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dc.contributor.author Mrad, Mona
dc.contributor.author Farah, Maya
dc.contributor.author Mehdi, Nour
dc.date.accessioned 2022-09-23T11:21:57Z
dc.date.available 2022-09-23T11:21:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2022 en_US
dc.date.issued 2022-09-23
dc.identifier.issn 1352-2752 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/14036
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to explore the pros and cons of WhatsApp communication service and its likely effects on consumer behavior and one’s perception of luxury brands. Design/methodology/approach This study conducted 27 in-depth interviews with UK-based participants. This study used NVivo12 to thematically analyze the collected data. Findings The findings indicate that perceived communication convenience, searching for prepurchase information, intimate consumer–brand relationship, perceived self-worth and the thrill of a new service positively contribute to luxury customers’ acceptance of WhatsApp communication usage. Nevertheless, many factors including push promotional strategy, poor service quality, brand “massification” effect, deficient sensory experience, fear of financial risk and deceptive practices, all curbed the participants’ acceptance of this communication platform. When service is poor, all these factors jeopardized the luxury image, causing an impaired brand image, accompanied with negative word of mouth and in some instances, unexpected anticonsumption reactions. Research limitations/implications This study carries the limitations of any exploratory and qualitative research. Therefore, future research should replicate this study in other areas and for other instant messaging platforms. Practical implications The implications of this study serve as a reference for luxury brands’ managers when managing their WhatsApp service. This study provides important insights into the risk of using WhatsApp by luxury brands to communicate with customers. The overall conclusion is that WhatsApp communication service requires a close, supervised and innovative use to benefit luxury brands. Originality/value To the best of the authors’ knowledge, the topic of WhatsApp usage as a communication mean in the luxury industry is still largely underexplored, hence filling a gap in the literature that needs to be addressed given its significant implications. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title WhatsApp communication service en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle a controversial tool for luxury brands en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199705300 en_US
dc.author.department Hospitality Management And Marketing en_US
dc.relation.journal Qualitative Market Research en_US
dc.journal.volume 25 en_US
dc.journal.issue 3 en_US
dc.article.pages 337-360 en_US
dc.keywords Luxury en_US
dc.keywords Technology en_US
dc.keywords nWOM en_US
dc.keywords Consumer behavior en_US
dc.keywords Social media en_US
dc.keywords Mobile commerce en_US
dc.keywords WhatsApp en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1108/QMR-10-2021-0132 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Mrad, M., Farah, M., & Mehdi, N. (2022). WhatsApp communication service: a controversial tool for luxury brands. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 25(3), 337-360. en_US
dc.author.email MFarah@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/QMR-10-2021-0132/full/html en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6251-4096 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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