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Perceptions Of Warmth & Competence In Online Networking: An Experimental Analysis Of A Company Launch

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  • Andreia Gabriela ANDREI

    () (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania, Carol I Blvd, no.11, 700506, Iasi, Romania)

  • Adriana ZAIÞ

    () (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania, Carol I Blvd, no.11, 700506, Iasi, Romania)

Abstract

Our interdisciplinary research examines consumer perceptions and behavioral tendencies generated by these perceptions. The study is placed in the context of online networking and it uses marketing, branding and psychology literature, especially the theory of warmth and competence from social cognition and Aaker et al.'s research results about firm stereotyping: 'for-profits' as high in competence vs. 'non-profits' as high in warmth. We used an experimental approach to investigate ways to attain the 'golden quadrant of consumer perceptions' (high warmth and high competence) that would jointly drive sales and brand advocacy in social networking sites. Offering a ready-to-use hint for companies, our results suggest people's proneness to support new market-comers and start-ups combining for-profit with social entrepreneurship. The effects of corporate communications on online user's perceptions are discussed.

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  • Andreia Gabriela ANDREI & Adriana ZAIÞ, 2014. "Perceptions Of Warmth & Competence In Online Networking: An Experimental Analysis Of A Company Launch," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 13, pages 11-29, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aic:revebs:y:2014:i:13:andreia
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    1. Aaker, Jennifer & Vohs, Kathleen D. & Mogilner, Cassie, 2010. "Non-profits Are Seen as Warm and For-Profits as Competent: Firm Stereotypes Matter," Research Papers 2047, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
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    3. Andrei, Andreia Gabriela & Adriana, Zait, 2014. "Branding insights: an interdisciplinary journey from perception to action," MPRA Paper 61114, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Claudia BOBALCA & Daniela-Cornelia APACHITEI & Adriana MANOLICA & Teodora ROMAN, 2014. "Brand Loyalty – A Determinant Of Brand Equity," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 14, pages 63-83, December.
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    6. Oana TUGULEA, 2014. "Does A Different Year Of Study Means Different Important Credibility Dimensions? A Study On The Dimensions Of Credibility Of Online Sales Websites," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 14, pages 31-49, December.

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    Keywords

    perceptions of warmth and competence; corporate communications; social media branding;

    JEL classification:

    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing

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