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Do value cocreation and engagement drive brand evangelism?

Paul Harrigan (Department of Marketing, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia)
Sanjit K. Roy (Department of Marketing, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia)
Tom Chen (Canberra Business School, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia) (Research School of Population Health, and Research School of Management, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)

Marketing Intelligence & Planning

ISSN: 0263-4503

Article publication date: 19 August 2020

Issue publication date: 13 April 2021




Drawing on service logic, the authors investigate how value cocreation leads to evangelical brand-related behaviors (brand defense and brand advocacy). The authors analyze the interplay between value cocreation and customer brand engagement on social media in driving these outcomes. The authors also consider the role of brand love in eliciting evangelical brand-related behaviors.


Respondents recruited through Amazon MTurk were surveyed on social media use in tourism-related decisions. The total useable sample size was 397. Partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) was used to test the research model.


Value cocreation and customer brand engagement are drivers of evangelical brand-related behaviors, emphasizing the importance of these two in marketing and how they drive behavioral outcomes.

Research limitations/implications

Service logic highlights the significance of value cocreation which, through customer brand engagement and love, leads to brand defense and advocacy. This explains the mediation in our model, where marketers must undertake efforts to support customer brand engagement and brand love.

Practical implications

Value is created by the user for the user through their experiences over time. Brands are owned by customers, and their defense and advocacy of them must be earned. Marketers facilitate customer value creation by providing the resources to cocreate value and love the brand.


Most studies investigate value cocreation from an in-role and/or extra-role perspective as to how it benefits firms. Through service logic, the authors illustrate how it leads to evangelical brand-related behaviors.



This research was funded by BHP at The University of Western Australia. The authors would like to thank two anonymous reviewers and the editor for their valuable feedback to this research paper.


Harrigan, P., Roy, S.K. and Chen, T. (2021), "Do value cocreation and engagement drive brand evangelism?", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 345-360.



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