A name alone is not enough: A reexamination of web-based personalization effect

Cong Li, Jiangmeng Liu

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Personalized information has become ubiquitous on the Internet. However, the conclusion on whether such information is always more effective than standardized information looks somewhat confusing in the literature. Some prior studies showed that a personalized message could generate more favorable outcomes than a standardized one, but others did not (sometimes with an almost identical study design). To provide a possible explanation why there existed such conflicting findings and conclusions in the personalization literature, the current study tested the influence of involvement on personalization in an advertising context. Through an experiment, it was found that the superiority of a personalized message over a standardized message was more salient when the message recipient was highly involved with the focal subject of the message than lowly involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-139
Number of pages8
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017


  • Involvement
  • Name letter effect
  • Personalization
  • Personalized communication
  • Standardization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)


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