Effects of conflicting aggregated rating on eWOM review credibility and diagnosticity : The moderating role of review valence

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-643
Journal / PublicationDecision Support Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


Most B2C websites provide consumers with two types of electronic Word-of-Mouth (eWOM) information, namely aggregated rating and individual review. The present research investigates the effects of a conflicting aggregated rating on the perceived credibility and diagnosticity of individual reviews. The results of our laboratory experiment demonstrate that the presence of a conflicting aggregated rating will decrease review credibility and diagnosticity via its negative effect on consumers' product-related attributions of the review. In addition, these effects are more salient for positive reviews than for negative ones. These findings contribute to a better understanding of the interactions between different types of eWOM information and provide practitioners with actionable suggestions on how to improve the design of their eWOM systems. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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  • Aggregated rating, Attribution, Electronic word-of-mouth (eWOM), Individual review, Perceived credibility, Perceived diagnosticity