analysis

Abul Kalam (Faculty of Business, Curtin University Malaysia Campus, Miri, Malaysia)
Chai Lee Goi (Faculty of Business, Curtin University Malaysia Campus, Miri, Malaysia)
Ying Ying Tiong (Faculty of Business, Curtin University Malaysia Campus, Miri, Malaysia)

Young Consumers

ISSN: 1747-3616

Article publication date: 1 March 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of celebrity endorsers on consumer advocacy, customization and entertainment intentions based on the notion of the stimulus–organism–response (SOR) framework. In addition, this study aims to examine the mediating and moderating role of customization and entertainment intentions on the proposed relationships. The authors also intend to highlight the comparative effects between male and female young social media consumers on those proposed associations.

Design/methodology/approach

In the pursuit of comprehensive and rigorous data collection, this study adopted a quantitative methodology using a meticulously crafted questionnaire. The questionnaire survey was conducted in major cities of Malaysia using the convenience and snowball sampling techniques. A total of 576 responses were collected, even though 549 retorts were used for data analysis. In this investigation, the authors strategically used covariance-based structural equation modeling through the use of AMOS v. 24 as the primary data analysis tool. Augmenting the analytical depth, the authors also conducted a supplementary bootstrap analysis. The additional layers of examination were crucial for appraising the mediating and moderating effects inherent within the model, in which the PROCESS MACRO v.4.20 was used.

Findings

The results of this study revealed the significant direct positive effects of celebrity endorsers on consumer customization, entertainment and advocacy intentions. Consumer customization and entertainment intentions also found significant direct affirmative effects on consumer advocacy intention, along with the significant direct positive effects of consumer entertainment intention on consumer customization intention. The results further revealed that consumer customization and entertainment intentions cannot mediate the relationship between celebrity endorsers and advocacy intention. The entertainment intention also declined the mediating effects between celebrity endorsers and consumer customization intention. On the contrary, consumer customization intention significantly and positively, and entertainment intention also significantly but negatively, moderate the association between celebrity endorsers and consumer advocacy intention. This study also illustrates that the effects of those examined relationships differ between male and female young social media consumers.

Originality/value

This study investigates the impact of celebrity endorsers on consumer behavior, focusing on their customization, entertainment and advocacy intentions. It extends current SOR framework, enhances source credibility theory, fills gaps in the literature on social media brand engagement and underscores the significance of customization and entertainment intentions. The findings provide insights for managers aiming to harness consumer brand advocacy through celebrity endorsers effectively.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This study was funded by Curtin University, Malaysia, and Curtin Malaysia Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

The authors would like to thank Curtin University Malaysia for supporting this research under the Curtin Malaysia Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

Citation

Kalam, A., Goi, C.L. and Tiong, Y.Y. (2024), "The effects of celebrity endorser on consumer advocacy behavior through the customization and entertainment intention – A multivariate analysis", Young Consumers, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/YC-07-2023-1800

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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