This study examines the effects of a company publishing photos of their products using either (a) snapshot aesthetics, where pictures portray average situations and appear as if though they could have been taken by the average consumer, or (b) traditional studio aesthetics in image based social media. In an experiment where respondents followed an Instagram account of a fashion brand using one of the two aesthetic styles over a period of one week, we demonstrate that in social media, photos with a snapshot aesthetic produce higher brand attitudes and intentions to recommend others to follow the Instagram account. These effects where mediated by higher liking of the images and an increase in source credibility when publishing photos with a snapshot aesthetic.
|Journal||Computers in Human Behavior|
|Early online date||10 Sep 2017|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2018|
- social media
- brand attitude
- source credibility