Purpose: Drawing on conservation of resources theory, this study aims to investigate the impact of online customer engagement on brand love via dual mediating mechanisms, empowerment (bright side) and stress (dark side). The roles of perceived brand quality and extroversion as weakener and facilitator respectively on the dark side effect are also examined. Design/methodology/approach: An online survey is conducted, targeting people who have experience in participating in online engagement activities. The dual mediation and moderation analysis are examined. Findings: The results confirm the proposed dual mediating mechanisms. Perceived brand quality and extroversion also significantly moderate the engagement–stress link. Research limitations/implications: This study explains the mediating mechanisms between online customer engagement and brand love, with a focus on the fast-moving consumer goods industry. This calls for further research on other industries. Practical implications: This study provides marketers with insights that online customer engagement strategies are not always good and that they should be more careful in formulating such strategies. Originality/value: This study advances the understanding of the relationship between customer engagement and brand love in the virtual community especially in the social media context.
- Brand love
- Online customer engagement