A Comparison of Social Media Marketing Between B2B, B2C and Mixed Business Models

Iankova, Severina, Davies, Iain, Archer-Brown, Chris, Marder, Ben and Yau, Amy (2019) A Comparison of Social Media Marketing Between B2B, B2C and Mixed Business Models. Industrial Marketing Management, 81. pp. 169-179. ISSN 00198501

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Abstract / Summary

This paper explores the implicit assumption in the growing body of literature that social media usage is fundamentally different in business-to-business (B2B) companies than in the extant business-to-consumer (B2C) literature. Sashi’s (2012) customer engagement cycle is utilized to compare B2B, B2C, Mixed B2B/B2C and B2B2C business model organizational practices in relation to social media usage, importance, and its perceived effectiveness as a communication channel. Utilizing 449 responses to an exploratory panel based survey instrument, we clearly identify differences in social media marketing usage and its perceived importance as a communications channel. In particular we identify distinct differences in the relationship between social media importance and the perceived effectiveness of social media marketing across business models. Our results indicate that B2B social media usage is distinct from B2C, Mixed and B2B2C business model approaches. Specifically B2B organizational members perceive social media to have a lower overall effectiveness as a channel and identify it as less important for relationship oriented usage than other business models.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2018.01.001
ISSN: 00198501
Subjects: Business
Communication > Media > Digital Media
Depositing User: Chris Archer-Brown
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 09:40
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2019 10:07
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/2807

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