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Titel / Titel:

Effects of impression management tactics on crowdfunding success

Author / Autor

Lins, E., Fietkiewicz, K. J., & Lutz, E.


Source / Quelle

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2018, 10(5), 534-557.

Language / Sprache

English / Englisch



The aim of our study is to shed light on determinants that convince the crowd to fund a project on a crowdfunding platform. In particular, we examine whether self-promotion through positive language as well as emphasizing innovativeness and supplication as impression management tactics drive crowdfunding success. Based on a sample of 221 Kickstarter campaigns and a total of 195,217 words embedded in their project descriptions, we develop and test hypotheses concerning linguistic behaviors affecting the likelihood of fundraising, the number of project backers and the amount raised. We find a non-linear relation between innovativeness and crowdfunding success, that is, crowdfunders prefer moderate levels of self-promotion through innovativeness.

DOI: undefined10.1504/IJEV.2018.094607