The face tells all: Testing the impact of physical attractiveness and social media information of spokesperson on message effectiveness during a crisis

Seoyeon Hong, Hyunmin Lee, Erika K. Johnson

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Abstract

This paper empirically examines the effects of organizational spokesperson's physical attractiveness and their social cues usage on message effectiveness. A 2 (physical attractiveness of spokesperson) × 2 (social cues) × 2 (crisis response strategy) mixed subject design was tested. The results show that spokespeople with high physical attractiveness as communicating more credible messages, being more expert sources, and as being more persuasive. Also, social cues of spokespeople have an influence on the participants’ perceived credibility and expertise while the interaction effects suggest that the effects of social cue override the effects of physical attractiveness. This indicates that crisis communication practitioners can use social cues to boost persuasiveness and/or message credibility of less attractive spokespeople. Theoretical and practical implications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-264
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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