The role of emotions in B2B product advertising on social media: a family business case study

Emilio Pirraglia, Felice Giuliani, Roberta de Cicco*, Claudio di Berardino, Riccardo Palumbo

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Purpose: The outbreak of Covid-19 increased the average time spent on social media (SM). This led to a transformation in how companies manage their digital marketing channels and created additional pressure for business-to-business (B2B) and family businesses, which tend to focus more on personal relationships with customers and stakeholders than on the implementation of digital marketing strategies on SM. The present research examines the case study of a Facebook advertising campaign created to promote the products and business values of an Italian family firm specialising in the production and commercialisation of biostimulants for agriculture. Design/methodology/approach: The research aims to combine digital marketing avenues (i.e. a Facebook advertising campaign) with established psychological and behavioural theories, such as the dual process theories, by comparing the effects of two promotional videos (emotional vs functional). Findings: The results suggest that emotional videos generate more passive behaviours, such as views, as well as active behaviours in the form of likes, comments and shares, while functional videos induce people to search for more information about the advertised products. Originality/value: This is the first study to validate the role of Facebook advertising campaigns in developing an information-based approach to B2B family firms by testing the effectiveness of a targeted campaign comparing the impact of emotional and functional cues on increasing users' engagement while optimising the circulation of video content. The study helps to reduce the academic–practice gap by investigating the example of a fruitful integration between academic research and management practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-165
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Family Business Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Advertising
  • B2B
  • Digital marketing
  • Facebook
  • Family business


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