Native Advertising in WeChat Official Accounts: How Do Ad–Content Congruence and Ad Skepticism Influence Advertising Value and Effectiveness?

Jing Yang, Mengtian Jiang, Linwan Wu

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Abstract

WeChat Official Accounts, subscription-based accounts that broadcast information to followers, have become a popular venue for native advertising in China. This study investigated the effects of individuals’ ad skepticism and ad–content congruence on native advertising effectiveness in WeChat Official Accounts, as well as the mediating role of advertising value on the interaction effect of ad skepticism and ad–content congruence. Results showed that ad skepticism negatively influenced perceived ad effectiveness. Ad–content congruence positively influenced perceived ad effectiveness only for individuals with high ad skepticism, because they perceived more advertising value in congruent native ads than incongruent native ads.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-33
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Interactive Advertising
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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© 2021 American Academy of Advertising.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Marketing

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