The deeper, the better? Effect of online brand community activity on customer purchase frequency

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-823
Journal / PublicationInformation and Management
Issue number7
Online published9 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


Researchers disagree on how to determine customer purchase frequency based on the level of activity in an online brand community. Consequently, there is a great need to reconcile the mixed findings obtained so far. Drawing on regulatory focus theory, we hypothesize that the effect of community participation may be contingent on participators' goal-pursuit focus (prevention or promotion). Our analysis of customer blog data in a company-sponsored community together with transactional data of the same company demonstrated that deep community participation among promotion-focused customers significantly increases purchase frequency; however, deep participation has a very different effect among prevention-focused customers.

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  • Community participation, Online brand community, Prevention versus promotion, Purchase frequency, Regulatory focus theory