CEO vs. celebrity: the effect of streamer types on consumer engagement in brands' self-built live-streaming

Keshan (Sara) Wei, Wanyu Xi

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Abstract

Purpose: With the development of social media, live-streaming has become an indispensable marketing activity for firms, especially in China. From the initial cooperation with the influencer, firms begin to create their own live-streaming channel, namely, the brands' self-built live-streaming. The purpose of this study is to explore the process of consumer engagement in the brands' self-built live-streaming. Design/methodology/approach: This research comprises two experimental studies. Study 1 examined the effect of streamer types (CEO vs. celebrity) on consumer engagement. Study 2 investigated the moderating effects of product innovativeness. Findings: Results showed that CEO streamers could enhance consumer engagement by increasing consumers' cognitive trust, and celebrity streamers could enhance consumer engagement by increasing consumers' emotional trust. In addition, consumer engagement was higher for really new products (vs. incremental new products) in CEO streamers' (vs. celebrity streamers') live-streaming. Originality/value: Compared with previous studies that focused on streamers based on the influencer marketing, this study expands the scope of research on the live-streaming ecosystem by exploring the effect of different streamer types on the brands' self-built live-streaming. By investigating consumer engagement, this study gives implications for the sustainable traffic issue in live-streaming e-commerce.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Research in Interactive Marketing
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • CEO
  • Celebrity
  • Consumer engagement
  • Live-streaming e-commerce
  • Product innovativeness
  • Streamer

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