Instafamous and social media influencer marketing

Seunga Jin*, Aziz Muqaddam, Ehri Ryu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to test the effects of two types of celebrities (Instagram celebrity vs traditional celebrity) on source trustworthiness, brand attitude, envy and social presence. The proposed theoretical model consists of the celebrity type as the independent variable, social presence as the mediator and self-discrepancy as the moderator. Design/methodology/approach: A randomized two-group comparison (Instagram celebrity vs traditional celebrity) between-subjects experiment (n=104) was conducted. Findings: The results indicate that consumers exposed to Instagram celebrity’s brand posts perceive the source to be more trustworthy, show more positive attitude toward the endorsed brand, feel stronger social presence and feel more envious of the source than those consumers exposed to traditional celebrity’s brand posts. Structural equation modeling (Mplus 8.0) and bootstrap confidence intervals indicate that social presence mediates the causal effects of celebrity type on trustworthiness, brand attitude and envy. Multiple regression analyses reveal the moderating effects of appearance-related actual–ideal self-discrepancy. Practical implications: Ultimately, managerial implications for social media marketing and Instagram influencer-based branding are provided. From the perspective of marketing planning, the findings speak to the power of influencer marketing as an effective branding strategy. Originality/value: The paper discusses theoretical implications for the marketing literature on celebrity endorsements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-579
Number of pages13
JournalMarketing Intelligence and Planning
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 19 2019


  • Brand management
  • Celebrity endorsements
  • Instafamous
  • Instagram
  • Luxury branding
  • Social media marketing
  • Social presence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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