That Smiling Face Might Jeopardize Your Sales: The Effect of Smiles on Consumer Perceptions and Actions

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Abstract

Smiles are positive affective displays that convey friendliness and produce desirable impressions, which in turn are positively associated with consumer actions. Our research suggests smiling faces sometimes bring forth undesirable perceptions and consequences. An online experiment provides initial evidence that smiling faces lead to greater perceptions of sociability but less expertise. Using a large dataset from 5miles, we further find that smiling sellers sell significantly more than those with neutral faces for appearance-relevant products. Whereas smiling faces jeopardize the sales for expertise-relevant products. These findings highlight influence of facial expressions in online platforms and have significant implications for e-marketing strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2019
Event2019 AIB Southeast Asia Regional Conference - Radisson Blu Cebu, Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 5 Dec 20197 Dec 2019

Conference

Conference2019 AIB Southeast Asia Regional Conference
CountryPhilippines
CityCebu City
Period5/12/197/12/19

Keywords

  • Facial processing
  • smiling expressions
  • impression formation
  • electronic market

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    PENG, L., CHUNG, Y. H., & CUI, G. (2019). That Smiling Face Might Jeopardize Your Sales: The Effect of Smiles on Consumer Perceptions and Actions. Paper presented at 2019 AIB Southeast Asia Regional Conference, Cebu City, Philippines.