Integrating uses and gratifications theory with social exchange theory, this study examines the antecedents of online brand community commitment and engagement and their impact on offline purchase intention.
Purposive sampling was used to administer an online survey to 205 members of a Facebook brand community of a global retailer.
The results verified the significant influence of online self-congruity on commitment and engagement and confirmed the full mediating role of engagement between commitment and offline purchase intention.
The study focused on a global chain retailer's peer-initiated online brand community as the focal data collection site.
The findings provide several managerial implications that can help retailers understand consumer behaviors in peer-initiated online brand communities.
The study offers insights into the dynamics between individual and group characteristics in online brand communities.
Wong, A. and Chung, S.W. (2022), "Retaining consumer engagement in online retail brand communities", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJRDM-09-2021-0413
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