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Native Advertising - A New Era of Online Advertising?: A qualitative study exploring consumers' attitudes
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to explore consumers’ attitudes towards native advertising and its perceived value.

Design/methodology/approach – This research has a qualitative and exploratory nature. Forthe empirical material, primary data is collected through conducting in-depth semi-structured interviews.

Findings – Consumers’ persuasion knowledge in relation to native advertising is found to be low. The advertising value of native advertising is positive since the consumers considered it to be entertaining, informative and credible. Furthermore, it was not considered as irritating which enhances the advertising value as well. Design was found to be its own category as it has an effect on all dimensions to enhance the advertising value. Since the advertising value is positive and enhanced, the attitudes of consumers towards native advertising are positive.

Research implications/limitations – The main implications of this research are: native advertising can be used as a solution to consumers avoiding online advertising and in order for it to be successful, the design, content and frequency have to be taken into consideration. Since this research is qualitative, it has a subjective nature which might result in researcher induced bias. Furthermore, the age of the interviewees’ range from 21 to 38 years old which unlikely represents the whole population.

Originality/value – As there is a lack of research in the field of native advertising, this research contributes to the field with knowledge about consumers’ attitudes towards it as well as how native advertising creates value. Additionally, the researchers applied the attitudes-towards-advertising model for this specific context and augmented it with a new dimension, design. This research also contributes with knowledge about each dimension in the native advertising context. Lastly, this research shows advertisers how native advertising should be used in terms of content, frequency and design.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 98 p.
Keyword [en]
Native advertising, consumers’ attitudes, online advertising, Persuasion knowledge, Attitudes towards advertising model, Sponsored content
National Category
Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54660OAI: diva2:949422
Subject / course
Business Administration - Marketing
Educational program
Marketing, Master Programme, 60 credits
Available from: 2016-07-20 Created: 2016-07-19 Last updated: 2016-07-20Bibliographically approved

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