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Wallace, E,Buil, I,de Chernatony, L
2017
January
European Journal Of Marketing
Consumers' self-congruence with a "Liked" brand Cognitive network influence and brand outcomes
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Brand loyalty Homophily Brand love Word of mouth Self-congruence Social tie strength WORD-OF-MOUTH IMAGE CONGRUENCE ADVERTISING-EFFECTIVENESS ANTECEDENTS FACEBOOK PRODUCT CONSEQUENCES COMMUNITIES INTEGRATION CONGRUITY
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Purpose - Brand "Likes" on Facebook facilitate self-expression, forming part of consumers' virtual selves. Yet, consumers' brand "Likes" may bear little resemblance to their material realities. This paper aims to test similarities of brand image with self-image for Facebook "Likes" to determine whether self-congruence with a "Liked" brand leads to positive offline brand outcomes. It also investigates whether consumers' perceptions about their Facebook social relations influence self-congruent brand "Likes".Design/methodology/approach - A large-scale survey was conducted of regular Facebook users who "Liked" brands. Data from 438 respondents was analysed and hypotheses tested using structural equation modeling.Findings - Empirical results show that the perceived self-congruence with a "Liked" brand increases with social tie strength. Perceived social tie strength is informed by perceived attitude homophily. When the perceived self-congruence with a "Liked" brand is higher, brand love and word of mouth (WOM) are enhanced. Consumers also have greater brand loyalty and offer more WOM when brands are loved.Research limitations/implications - Findings demonstrate the influence of consumers' cognitive network on "Likes" and brand outcomes. Further replication would enhance generalisability. Future research should use a wider sample and investigate other variables. Practical implications - Findings support managers seeking to grow and analyse Facebook "Likes" by providing insights into brand loyalty, brand love and WOM for "Liked" brands.Originality/value - The paper addresses the dearth of research exploring how consumers' perceptions of their Facebook network influence their online brand behaviour and how perceived self-congruence with a "Liked" brand relates to brand outcomes.
10.1108/EJM-07-2015-0442
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