The intertwining of traditional and electronic word-of-mouth in building the credibility of local fashion brands

Ratriyana I.N.

Communication Science Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, Jl. Babarsari No. 6, Yogyakarta, 55281, Indonesia


In ascertaining the credibility of a brand, the source of relevant information is important, and choosing appropriate sources is a difficult task. Without a doubt, this has been complicated by the rise of the internet, which has changed the way people share information with each other, prompting a shift from the traditional word-of-mouth (WOM) to electronic word-of-mouth (e-WOM). Many consumers, especially millennials, utilise social media not only as their primary source of information but also to disseminate information to such an extent that traditional WOM now receives less attention. This article will explore the significance of WOM and e-WOM as credible means of building the credibility of local fashion brands. Using an explanatory sequential design and mixed methods approach, it combines qualitative, quantitative and digital netnography to collect data about both traditional and electronic WOM. It finds that local fashion brands in Indonesia engage actively with their consumers through online and offline channels, using both traditional and electronic WOM to increase their credibility. © Henry Stewart Publications 2050-0076 (2021).

Brand credibility; Digital; Local brand; Social media; Word of mouth


Journal of Digital and Social Media Marketing

Publisher: Henry Stewart Publications

Volume 8, Issue 4, Art No , Page 365 – 375, Page Count

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Issn: 20500076



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