A Personality-Competence Model of Opinion Leadership
Article first published online: 5 JUL 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Psychology & Marketing
Volume 29, Issue 8, pages 606–621, August 2012
How to Cite
Gnambs, T. and Batinic, B. (2012), A Personality-Competence Model of Opinion Leadership. Psychol. Mark., 29: 606–621. doi: 10.1002/mar.20547
- Issue published online: 5 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 5 JUL 2012
Opinion leaders constitute a central consumer segment for targeted marketing strategies. By separating opinion leadership into a generalized and domain-specific component, this study examines the psychological profile of N = 417 consumers from Germany and incorporates opinion leadership into a hierarchical framework of human personality. Results emphasize two major sources of domain-specific opinion leadership (DSOL): personality in the form of a general, domain-independent influencer trait and competencies in terms of product-specific knowledge. Moreover, the study highlights a number of traits including the Big Five of personality, typical intellectual engagement, and general self-efficacy that form a distinct personality profile of DSOL. The effects of these personality traits on DSOL are partially mediated by generalized opinion leadership and objective knowledge.