Trust in Online Marketing: Trustful Business Relationship Building by Search Engine Marketers

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    Abstract: Search engine marketing (SEM) industry provides modern online marketing services. This industry initially obtained a doubtful reputation in the sphere of e-commerce due to utilization of ethically questionable methods in the promotion or marketing their customers’ web sites. This study considers the relationship building process and the trustfulness between the marketers and their business customers. Research aims are to explore how these virtual companies operate in unsteady-trust environment as the Internet market. The interviewed marketing-companies representatives have provided their perspectives on successful relationship maintenance including the impact of trust on the business performance. The results of the qualitative research illustrated that trust is a vital necessity for the stable business development. Investigation highlights that the trustful relationships depends on inter-personal communication and following the ethical principles of business management. Although digital business allows performing the activities online, interpersonal interaction remains the key element in the trustful relationship building.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)347–370
    JournalBusiness and Professional Ethics Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • business relationships
    • trust
    • e-commerce
    • Business networks

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