Customer engagement through choice in cause-related marketing

Michael Christofi (University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus)
Demetris Vrontis (University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus)
Erasmia Leonidou (University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK)
Alkis Thrassou (University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus)

International Marketing Review

ISSN: 0265-1335

Publication date: 27 November 2018



The purpose of this paper is to construct a conceptual framework of the effects of customer engagement on cause-related marketing (CRM), with the goal of providing a solid scientific foundation for the development and stimulation of future research on the critical intersection of these two topics.


The research defines customer engagement in CRM campaigns as the conditions under which consumers are allowed to choose the cause that receives the donation, the cause proximity (geographical proximity) and the type of donation in a CRM campaign.


The paper conceptualizes the role of customer engagement in enhancing the effectiveness of a CRM campaign, in terms of coverage, customization and reduced consumer skepticism, as well as in triggering positive word-of-mouth (WOM) persuasion behaviors.

Practical implications

The conceptual framework provides several practicable directions toward effective control of CRM campaign outcomes, for both local and global firms.


The paper rests on established empirical foundations to develop a comprehensive preliminary multi- disciplinary framework on the subject, setting the path for further research in the fields of CRM, customer engagement and International Business Research, and reaching findings of both scholarly and executive worth.



Christofi, M., Vrontis, D., Leonidou, E. and Thrassou, A. (2018), "Customer engagement through choice in cause-related marketing", International Marketing Review, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

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