From active participation to engagement in online communities: Analysing the mediating role of trust and commitment

Anupama Vohra, Neha Bhardwaj
  • Journal of Marketing Communications, October 2017, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13527266.2017.1393768

From active participation to engagement in online communities

What is it about?

The advent of new media and the internet has brought social media to the fore of all brand communications. Marketers are looking at leveraging social media and all its capabilities to their advantage so as to build and manage customer relationships while also co-creating brand experiences. Online communities are one of the most preferred choices of marketers, from among all the tools and features that social media offers. The present study aims to understand how user’s active participation in online communities is instrumental in influencing their engagement with the community. The above relationship is tested on a sample of 203 respondents, using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM), where trust and commitment are explored as mediators. While trust is found to partially mediate the relationship between active participation and engagement, commitment acts as a full mediator. The influence of personal characteristics (membership duration, gender) is also explored as an ancillary outcome to the study.

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