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Publication - Professor Xiaojun Wang

    Exploring determinants of attraction and helpfulness of online product review

    a consumer behaviour perspective


    Chen, X, Sheng, J, Wang, X & Deng, J, 2016, ‘Exploring determinants of attraction and helpfulness of online product review: a consumer behaviour perspective’. Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society, vol 2016.


    To assist filtering and sorting massive review messages, this paper attempts to examine the determinants of review attraction and helpfulness. Our analysis divides consumers’ reading process into “notice stage” and “comprehend stage”, and considers the impact of “explicit information” and “implicit information” of review attraction and review helpfulness. 633 online product reviews were collected from A mixed-method approach is employed to test the conceptual model proposed for examining the influencing factors of review attraction and helpfulness. The empirical results show that reviews with negative extremity, more words and higher reviewer rank easily gain more attraction and reviews with negative extremity, higher reviewer rank, mixed subjective property and mixed sentiment seem to be more helpful. The research findings provide some important insights, which will help online businesses to encourage consumers to write good quality reviews and take more active actions to maximize the value of online reviews.

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