Unpacking the complex interactions among customers in online fan pages

Anna Farmaki, Hossein Olya, Babak Taheri

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Using the theories of complexity and the spiral of silence, this paper aims to understand how combinations of perceived news, brand gender, and participation explain conditions leading to brand love and customers’ attitudinal loyalty within online contexts. Drawing from a two-stage, mixed-method approach, results indicate that passive participation and brand masculinity are necessary to increase love and attitudinal loyalty to a brand, while perceived news informativeness and entertainment, brand femininity, and active participation are sufficient but not necessary. The study offers theoretical and practical insights that may guide further research and strengthen marketing attempts to improve customer engagement with online fan pages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-176
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Business Research
Early online date18 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • Attitudinal loyalty
  • Brand gender
  • Brand love
  • Online fan pages
  • Participation
  • Perceived news

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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