Like or dislike? Adolescents’ responses to personalized social network site advertising

Michel Walrave, Karolien Poels, Marjolijn Antheunis, Evert van den Broeck, Guda van Noort

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Increasingly, personal data posted by users of social network sites (SNSs) can be used to personalize advertising. The present study investigates how adolescents respond to personalized ads in terms of attitude toward the ad, brand engagement and intention to forward, and whether privacy concerns moderate their responses. According to pretest results, a medium level of personalization was expected to be optimal in terms of advertising effectiveness. A within-subjects experiment involving 40 participants aged 14–18 years was performed. Three conditions of personalized advertising were designed with, respectively, low, medium, and high levels of personalization. The study found that the highest personalization condition generated the most positive response and that privacy concerns did not moderate the effects of personalization. The privacy paradox is discussed as an alternative explanation, along with other implications of the results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-616
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Marketing Communications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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