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How Well Do Consumer-Brand Relationships Drive Customer Brand Loyalty? Generalizations from a Meta-Analysis of Brand Relationship Elasticities

Mansur Khamitov, Xin (Shane) Wang, Matthew Thomson, Vicki G MorwitzEditor, J Jeffrey InmanEditor and JoAndrea Hoegg

Journal of Consumer Research, 2019, vol. 46, issue 3, 435-459

Abstract: To advance understanding of how well different types of brand relationships drive customer brand loyalty and to help companies improve the effectiveness of their relationship-building investments, this article conducts a meta-analysis of the link between five consumer-brand relationship constructs and customer brand loyalty. The analysis of 588 elasticities from 290 studies reported in 255 publications over 24 years (n = 348,541 across 46 countries) reveals that the aggregate brand relationship elasticity is .439. More importantly, results demonstrate under what conditions various types of brand relationships increase loyalty. For example, while elasticities are generally highest for love-based and attachment-based brand relationships, the positive influence of brand relationships on customer brand loyalty is stronger in more recent (vs. earlier) years, for nonstatus (vs. status) and publicly (vs. privately) consumed brands, and for estimates using attitudinal (vs. behavioral) customer brand loyalty. Overall, the results suggest that brand relationship elasticities vary considerably across brand, loyalty, time, and consumer characteristics. Drawing on these findings, the current research advances implications for managers and scholars and provide avenues for future research.

Keywords: consumer-brand relationship; customer brand loyalty; brand relationship elasticity; meta-analysis; empirical generalizations; brand love; brand attachment; self-brand connection; brand identification; brand trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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