What's the Value of a Like?

What's the Value of a Like?

Author: 
John, Leslie K.
Publisher: 
Harvard Business School Press
Date published: 
2017
Record type: 
Responsibility: 
Mochon, Daniel, jt. author
Emrich, Oliver, jt. author
Schwartz, Janet, jt . author
Journal Title: 
Harvard Business Review
Source: 
Harvard Business Review, Vol. 95, No. 2, March-April 2017, pp. 108-115
Abstract: 

Brands spend billions of dollars a year on lavish efforts to establish and maintain a social media presence. But do those campaigns actually increase revenue? New research provides an answer to this question, which has vexed marketers ever since social media burst upon the scene. In a series of experiments, the researchers tested four increasingly interactive ways in which Facebook might affect customers' behavior. First, they explored whether liking a brand--passively following it--makes people more likely to purchase it. Second, they examined whether people's likes affect their friends' purchasing. Third, they looked at whether liking affects things other than purchasing (for example, whether it can persuade people to engage in healthful behaviors). And fourth, they tested whether boosting likes by paying to have branded content displayed in followers' news feeds increases the chances of meaningful behavior change. The results were clear: Merely liking a brand neither increases purchasing nor spurs friends to purchase more. Supporting likes with branded content, however, can prompt meaningful behavior change.

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CITATION: John, Leslie K.. What's the Value of a Like? . : Harvard Business School Press , 2017. Harvard Business Review, Vol. 95, No. 2, March-April 2017, pp. 108-115 - Available at: http://library.au.int/whats-value