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Building stronger hospitality brands through online communities

Tingting Zhang (Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Anil Bilgihan (College of Business, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)
Jay Kandampully (Department of Consumer Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Can Lu (Department of Consumer Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology

ISSN: 1757-9880

Article publication date: 13 June 2018

Issue publication date: 13 November 2018




Companies increasingly rely on online communities for social customer support, to develop and nurture relationships with customers, and to generate product and service development ideas. As yet, few studies have established the relationship between online communities and branding strategies. Therefore, the impact of online communities on branding requires investigation. The purpose of this paper is to examine the factors that influence brand relationships developed through online communities.


A theoretical model was developed based on marketing literature and tested using structural equation modeling with a sample size of 253 respondents.


Findings present the underlying reasons why and how online communities build stronger brand relationships with consumers. Online communities have been found to cultivate consumers’ sense of collectiveness with shared values conveyed through brand engagement; enhance consumers’ trust, leading to the establishment of a trustworthy image of the brand; and increase enjoyment and enrich consumers’ experience with the brand through participation and engagement.


This study provides insights to understand the direct relationship between online communities and brand performance. The findings of the study provide practical implications for brand relationship management and online community design.


公司越来越依靠网上社区来提供社交式的消费者服务支持, 以建立和巩固与消费者的关系, 并且以获得产品、服务研发的新想法。至今为止, 很少的著作致力于研究网上社区与品牌战略的关系。因此, 网上社区对于品牌扩展的影响作用值得研究。本论文的研究目的即是研究通过网上社区建立起来的消费者品牌关系的诸多因素。.


本论文的理论模型是以营销理论为基础而建立的。本论文采用结构方程模型, 253份样本数据, 来验证建立的理论模型。.


各种通过网上社区建立更强消费者品牌关系的因素得以分析和整理。网上社区能够通过使消费者与品牌更贴近的各种活动, 以培养消费者对于品牌的认知和集体意识, 从而使消费者与品牌有一致的价值认知。此外, 网上社区还能增强消费者对于品牌的信任, 增强了消费者与品牌互动过程的愉悦感和体验感。.





Zhang, T., Bilgihan, A., Kandampully, J. and Lu, C. (2018), "Building stronger hospitality brands through online communities", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 158-171.



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