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Omni-channel marketing, integrated marketing communications and consumer engagement: A research agenda

Elizabeth Manser Payne (Department of Marketing, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA)
James W. Peltier (University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA)
Victor A. Barger (Department of Marketing, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA)

Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing

ISSN: 2040-7122

Publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

In this invited paper, the authors aim to offer an integrated marketing communications (IMC) framework for understanding how disparate customer touchpoints impact consumer engagement and profitability in an omni-channel environment. For each aspect of the framework, the authors recommend areas for further research.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors review literature linking personal and electronic channels of communication in an omni-channel context to consumer engagement, with an emphasis on channel and message unity.

Findings

Five major research areas were identified: research that better links omni-channel and IMC theory and practice; conceptual and empirical research that helps operationalize the consumer-brand engagement construct, including its antecedents and consequences; Build understanding of off- and on-line consumer-brand touchpoints and how they may enhance engagement and profitability; how omni-channel IMC best monetizes buyer–seller relationships; and omni-channel IMC in other consumer decision contexts.

Practical implications

The emergence of omni-channel marketing is breaking down the silos across available consumer-brand touchpoints. The intersection of effective omni-channel marketing and IMC strategic and tactical initiatives offers marketers an opportunity to engage their customers and to form profitable relationships.

Originality/value

The authors proposed an omni-channel IMC Framework and a research agenda for advancing the field. As this is a new area of inquiry, the authors argue for the development of other comprehensive frameworks, both for general omni-channel IMC conceptualizations.

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Citation

Manser Payne, E., Peltier, J.W. and Barger, V.A. (2017), "Omni-channel marketing, integrated marketing communications and consumer engagement: A research agenda", Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 185-197. https://doi.org/10.1108/JRIM-08-2016-0091

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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