Narrative Transportation and Paratextual Features of Social Media in Viral Advertising

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viral advertising; narrative transportation; social media; paratext; persuasion knowledge

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Journal of Advertising, 47(1), 83-95


This study establishes that the experience of narrative transportation has a positive influence on viral advertising. The relative strength of this relationship, however, depends on several boundary conditions associated with the paratextual features of social networking service (SNS) environments. Specifically, it is stronger if the senders and intended receivers have personal ties. Moreover, the influence of narrative transportation is negatively moderated by advertising disclosure that elicits persuasion knowledge. Finally, the negative effect of persuasion knowledge is reduced if the ad appears with a higher number of “likes,” which increases social proof for viral ads. Implications regarding viral advertising and social media behaviors are discussed.