Live CommerceInformation AsymmetrySocial CapitalPurchase IntentionRetailConsumer Behavior
Guangzhou Sport UniversityHuaibei Normal UniversityGuiZhou Vocational Technology CollegePanyapiwat Institute of Management
The virtual display of products in e-commerce brings new problems of information asymmetry, and the overload of digital information also increases the difficulty of consumers’ purchasing decisions. The real-time interaction between the streamer and the consumer during live streaming e-commerce will promote consumers’ understanding of the product, reduce information asymmetry, and increase consumers’ purchase intention. However, why do people trust the untouchable and unfamiliar streamers from live streaming e-commerce to purchase online? To understand this phenomenon, based on the perspective of the information asymmetry theory and parasocial relationship theory, this research identified how social capital affected purchase intention in live streaming e-commerce. Through a questionnaire survey of live viewers, the purchase intention model constructed by empirical testing was used. The findings showed that the streamer’s professionalism, the reciprocal expectation of live streaming, and the viewer’s parasocial relationship could effectively increase the viewer’s purchase intention. The occurrence of a streamer’s negative public events could significantly reduce the viewer’s purchase intention. The scale of live streaming and the streamer’s commitment had no significant impact on the viewer’s purchase intention. Trust played an intermediary role between the streamer’s professionalism and parasocial relationship and the viewer’s purchase intention.
Ping XuBang-jun CuiBei Lyu