Date

6-2017

Degree Name

BA in Communication Studies

Department

Communication Studies Department

Advisor(s)

Bethany Conway-Silva

Abstract

Para-social presence is investigated in this research study to determine its effects on the consumer decision journey. Attachment styles are also taken into consideration as a possible influence on establishing para-social presence. This study specifically looks at an internet personality’s social media platforms, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and her social media marketing efforts for the release of her new book, Almost Adulting. This study found statistically significant relationships between increasing level of para-social presence across Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Further, the study found that para-social presence has a positive correlation with consumers’ initial consideration, purchase decision, and post-purchase experience. Finally, it revealed that para-social presence is negatively correlation with consumers’ active evaluation. These findings are valuable for marketers looking for new ways to strengthen their brand and drive sales.