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The influence of social media marketing activities on customer loyalty: A study of e-commerce industry

Mayank Yadav (Department of Marketing, School of Business, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, India)
Zillur Rahman (Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 29 November 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of perceived social media marketing activities (SMMAs) on customer loyalty via customer equity drivers (CEDs) in an e-commerce context.

Design/methodology/approach

The study surveyed 371 students from a large university in India. The data were analyzed via confirmatory factor analysis and the research hypotheses were examined using SEM.

Findings

The study revealed three key findings. First, perceived SMMAs of e-commerce comprise five dimensions, namely, interactivity, informativeness, word-of-mouth, personalization and trendiness. Second, perceived SMMAs of e-commerce have significantly and positively influenced all the drivers of customer equity (CEDs). Third, the CEDs of e-commerce exhibit a significant and positive influence on customer loyalty toward the e-commerce sites.

Practical implications

This study will help e-commerce managers to boost customer loyalty toward the e-commerce sites through perceived SMMA.

Originality/value

The study is the first to identify five dimensions of e-commerce perceived SMMA. The current study also introduces the stimulus–organism–response model as a theoretical support to connect perceived SMMAs of e-commerce to customers’ loyalty via CEDs. This is supposed to be the first study to examine the impact of perceived SMMA on customer loyalty toward the e-commerce sites via CEDs in the e-commerce industry.

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Citation

Yadav, M. and Rahman, Z. (2018), "The influence of social media marketing activities on customer loyalty: A study of e-commerce industry", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 25 No. 9, pp. 3882-3905. https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-05-2017-0092

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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