Riding the waves of social commerce: An empirical study of Malaysian entrepreneurs

Noor Azuan Hashim, Shifa Mohd Nor, Hawati Janor


 The emergence of social media has made it possible for a  person with  internet connection to communicate with  thousands of other people. Because of the heavy usage of social media there is substantial interest in making this medium a commercial site, particularly among entrepreneurs who want to explore the potential of their businesses. Any entrepreneur can experience various benefits and effects from advertising their products and services on social media, including an increase in the number of fans and advertisement views and/or an increase in sales and return on investment as social media channel product and business information to targeted customers at a minimal cost. However, there are limited studies on social media, particularly how it affects business interaction, which formed the focus of this study. Face-to-face surveys were conducted involving 105 Malaysian entrepreneurs who had access to social media. The findings revealed  that most entrepreneurs in this study believed that social commerce is the future way of doing their businesses. In fact, they believed that every entrepreneur needs to engage with social media as they  would not only allow  the entrepreneur to  discuss  his products and services with other people  but also assist him to make vital and critical business decisions.  
Keywords: business decision, entrepreneur, innovation, social commerce, social media, social media impact

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