The Impact of Young Celebrity Endorsements in Social Media Advertisements and Brand Image Towards the Purchase Intention of Young Consumers

Arman Hj Ahmad, Izian Idris, Cordelia Mason, Shenn Kuan Chow


Introduction: The power of young celebrities and brand image in influencing young consumers are becoming more relevant in the marketing and advertising of products and services of the plethora of brands we have in the twenty-first century. Businesses and brands use young celebrities to endorse their products to appeal more towards younger consumers. This research investigates the impact of young celebrity endorsements in social media advertisements and brand image towards the purchase intention of young consumers.

Methodology: The theoretical framework from Shimp’s TEARS Model of celebrity endorsement is derived from 4 research studies and the variables were tested using 5-point Likert scale on a sample of 282 respondents who are young consumers, aged between 13 to 18 years old. All respondents were recruited using stratified sampling technique and data were analyzed using SmartPLS. The results derived from the data analyses conducted highlights eight main findings.

Results: From the TEARS Model, similarity and respect has an influence on celebrity endorsement in social media whereas expertise, physical attractiveness and trustworthiness do not influence celebrity endorsement in social media. Brand image and celebrity endorsement in social media also found to be significant antecedents for the purchase intention. These findings will provide insights to marketer of businesses who requires to understand the attributes of young celebrity endorsements on social media advertisements that will appeal to young consumer. In this technological era, businesses build their brand image via investing in advertising; especially in social media advertising and celebrity endorsements.

Recommendations: Following the current findings of the insignificance of expertise, physical attractiveness, and trustworthiness of the celebrity endorsers towards young consumers; marketers should look into similarity and respect qualities of their young celebrity endorsers if they would like to appeal their brands and products to pique the interests of young consumer which now become one of the major group of consumers in the world.

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International Journal of Financial Research
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