WHAT IMPACT CONSUMERS’ NEGATIVE EWOM PURCHASE INTENTION? EVIDENCE FROM MALAYSIA

  • Ahasanul Haque, SMH Kabir, Arun Kumar Tarofder, Mohammad Moshiur Rahman, Abdulqader Almalmi

Abstract

The judgment of consumers conveyed over the internet plays a vital role in the consumer decisionmaking process. Hence, the appearance of electronic word of mouth (eWOM) has become one of the
most effective marketing techniques in the 21st century. This research was aiming to determine the
predictors of negative eWOM while investigating whether negative eWOM has any specific effect on
consumers’ purchase intention. A quantitative research approach was employed while questionnaire
data has been collected from more than 250 Malaysian consumers and tested empirically a model that
incorporates motives of negative eWOM. Structural equation modelling technique has been used to test
the research hypotheses. The findings have shown the different predictors of negative eWOM, which
were labelled advice seeking, dissonance reduction and altruism while venting negative feelings proved
to be an ineffective motive. The result was able to confirm that negative eWOM has a significant
mediating effect on purchase intention. This has contributed insights into the lacking area of
consumers’ negative eWOM and argues for identification from marketer’s view, which is an essential
step towards consumer’s purchase intention. While in the article, a series of relationships has developed
which future researchers may find useful in advancing research in this area.
Keywords: Negative eWOM; Mediating Effect; Consumers’ Purchase Intention

Published
2020-04-13
How to Cite
Ahasanul Haque, SMH Kabir, Arun Kumar Tarofder, Mohammad Moshiur Rahman, Abdulqader Almalmi. (2020). WHAT IMPACT CONSUMERS’ NEGATIVE EWOM PURCHASE INTENTION? EVIDENCE FROM MALAYSIA. International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, 29(9s), 310-325. Retrieved from https://sersc.org/journals/index.php/IJAST/article/view/13052