Internet forums as influential sources of consumer information

Barbara Bickart, Robert M. Schindler

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We report the results of an experiment in which consumers were instructed to gather online information about one of five specific product topics by accessing either online discussions (i.e., Internet forums or bulletin boards) or marketer-generated online information (i.e., corporate webpages). At the end of a 12-week period, the consumers who gathered information from online discussions reported greater interest in the product topic than did those consumers who acquired information from the marketer-generated sources. We discuss the study's implications for better understanding word-of-mouth communication and for developing more successful consumer websites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-40
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Interactive Marketing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Marketing


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