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Past, present and future of augmented reality marketing research: a bibliometric and thematic analysis approach

Pragya Jayaswal (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Biswajita Parida (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)

European Journal of Marketing

ISSN: 0309-0566

Article publication date: 29 June 2023

Issue publication date: 23 November 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Augmented reality (AR) has emerged as a new interactive technology, swiftly transforming the field of marketing. Driven by its rapid uptake in marketing practices, academic research on AR has proliferated. This study aims to offer a holistic view of the past, present and future of augmented reality marketing (ARM) scholarship by analyzing its current and evolving research profile as well as its social and conceptual structures to inspire further research.

Design/methodology/approach

This study enriches the ARM scholarship by integrating a quantitative bibliometric analysis with a chronological-thematic review and a qualitative content analysis to develop a more comprehensive understanding of this novel area and suggest future research courses.

Findings

The bibliometric analysis reveals the key performance indicators as well as the social and conceptual structure of the ARM research field. The chronological-thematic review exhibits the advancement of ARM research over time and forecasts the emerging trends for the domain. Finally, the content analysis of recent articles reveals the current research hotspots and provides future research directions.

Research limitations/implications

The database limits the selection of literature, as the information in databases such as Scopus is updated regularly, resulting in alterations in the number of articles and citations.

Practical implications

AR developers and brand managers may use this study’s findings to understand the current ARM landscape better and make strategic decisions based on AR adoption and consumption patterns.

Originality/value

This study is singular in using a mixed methods approach by integrating the findings from bibliometric and content analyses for more reliable results and to offer a holistic perspective of the ARM sector, thereby significantly advancing the field of technology-led marketing.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This research did not receive any grants from funding agencies.

Citation

Jayaswal, P. and Parida, B. (2023), "Past, present and future of augmented reality marketing research: a bibliometric and thematic analysis approach", European Journal of Marketing, Vol. 57 No. 9, pp. 2237-2289. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJM-05-2022-0397

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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