Int. J. of Entrepreneurship and Small Business   »   2018 Vol.33, No.4

 

 

Title: Find the perfect match: the interplay among Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn on crowdfunding success

 

Authors: Kaja Joanna Fietkiewicz; Carina Hoffmann; Elmar Lins

 

Addresses:
Information Science Department, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Universitätsstraße 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Manchot Graduate School, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Universitätsstraße 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Riesner Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Finance, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Universitätsstraße 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany

 

Abstract: Since crowdfunding emerged as a new funding channel for entrepreneurial projects, researchers focused on investigating factors that actually lead to crowdfunding campaign's success. Such tools for promotion of a campaign are, for example, social media. Like crowdfunding platforms they are also Web 2.0 applications, which changed our cultural norms and business praxes by creating the world where country borders became invisible and communication immediate. But how does the activity on social media affect the crowdfunder's decision to pledge money for someone's entrepreneurial endeavours? In this study, we take a look at the influence of electronic word of mouth (eWoM) via Facebook and YouTube, as well as the impact of social capital on the business oriented service LinkedIn, on the success of a crowdfunding campaign. We examine the interplay between these different platforms and propose social media strategies for entrepreneurs, which may increase their chances for being funded.

 

Keywords: crowdfunding; social media; Web 2.0; eWoM; Facebook; YouTube; LinkedIn.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2018.10011203

 

Int. J. of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2018 Vol.33, No.4, pp.472 - 493

 

Available online: 21 Feb 2018

 

 

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