Seeing is believing: The effects of images on trust and purchase Intent in eWOM for hedonic and utilitarian products

Brad Almond, Chris Furner, Robert Zinko, Helene de Burgh-Woodman

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Abstract

Images are frequently used in online reviews, yet little research explores the effects that images have on online consumer behavior. This two-study investigation examines the effects of images in electronic word of mouth (eWOM) for both hedonic and utilitarian products. Results show that images affect the relationship between review text and purchase intention as well as trust for both product categories. However, images were shown to be more effective for hedonic than utilitarian products. Interestingly, it was found that congruence between the image and text is not a significant predictor of trust or purchase intention in some conditions (i.e., the images may not have to perfectly reflect the text to facilitate these outcomes for utilitarian products).
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Organizational and End User Computing
Volume33
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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