Examining hedonic and utilitarian motivations for m-commerce fashion retail app engagement

Christopher J. Parker (Department of Design and Fashion Business, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)
Huchen Wang (Department of Design and Fashion Business, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management

ISSN: 1361-2026

Publication date: 3 October 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the motivations of consumers engage with fashion retail applications (apps) from a consumer motivation perspective to inform the design for fashion retail apps. This is an area with increasing economic significance, yet of limited academic research to date.

Design/methodology/approach

Through 18 in-depth qualitative interviews, utilitarian stimuli was identified as primary motivating factor to attract customers to shop for fashion garments through m-commerce retail apps.

Findings

Results from thematic analysis identified that the utilitarian elements of “efficiency” and “convenience” were two of the most important motivators for engagement, with “personalized services”, and “convenient operation process” also dominant functions to attract customers to shop on m-commerce retail apps. While “Social” shopping was shown to be a motivating factor for consumer behaviour, participants showed greater preference to interpersonal communications channels than to social media.

Research limitations/implications

Findings from this study reveal the utilitarian focus of fashion retail apps within an industry often focussed on experiential interactions, and provide a focus for fashion retail m-commerce app designers to tailor their products for higher consumer engagement. Future apps should be designed specifically with this in mind to increase the chance of consumer engagement.

Originality/value

This paper provides original insight into the hedonic and utilitarian value motivations most prevalent to users of m-commerce fashion retail apps. This is distinct from previous research that has focussed on physical retail environments or general e-commerce interactions (e.g. non-fashion web stores accessed through a PC/laptop).

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Citation

Parker, C. and Wang, H. (2016), "Examining hedonic and utilitarian motivations for m-commerce fashion retail app engagement", Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 487-506. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFMM-02-2016-0015

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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