Customer engagement through choice in cause-related marketing

Christofi, Michael, Vrontis, Demetris, Leonidou, Erasmia and Thrassou, Alkis (2018) Customer engagement through choice in cause-related marketing. International Marketing Review. doi:10.1108/IMR-04-2018-0133

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to construct a conceptual framework of the effects of customer engagement on cause-related marketing (CRM), with the goal of providing a solid scientific foundation for the development and stimulation of future research on the critical intersection of these two topics. Design/methodology/approach The research defines customer engagement in CRM campaigns as the conditions under which consumers are allowed to choose the cause that receives the donation, the cause proximity (geographical proximity) and the type of donation in a CRM campaign. Findings The paper conceptualizes the role of customer engagement in enhancing the effectiveness of a CRM campaign, in terms of coverage, customization and reduced consumer skepticism, as well as in triggering positive word-of-mouth (WOM) persuasion behaviors. Practical implications The conceptual framework provides several practicable directions toward effective control of CRM campaign outcomes, for both local and global firms. Originality/value The paper rests on established empirical foundations to develop a comprehensive preliminary multi- disciplinary framework on the subject, setting the path for further research in the fields of CRM, customer engagement and International Business Research, and reaching findings of both scholarly and executive worth.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5410 Marketing
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 16:27
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2023 09:54

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