Online brand communities: Value creating capabilities of brand communities on Facebook

Online brand communities: Value creating capabilities of brand communities on Facebook

Bastian Bakeberg

Wirtschaft & Management


84 Seiten

ISBN-13: 9783954894123

Verlag: Anchor Academic Publishing

Erscheinungsdatum: 12.05.2016

Sprache: Englisch

Farbe: Ja

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This dissertation examines how online brand communities create value through social practices. Building on the work of Schau et al. (2009) this study utilizes a netnographic approach and qualitatively investigates how Facebook brand Fan Pages are employed as brand community resources, to alleviate ties between members in the community and to establish consumer-brand-relationships. Through hermeneutic data analysis the following four value creating practices are discovered: ‘exchanging brand narratives’, ‘celebrating brand love’, ‘support and information resource’, and ‘pressure valve for discontent’. The findings are drawn from qualitative interviews and netnographic observations of three Facebook brand Fan Pages. It is found that interaction among community members and engagement with the brand itself develop practices creating value on Fan Pages. Postmodern consumers want to be able to influence brands and also long for connections with other consumers; besides relationships are shaped by dialogue and interaction. Facebook Fan Pages offer means to achieve this and allow brands to become part of consumers´ lives.
This study extends research on brand communities to the field of Social Networking and discovers insights helpful for marketing practitioners. The four detected practices create value and reconfirm findings of earlier studies on brand communities, but also add new insights by explaining how value is developed. The findings enhance understanding why and how consumers engage online with brands and other members and especially what kind of value these consumers derive from brand Fan Pages.
Bastian Bakeberg

Bastian Bakeberg

Bastian Bakeberg, MSc., was born 1984 in Bayreuth/Germany. After studying at University of Augsburg (Germany), Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane/ Australia) and University of East London (UK) he went on to work in advertising and branding agencies. He holds strong knowledge in branding, social media and brand communities through his theoretical and practical experiences

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