On social media, such as Facebook, consumers often “like” or share brands and brand- related information. They can, for instance, like brands on Facebook, re-tweet brand-related content on twitter, or post brand-related photos on Instagram. By means of endorsements like this, consumers advertise the brand among their peers in their social network. Often, consumers endorse brands on social media without getting anything in return, which raises the question why they engage in this kind of behavior. In our research on online brand endorsements, we examine both the antecedents and consequences of this behavior. The research questions can be answered experimentally, survey-based, or by means of database research (Big Data)/social network analysis.
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