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The Market Maven: A Diffuser of Marketplace Information

Lawrence F. Feick and Linda L. Price
Journal of Marketing
Vol. 51, No. 1 (Jan., 1987), pp. 83-97
DOI: 10.2307/1251146
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1251146
Page Count: 15
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The Market Maven: A Diffuser of Marketplace Information
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Abstract

The research focus is individuals who have information about many kinds of products, places to shop, and other facets of the market, and initiate discussions with and respond to information requests from other consumers. Specifically, the authors develop a Likert-type scale to measure consumers' propensity to provide general shopping and marketplace information. Consumers scoring high on this scale are referred to as "market mavens." Based on a national sample of 1531 households, the findings indicate that market mavens exist and that other consumers recognize them. Consumers believe market mavens are influential in their purchasing decisions. The authors document the distinctness of market mavens from other influencers. They test several propositions about the market attitudes and behaviors of market mavens, but find no clear socioeconomic and demographic profile of these influencers. The results have implications for marketing managers and suggest a reexamination of the approach to information diffusion.

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