PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to review the past, current and future trends in empirical research and theoretical insights into online relationship marketing.Design/methodology/approachReview over 100 empirical and theoretical studies in the online relationship marketing from top marketing and management journals.FindingsThis paper examined three areas pertinent to online relationship marketing: first, the evolution of online relationship marketing from pre-1990s to the present, which offers a temporal snapshot of changes in and an overview of the critical components that make up the structure of online relationship marketing; second, key theoretical perspectives are underlying the development of online relationship marketing; and third, empirical insights into online relationship marketing. In general, online relationship marketing has evolved from customers being passive receivers of online information and services to active co-producers and value co-creators.Research limitations/implicationsThe paper identifies future research areas, including multiple layers of interactions, use of new technologies and platforms and the dark side of online communications.Originality/valueThe authors dedicated summary tables for each area, highlighting key findings, which in turn suggest a series of managerial recommendations for facilitating efficient, effective buyer–seller interactions and maximising firm performance in relation to online relationship marketing.
Marketing Intelligence & Planning – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 12, 2019
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