Cultivating consumer-brand relationship in social media: The role of consumer willingness to engage

Terri H. Chan

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In today’s digital era, social media advertising efforts continue to expand with strong abilities to concisely target, behaviourally profile, and interactively engage consumers. In the midst of plentiful brand information presented on social media, it has been argued that while consumers can attend to many brands, it is through consumers’ motivation to interact with one particular brand that brand-consumer relationship can be further fostered. Using stage theories of relationship development as the overarching framework, consumer and brand relationship in this study is conceptualised to be similar to the trajectory of a close friendship, which involves active engagement from both parties. Collating data from three independent sources, this study examined 195 leading consumer brands across 23 product categories in China to verify the role of consumer’s willingness to engage in shaping brand preference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Marketing

User-Defined Keywords

  • brand distinctiveness
  • brand salience
  • consumer engagement
  • consumer-brand relationship
  • empirical
  • online advertising
  • social media


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