The customer engagement ecosystem

Ewa Maslowska*, Edward Carl Malthouse, Tom Collinger

*Corresponding author for this work

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ABSTRACT: Consumer engagement has been widely discussed in both the academic and practitioner literature, but there is no consensus about its meaning, what phenomena constitute engagement or what its antecedents and consequences are. Therefore, we propose that the term engagement should be eluded and that more specific terms should be used for the different phenomena. Building on the previous literature, we propose the customer engagement ecosystem, a conceptual model that encompasses brand actions, other actors, customer brand experience, shopping behaviours, brand consumption and brand-dialogue behaviours. The model posits that interactions between these elements are non-linear and reactive; meaning that each action causes a reaction of not only the intended recipient of the message, but the whole ecosystem. Hence, the model reflects the interconnected character of today’s marketing environment. It also recognises the growing importance of empowered consumers by distinguishing different forms of brand dialogue behaviours, which describe customers’ non-purchase focused behaviours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-501
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Marketing Management
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Mar 23 2016


  • Customer engagement
  • brand
  • brand dialogue behaviours
  • customer experiences
  • engagement ecosystem
  • non-purchase behaviours

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing


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