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Social media and consumer engagement: a review and research agenda

Victor Barger (College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA)
James W. Peltier (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA)
Don E. Schultz (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA)

Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing

ISSN: 2040-7122

Article publication date: 10 October 2016




In “Social media’s slippery slope: challenges, opportunities and future research directions”, Schultz and Peltier (2013) asked “whether or how social media can be used to leverage consumer engagement into highly profitable relationships for both parties”. The purpose of this article is to continue this discussion by reviewing recent literature on consumer engagement and proposing a framework for future research.


The paper reviews the marketing literature on social media, paying particular attention to consumer engagement, which was identified as a primary area of concern in Schultz and Peltier (2013).


A significant amount of research has been conducted on consumer engagement since 2010. Lack of consensus on the definition of the construct has led to fragmentation in the discipline, however. As a result, research related to consumer engagement is often not identified as such, making it difficult for academics and practitioners to stay abreast of developments in this area.


This critical review provides marketing academics and practitioners insights into the antecedents and consequences of consumer engagement and offers a conceptual framework for future research.



Barger, V., Peltier, J.W. and Schultz, D.E. (2016), "Social media and consumer engagement: a review and research agenda", Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 268-287.



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