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Research Question: The study proposes that a sponsor’s social networking site (SNS) message has two components, articulation and interactivity, which are positively associated with a user’s sentiment (POS) and e-word-of-mouth (e-WOM). The relations are, further, moderated by the sponsor-event functional fit.

Research Method: The data were collected from Twitter and the proposed relations analysed using seemingly unrelated regression. The sample size was 131 sponsors for tennis grand slam events across the years 2016–17.

Findings: Significant effects of articulation on POS/e-WOM and of interactivity on e-WOM were found. The sponsor-event functional fit moderated the effect of event-focused articulation on POS/e-WOM and of interactivity on e-WOM.

Implications: Besides conceptualizing a sponsor’s two SNS message components, this study examines their effect on the consumers’ online response. The importance of SNS message articulation and interactivity, contingent to a sponsor’s functional fit with the event, for creating maximum impact is discussed.

About the journal
JournalEuropean Sport Management Quarterly
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Open AccessYes