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EMAC 2021 Regional Conference


Factors affecting consumers’ attitude and intentions towards online events during the COVID-19 pandemic
(R2021-104591)

Published: September 22, 2021

AUTHORS

Mihai Orzan, Bucharest University of Economic Studies; Otilia Platon, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Marketing Faculty; Zara Adina, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Marketing Faculty; David Florin Ciocodeica, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Marketing Faculty

KEYWORDS

covid pandemic; online events; events marketing

ABSTRACT

For the events industry the measures imposed in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus have generated indefinitely postponement or cancellation of many types of events and event organizers started to relocate their activities online. It is necessary to measure and evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the events industry from the consumers’ perspective. An online survey on a sample of 423 respondents was conducted in this regard. The research aimed to validate a structural model created in order to identify the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors of influence on the consumers’ attitude and intentions towards online events. The proposed conceptual model was tested and validated using the specific methodology of structural equation modeling (SEM). The research results could be used by event organizers to meet consumer needs, to overcome the obstacles and to improve the format and the deployment of online events.

REFERENCES

This work was supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation, UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P1-1.2-PCCDI-2017-0800 / 86PCCDI/2018 - FutureWeb, within PNCDI III