Title

Viral Video Ads: Emotional Triggers and Social Media Virality

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2018

Department

Mass Communication and Journalism

School

Communication

Abstract

© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Previous studies have found that emotional arousal and emotional valence are important for video ads to be shared. As marketers are exploring new strategies to increase their viral effectiveness in social media, there is a need to provide guidelines on how to elicit emotional engagement that can trigger advertising virality. Drawing on recent findings on the effects of discrete positive emotions, this research examines how specific positive emotions may influence viral sharing. An online experiment was conducted with millennial participants, employing real viral video ads, in order to observe the viral effects of two positive emotions, awe and affection. Awe and affection emotions experienced in relation to online ads may prompt viral sharing by activating specific types of sharing expressions that relate to expressing emotional connection and emotional generosity in social media. Managerial implications for applying positive emotions as triggers to the content of video ads in order to elicit virality in social media are included.

Publication Title

Psychology and Marketing

Volume

35

Issue

10

First Page

715

Last Page

726

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