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Customer–brand engagement and Facebook fan-page “Like”-intention

Tilo Halaszovich (University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany)
Jacques Nel (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)

Journal of Product & Brand Management

ISSN: 1061-0421

Article publication date: 18 April 2017




The potential outcomes of social media-facilitated customer–brand relationships have prompted many firms to develop strategies that would enable them to connect with as many customers as possible through social media. Nevertheless, the marketing value of these artificial connections is questionable. Therefore, this paper aims to identify determinants of customers’ intention to connect with a brand on social media (i.e. Facebook) in the absence of “pull-strategies”.


In this paper, the concept of customer–brand engagement (CBE) is applied to the intentions to “Like” a brand’s Facebook fan page using structural equation modelling.


The results show that the three dimensions of CBE collectively explain about 50 per cent of the intentions to “Like” a brand’s Facebook fan page. Additionally, the results show that the influences of two of the CBE dimensions on the two “Like”-intentions are conditional effects of brand trust.


Because of the novelty of the CBE construct, further investigation of its application in a social media setting is lacking. To address this gap in the literature, the purpose of this paper is to investigate how CBE influences customers’ intention to “Like” a brand’s Facebook page.



Halaszovich, T. and Nel, J. (2017), "Customer–brand engagement and Facebook fan-page “Like”-intention", Journal of Product & Brand Management, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 120-134.



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