Personality Matters: How Signaling Personality Traits can Influence the Adoption and Diffusion of Crowdfunding Campaigns

Ferdinand Thies, Michael Wessel, Jan Rudolph, Alexander Benlian

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The rapidly growing crowdfunding market allows individuals and organizations to raise funds for a diversity of projects. Potential investors, however, face uncertainties about the quality of the projects as well as the characteristics and behavioral intentions of the project creators due to a lack of publicly available and unbiased information. By analyzing 33,420 crowdfunding campaigns running on Kick-starter from January to August in 2015, we find that campaigns of project creators who are able to signal certain personality traits through their project description and video are more likely to succeed and to be shared via social media. More specifically, project creators who are able to convey open-ness and agreeableness are more likely to succeed with the adoption and diffusion of their campaigns compared to those signaling neuroticism. Our findings demonstrate that potential investors pay close attention to the way project creators present themselves and their projects on crowdfunding platforms. Project creators should therefore evaluate how to best communicate the favorable aspects of their project through their project description and video. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECIS 2016 Proceedings
EditorsMeltem Özturan, Matti Rossi, Daniel Veit
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2016
Article number36
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event24th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2016 - Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 12 Jun 201615 Jun 2016
Conference number: 24


Conference24th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2016
LocationBoğaziçi University
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems


  • Crowdfunding
  • Personality traits
  • Five-Factor Model
  • Text analysis

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