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Who are social media influencers for luxury fashion consumption of the Chinese Gen Z? Categorisation and empirical examination

Abstract

Purpose. Social media influencers (SMIs) play an increasingly important role in influencing youth and their shopping behaviours in digital marketing. Research has examined various but fragmented SMIs, which cause inconsistency in empirical results. This research seeks to categorise the most popular SMIs in luxury fashion and examine their distinctive effects on Gen Z consumption in China. Design/methodology/approach. We categorise SMIs into four groups based on two dimensions, i.e. network interactivity versus social connectedness. Drawing on the social network theory, we develop the research model. A sample of 400 survey data is collected and analysed using the PLS-SEM technique. Findings. The empirical results suggest that among the four popular SMIs groups, the effects of celebrities, opinion leaders, and friends and peers on luxury fashion consumption of Gen Z are statistically significant while that of advertisers are insignificant; that friends and peers have the most substantial effect among the others. Origin/value. The study contributes to understanding SMIs and consumer behaviour in digital emerging markets. By categorising SMIs, this study reconciles inconsistencies in the concept. This study contributes to a better understanding of SMIs and their roles in the digital marketing of luxury fashion consumption.

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Authors

Sun Yan
Wang, Rachel
Cao Dongmei
Lee, Rouyi

Oxford Brookes departments

Oxford Brookes Business School

Dates

Year of publication: 2021
Date of RADAR deposit: 2021-08-03


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