ABSTRACT

Purpose – Online product review has become a crucial part of the online retailer’s market performance for a wide range of products. This research aims to investigate how an individual reviewer’s review frequency and timing affect her/his average attitude toward products. Research design, data, and methodology – To conduct reviewer-level analysis, this study uses 42,172 posted online review messages generated by 6,941 identified reviewers for 59 movies released in the South Korea from July 2015 to December 2015. This study adopts Tobit model specification to take into account the censored nature and the selection bias arising from the nature of J-shaped distribution of movie rating. Results – Our estimation results support that the negative impact of review frequency and timing on valence. Furthermore, review timing has an inverted-U relationship with the user’s average valence and enhance the negative effect of review frequency. Conclusions – This study contributes to the growing literature on the understanding how eWOM is generated at the individual consumer level. On the basis of the main empirical findings, this study provides insights into building a recommendation system in online retail store based on the consumer’s review history data - frequency, timing, and valence.

KEYWORD

Online Product Review, Review Behavior, Review Frequency, Review Timing, Online Retailing.

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