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Effekten av elektronisk Word of Mouth inom ett onlineforum
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The effect of electronic Word of Mouth within an online forum (English)
Abstract [sv]

Denna studies syfte är att beskriva hur elektronisk Word of Mouth i ett onlineforum påverkar besökares köpval. Tidigare studier har fokuserat på att identifiera potentiella faktorer som kan ha en påverkan på köpval inom onlineforum. Men det har ej undersökts hur besökare av onlineforum uppfattar effekten på köpval. Därmed fanns det en kunskapslucka för denna studie att undersöka. För att ta reda på detta gjordes en enkät tillgänglig för besökare av ett onlineforum. Onlineforumet som valdes heter Swedroid och är inriktade på elektronikprodukter. Den information om produkter som existerar på onlineforumet klassificeras som elektronisk Word of Mouth. Resultaten från enkäten visar att en klar majoritet av respondenterna anser att onlineforumet innehåller relevant information om produkter, vilket kan användas för att stödja ett köpval. Dock ansåg en lägre andel att informationen i forumet har varit en avgörande faktor för köp. I analysen framkom det två möjliga anledningar till detta. Informationen som en besökare har kommit i kontakt med kan ha varit otillräcklig. Informationen kan ha varit negativ, vilket leder till besökaren ej vill köpa produkten. Slutsatsen från detta är därmed att elektronisk Word of Mouth inom ett onlineforum påverkar besökares köpval genom att de kommer i kontakt med trovärdig och relevant information, men dess effekt på köpval påverkas av informationens innehåll.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to describe how electronic Word of Mouth within an online forum influence visitors purchase decision. Previous studies about electronic Word of Mouth within online forums have focused on identifying potential factors that can influence visitors purchasing decisions. But they have not investigated visitors own perception of the effect of electronic Word of Mouth. Therefore there is a knowledge gap for this study to explore. A survey was made available to visitors of an online forum. The online forum that was chosen is called Swedroid and has a focus on consumer electronics. The information about products available in the online forum is classified as electronic Word of Mouth. The results from the survey show that a clear majority of respondents believe that the online forum contains relevant product information, which can be used to support a purchase choice. However, a lower proportion of the information in the forum is considered a decisive factor in purchasing. The analysis show two possible reasons behind this. The information that repsondent have come in contact with could be insufficient for making a purchase decision. Or information may have been negative, which causes the visitor to not buy the product. The conclusion is that electronic Word of Mouth within an online forum influences visitors purchasing choices by visitors getting in contact with credible and relevant information, but its effect on purchasing choices is influenced by the content of the information.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
Electronic Word of Mouth, online, forum, purchase decision, digital, product information.
Keywords [sv]
Elektronisk Word of Mouth, onlineforum, köpval, digital, produktinformation.
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-27909OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-27909DiVA, id: diva2:1218970
Available from: 2018-06-15 Created: 2018-06-15

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