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Title: Building customer equity through trust in social networking sites: A perspective from Thai consumers
Authors: Kananukul, C
Jung, S
Watchravesringkan, K
Keywords: Brand equity
Consumer behavior
Consumer loyalty
Relationship marketing
Social media marketing
Social networking sites
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Source: Journal of research in interactive marketing, 2015, v. 9, no. 2, p. 148-166 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing 
Abstract: Purpose This study aims to propose and empirically test a cognitive-behavioral model of the perceived benefits of social networking sites (SNSs), trust in SNSs, brand trust, brand loyalty and customer equity in the context of fast fashion brand communities in Thailand. Using a structural equation modeling (SEM) technique, a proposed model was successfully established. Importantly, this research delineates the mediating role of the relationship between the perceived benefits of SNSs and brand trust, as well as emphasizes the importance of trust in generating customer equity. In addition to its theoretical contribution, this study also provides practical implications for brand managers to develop customer equity through their brand pages on SNSs. Limitations and directions for future research are discussed. Design/methodology/approach The online surveys were administered to Thai consumers. An email invitation with an embedded link was sent by the researchers asking receivers to participate or forward the survey to others who were interested in participating in the study. As the purpose of this study is to investigate interrelationships among SNSs benefit, trust and customer equity in fast fashion retail domains, only responses from those who were current SNS users and had visited fast fashion SNS brand communities in the past three months were considered for analysis. A total of 227 participants completed the survey; however, eight of those responses were incomplete. Thus, 207 usable responses were analyzed by using SEM. Findings Thai SNS users who believe they receive practical and social benefits from engaging in SNSs were likely to trust the sites instead of directly forming trust toward the brand. However, perceived entertainment benefits did not influence trust in SNS. This study found that brand trustworthiness is not directly predicted by practical benefit from SNSs. Instead, brand trustworthiness is formed through consumers trust toward SNSs. Brand trust induces a high degree of brand loyalty for fast fashion brands, and those individuals with higher brand loyalty were likely to purchase the brand s products more frequently as well as in a higher volume. Research limitations/implications Although the research included general fashion SNSs brand communities users, the samples are not fully representative. Particularly, the majority of respondents of this study could be college students; as such, this may have influenced the results. Thus, to enhance generalizability of the findings, the model should be examined using non-student samples. In addition, a greater number of samples will better reflect the actual demographic profile of SNS users. Second, although the study results generally support the proposed model, the results are necessarily limited to the study¡¦s context, which is Thailand. Likewise, the study needs to be replic
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/11363
ISSN: 2040-7122
DOI: 10.1108/JRIM-03-2014-0019
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