The Effect of Online Review Manipulations on Sales: A Comparative Study of U.S. and China

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Abstract

This study examines and compares the effect of online review manipulations on product sales in U.S. and China. Two studies of field data from the two countries find that review volume and/or valence (ratings) from websites with manipulations are a poor predictor of product sales in comparison to websites with fewer manipulations. In terms of manipulation intensity, increasing the number of positive reviews does not affect product sales, while deleting the negative reviews shows inverted U-curve relationship between manipulation intensity and product sales in both countries. Meanwhile, we also find several interesting differences in the effect of manipulations between e-commerce operators of the two countries. Our empirical results offer meaningful implications for firms on managing online reviews and provide valuable insight to industry associations and policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Event2015 AIB Southeast Asia Regional Conference : Global Business and Consumers in a Networked World - Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 Dec 20155 Dec 2015
https://www.ln.edu.hk/hkibs/AIB/2015/aib2015/Home.html

Conference

Conference2015 AIB Southeast Asia Regional Conference : Global Business and Consumers in a Networked World
CountryMalaysia
CityPenang
Period3/12/155/12/15
Internet address

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Online reviews
China
Manipulation
Comparative study
Web sites
Inverted-U
Industry policy
Valence
Politicians
Electronic commerce
Empirical results
Operator
Rating
Industry association
Predictors

Keywords

  • Online product reviews
  • Review manipulations
  • E-commerce

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PENG, L., & CUI, G. (2015). The Effect of Online Review Manipulations on Sales: A Comparative Study of U.S. and China. Paper presented at 2015 AIB Southeast Asia Regional Conference : Global Business and Consumers in a Networked World, Penang, Malaysia.
PENG, Ling ; CUI, Geng. / The Effect of Online Review Manipulations on Sales: A Comparative Study of U.S. and China. Paper presented at 2015 AIB Southeast Asia Regional Conference : Global Business and Consumers in a Networked World, Penang, Malaysia.18 p.
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