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The world of advertising has changed supremely in the last few decades. The advertising landscape is shifted from offline to online. But even online there are many new ways to advertise. Advertising on websites with a banner ad is in decline (Manjoo, 2014, p.7). The main reason is that the medium, the web, is also in decline. People use mobile phones with social media and apps that are much prettier, more useful and load faster than websites. The rapidly developing social media have become alternatives to conventional mass media in the spread of news and information. Social media is the most growing advertising method. Advertising on social media, often based on social media data, is called social media advertising. Currently, Instagram is one of the most well known social media applications globally (Marketingfacts, 2017). With this application it is simple to capture photos, customize them and share with your followers. The popularity of Instagram, a social media application with only photo and video content continues to grow strongly. Worldwide there are more than 600 million monthly active Instagram users (Instagram, 2016). A number of users use Instagram to their businesses by publicly displaying photos or videos of what they would like their followers to be aware of. Partly because of that, Instagram has become a prominent and successful social media platform for ing and advertising. Since October 2015 it is also possible to advertise on Instagram. There are three different advertising options: photo advertising, carrousel advertising and video advertising.

Social media advertising, or social media targeting, are advertisements served to users on social media platforms. Social networks utilize user information to serve highly relevant advertisements based on interactions within a specific platform. In many instances, when target aligns with the user demographics of a social platform, social advertising can provide huge increases in conversions and sales with lower cost of acquisition. There are six (6) types of social media advertising which includes;

  • Facebook Advertising
  • Instagram Advertising
  • Twitter Advertising
  • Pinterest Advertising
  • LinkedIn Advertising
  • Snapchat Advertising


Nowadays most of the youth are available on social media. They spend most of their time on social networking so it’s struck to me to find out the impact of social media on their buying behaviour as most of the students and youth purchase their needs online. It is widely believed that youths dominate Instagram accounts (Su, 2010, p.5) and Instagram is, therefore, seen as a good channel for advertisements of youth-oriented products. Water (2010, p.35) opines that, “Due to lack of censorship on the Internet, there has been a growing global concern about the nefarious activities of some Internet users which has made most people to avoid advertisements placed on the Internet”. In line with the above statement by Waters, many Internet users, including Instagram users, may be afraid to access advertisements placed on Instagram because of lack of trust or because the ads take them entirely away to a different site from instagram where they are having social interactions. full well that advertisers spend money to advertise their products on instagram and if these products are not accessed or patronized, they will not get value for their money, the researchers therefore sought to investigate whether these advertisements are accessed by Instagram users; in this case, students of Veritas University, and whether the advertisements influence them to buy the products. The questions that therefore arise are: Do these students take notice of advertisement placed on Instagram and see them as being targeted at the youths? And do the advertisements influence them to buy the products?


The main objective of this study is to examine the impact of instagram advertising on buying behaviour of consumers. Other objectives of the study are:

  1. To examine students perception towards instagram adverts and buying online in Veritas University.
  2. To examine how consumer trust has effect on purchase intensity and perceived usefulness of Veritas University students.
  3. To examine how instagram advertising has influenced the consumer purchasing behavior of Veritas university students.
  4. To examine the relationship between trust and purchase intention of consumers in Veritas University
  5. To make recommendations on how Instagram advertisers should improve its service to make instagram advertisements to be more appealing, trendy and catchy to the students.


  1. What are the perception of students towards Instagram adverts and buying online in Veritas University?
  2. Does consumer trust have effect on purchase intensity and perceived usefulness of Veritas University students?
  3. Does instagram advertising influenced consumer purchasing behaviour of Veritas university students?
  4. What is the relationship between trust and purchase intention of consumers in Veritas University?
  5. How should Instagram advertisers improve its service to make Instagram advertisements to be more appealing, trendy and catchy to the students?



  1. There is no significant effect of consumer trust on purchase intensity and perceived usefulness among Veritas University students.
  2. There is a significant effect of consumer trust on purchase intensity and perceived usefulness among Veritas University students.


  1. There is no significant relationship between trust and purchase intention of consumers in Veritas University.
  2. There is a significant relationship between trust and purchase intention of consumers in Veritas University.


This study will equip firms that advertise their products through social media platforms especially instagram with knowledge about the nature, effectiveness and impact of instagram advertising and how they can use this knowledge to better position their adverts to attract, retain and influence university students in purchasing, using or disposing their products. Since most students/youth interact with social media in making decision relating to purchases of their choice, the findings of this study can be used to help the youth population establish the factors that impact on their choices based on the different stages of buyer decisions. It will also be useful to Online Consumers because often, online shoppers are not aware of the factors that impact their decisions. The research provides measures required to ensure that consumers purchase quality products that suit their needs. Again, this study will add to the existing body of knowledge about instagram advertising and serve as a documentary source of reference for other s in this field.

1.7 scope of study

This research will focus on the impact of Instagram advertising on consumer purchasing behaviour in Veritas University, Abuja, Nigeria. This will reduce the cost and complexity associated with studying a large population. In most cases the characteristics of students are generally similar in many ways; the findings of this study would be generalized to include all students of Nigeria Universities.

1.8 limitations of the study

This study is only limited to the students within the sample population who have access to the web.

Financial constraint: Insufficient fund tends to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature or information and in the process of data collection (internet, questionnaire and interview)

Time constraint: The researcher will simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This consequently will cut down on the time devoted for the .

1.9 operational Definition of terms

Social Media: Social media is a media platform that focuses on the existence of users who facilitate them in the move and collaborate. Therefore, social media can be seen as an online medium (facilitator) that reinforces the relationship between users as well as a social bond.

Advertising: Advertising is defined as any paid form of non personal presentation and promotion of ideas, goods, or service by an identified sponsor or advertising is the business of announcing that something is for sale or of trying to persuade customers to buy a Product or service. Advertising is an effort of the to present or deliver non-personal promotional messages to influence consumers to purchase products (ideas, goods, or services) paid for by identified sponsors.

Consumer Behaviour: Consumer buying behaviour is a action Engage in obtaining, consuming, and depleting products or services, including the decision processes that precede and overcome these actions. Consumer buying behaviour can be defined into four definitions, namely: Consumer buying behaviour is the process by which individuals set the answer to the question: what is it, whether, when, where, and from whom goods and services, Behaviours that involve themselves in planning the purchase and use of goods and services, Consumer buying behaviour is any response from consumers, Consumer buying behaviour appears as a movement of the complexity of consumer movement which is the pattern of relations as a whole.


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