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Referencing in the Virtual World: A Study


  • G. K. Deshmukh

    (Institute of Management, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, India)

  • Sanskrity Joseph

    (Institute of Management, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, India)


The fact that ‘Man is a social being' is seen and felt in real as well as in virtual world. The paper discusses the advent of concept of social customer. All customers who use social media to share their experience through their positive or negative comments related with goods and services used as well as those who browse social media for getting reference to arrive at a decision to buy or choose are social customers. In the above backdrop the researchers have tried to highlight following issues: (i) definition of Social Customers, (ii) impact of Social media as a reference group on social customer. The researchers have conducted an empirical study and analyzed the data through Structural equation modeling and provided guidelines to marketers on the impact of social media in general and e-WOM in particular on buying behavior of social customers.

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  • G. K. Deshmukh & Sanskrity Joseph, 2015. "Referencing in the Virtual World: A Study," International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in IT (IJSODIT), IGI Global, vol. 4(2), pages 12-29, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jsodit:v:4:y:2015:i:2:p:12-29

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