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Brand experience and brand loyalty: is it a matter of emotions?

Brand experience and brand loyalty: is it a matter of emotions? Based on the stimulus–organism–response (SOR) model, the aim of this study is to explore the impact of brand experience (BE) on brand loyalty, with the mediation effect of emotional brand attachment (EBA) dimensions, specifically brand passion, self-brand connection and brand affection.Design/methodology/approachThe study utilized a sample of 278 smartphone users in Lebanon. A questionnaire was used for data collection and a mediation analysis was employed to test the hypothesized relationships.FindingsThe findings revealed that experiential brands promote long-lasting brand loyalty through building brand passion, self-brand connection and brand affection.Practical implicationsTo achieve a long-standing brand–consumer relationship, marketing managers should enhance and augment experiential marketing practices as this triggers deep emotional links and builds strong emotional ties with customers.Originality/valueIn contrast to previous studies on BE and loyalty, this research contributes to the literature by deepening the impact of emotions from the EBA perspective, specifically brand passion, brand affection and self-brand connection and posits the latter as mediators to the link between the BE and brand loyalty in the smartphone industry. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics Emerald Publishing

Brand experience and brand loyalty: is it a matter of emotions?

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1355-5855
DOI
10.1108/apjml-11-2019-0669
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Abstract

Based on the stimulus–organism–response (SOR) model, the aim of this study is to explore the impact of brand experience (BE) on brand loyalty, with the mediation effect of emotional brand attachment (EBA) dimensions, specifically brand passion, self-brand connection and brand affection.Design/methodology/approachThe study utilized a sample of 278 smartphone users in Lebanon. A questionnaire was used for data collection and a mediation analysis was employed to test the hypothesized relationships.FindingsThe findings revealed that experiential brands promote long-lasting brand loyalty through building brand passion, self-brand connection and brand affection.Practical implicationsTo achieve a long-standing brand–consumer relationship, marketing managers should enhance and augment experiential marketing practices as this triggers deep emotional links and builds strong emotional ties with customers.Originality/valueIn contrast to previous studies on BE and loyalty, this research contributes to the literature by deepening the impact of emotions from the EBA perspective, specifically brand passion, brand affection and self-brand connection and posits the latter as mediators to the link between the BE and brand loyalty in the smartphone industry.

Journal

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and LogisticsEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 18, 2021

Keywords: Brand experience; Self-brand connection; Brand passion; Brand affection; Brand loyalty

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