To advance theoretical understanding of consumer engagement on social media, this cross-cultural study evaluates how culture influences consumers' engagement levels and activities on brand pages of social network sites. It further evaluates the underlying motivations and engagement mechanisms in two culturally distinct countries, China and the USA. Specifically, social media dependency, parasocial interaction, and community identification are examined as the key antecedents of consumer-brand engagement. The results confirm the effects of the proposed antecedents and reveal both cultural differences and similarities between Chinese and American consumers' engagement with brand pages on social network sites.
- consumer engagement
- global marketing communications
- parasocial interaction
- social network site
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business and International Management