An experiential model of consumer engagement in social media

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to propose an experiential model of consumer engagement focusing on Facebook brand pages. Building on the brand experience literature, the study synthesizes the experiential affordances of Facebook brand pages along perceptual, social, epistemic and embodied dimensions and tests their impact on consumer engagement. Design/methodology/approach: The study operationalized key variables of the proposed model at the brand page level and assembled pertinent data, using systematic content analysis, on a sample of Facebook brand pages (n = 85). Poisson regression tested the proposed model. Findings: The findings indicate that brands that facilitate greater number of experiential affordances on their Facebook brand pages generated higher levels of consumer engagement. For both brand post likes and brand post shares, the contributions of experiential affordances were significant and positive. Practical implications: The findings offer actionable managerial insights for brands seeking to implement an experiential model of consumer engagement on their fan pages. Originality/value: This study contributes to the literature by proposing and testing an experiential model of consumer engagement in the context of Facebook brand pages. To date, the experiential value of Facebook brand pages has rarely, if at all, been tested in an empirical study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-434
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Product and Brand Management
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Brand experience
  • Consumer engagement
  • Experiential marketing
  • Facebook
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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