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The role of customer brand engagement in the use of Instagram as a “shop window” for fashion-industry social commerce

Aida Molina-Prados (Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)
Francisco Muñoz-Leiva (Department of Marketing and Market Research, Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, Sport and Health University Research Institute (iMUDS), University of Granada, Granada, Spain)
M. Belén Prados-Peña (Department of Marketing and Market Research, Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)

Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management

ISSN: 1361-2026

Article publication date: 23 July 2021

Issue publication date: 29 March 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze how fashion consumers behave when they make purchases using social media platforms – specifically, Instagram. In particular, the work examines the role played by consumer–brand involvement and self–brand connection (SBC) as predictors of customer brand engagement (CBE).

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, social commerce-adoption is modeled, using three variables: customer engagement, SBC and fashion-consumer brand-involvement. Using a personal online survey, data on social media users classified as millennials and Generation Z were collected. The model is analyzed using structural equation modeling (SEM).

Findings

Consumer involvement in fashion has a positive effect on cognitive processing and activation, but not on affection. SBC has a positive effect on all three analyzed dimensions. Finally, gender is found to exert a moderating effect on the relationship between the “CBE activation” dimension and brand loyalty.

Research limitations/implications

The research was conducted during the lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have influenced the responses. Other limitations and potential lines of research for the future are presented at the end of the paper.

Practical implications

Some of the results of this study can directly inform the social media strategies of fashion companies that use Instagram as a channel of communication with their customers. They can also contribute to incentivizing co-created content and increasing consumption among both men and women.

Originality/value

The present study contributes to addressing the scarcity of studies dealing with CBE and social commerce in the fashion sector and, in particular, fashion-consumer behavior on social media (specifically, Instagram).

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Acknowledgements

This work was partly supported by the Spanish National Research Programme (R+D+i Research Project ECO2017-88458-R, “NeuroTourism project”) and the Andalusian R+D+I Research Programme (Grant No: B-SEJ-209-UGR18, “Research in NeuroSOCOM” project).

Citation

Molina-Prados, A., Muñoz-Leiva, F. and Prados-Peña, M.B. (2022), "The role of customer brand engagement in the use of Instagram as a “shop window” for fashion-industry social commerce", Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 495-515. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFMM-12-2020-0275

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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