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Retaining consumer engagement in online retail brand communities

Amy Wong (School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore, Singapore)
S.W. Chung (School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore, Singapore)

International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

ISSN: 0959-0552

Article publication date: 9 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

Purposive sampling was used to administer an online survey to 205 members of a Facebook brand community of a global retailer.

Findings

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.

Research limitations/implications

The study focused on a global chain retailer's peer-initiated online brand community as the focal data collection site.

Practical implications

The findings provide several managerial implications that can help retailers understand consumer behaviors in peer-initiated online brand communities.

Originality/value

The study offers insights into the dynamics between individual and group characteristics in online brand communities.

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Citation

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

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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