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From social capital to consumer engagement: the mediating role of consumer e-empowerment

Rania B. Mostafa (Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Commerce, Damanhour University, Damanhour, Egypt)

Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing

ISSN: 2040-7122

Article publication date: 9 April 2021

Issue publication date: 21 June 2021




This paper fulfills a prominent need to examine some overlooked predictors of consumer engagement in an online setting. This study aims to explore whether and how consumer e-empowerment mediates the influence of social capital (bonding and bridging) on consumer engagement with the Facebook brand page.


Based on an online questionnaire survey, data obtained from 369 Facebook users were analyzed by using structural equation modeling to empirically examine the proposed framework.


Results support an influential mediating effect of consumer e-empowerment to the social capital -consumer engagement link. Specifically, the effect of both bridging and bonding social capitals on consumer engagement is partially mediated by consumer e-empowerment.

Research limitations/implications

The social capital notion is powerful for managers, as it indicates significant results for the firm due to investments in social media brand pages. Such social capital transmutes into consumer engagement via consumer e-empowerment. Therefore, this paper provides a guideline for managers when investing in social media sites.


This paper fulfills an identified need to study how social capital may affect consumer engagement. The paper is a leading study in investigating the direct and indirect (via consumer e-empowerment) effects of bonding and bridging social capitals on consumer brand engagement.



Mostafa, R.B. (2021), "From social capital to consumer engagement: the mediating role of consumer e-empowerment", Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 316-335.



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