Who says what to whom in what channel? A rules theoretic perspective on word-of-mouth marketing

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Abstract

We investigate how word-of-mouth marketing campaign participants select communication partners, content and channel. Rules Theory, which we adopt from the interpersonal communication literature, indicates that socially constructed contextual rules explain participants’ choices. Our analysis suggests that campaign participants are sensitive to the socially constructed contexts within which interaction takes place and adjust their communication choices accordingly. We identify four contexts that account for variance in participants’ choices: episode, relationship, life-script and family narrative. We show that specific communication choices may be obligated, legitimated or prohibited dependent on the activated context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1059
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Marketing Management
Volume33
Issue number13-14
Early online date19 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Word-of-mouth marketing
  • WOMM
  • word-of-mouth
  • WOM
  • directed content analysis
  • Rules Theory
  • context
  • contextualised rules
  • deontic logic
  • conversation partner
  • communication content
  • communication channel

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