Fostering Consumer–Brand Relationships through social media brand communities

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Consumer-brand identification and consumer engagement in social media brand communities (SMBC) are two of the concepts most highlighted in recent studies, as brand benefit facilitators. This study addresses the importance of these two concepts and their interaction effect on brand loyalty in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) category. The results of the quantitative study show that in FMCG, consumer engagement in SMBC is driven by information searching, brand passion, feelings of community connection, and self-expression in the community. Consumer engagement and consumer-brand identification have positive impacts on brand trust and loyalty. The moderating effect of consumer–brand identification on the relationship between consumer engagement in SMBC and brand loyalty is negative, revealing that consumer engagement in social media brand communities has a stronger impact on brand loyalty when consumer-brand identification is low. This study showed the role of SMBC as a powerful communication medium, where brands and consumers can meet, and reach a mutual understanding of common needs and aspirations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)768-798
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Marketing Communications
Issue number7
Early online date6 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2022


  • brand identity
  • brand loyalty
  • brand trust
  • Consumer engagement
  • consumer-brand identification
  • social media


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