Taking Stock of the Digital Revolution: A Critical Analysis and Agenda for Digital, Social Media, and Mobile Marketing Research

Poyner Lamberton, Cate and Stephen, Andrew T. (2015) Taking Stock of the Digital Revolution: A Critical Analysis and Agenda for Digital, Social Media, and Mobile Marketing Research. Saïd Business School WP 2015-16.

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Abstract

Marketing has been revolutionized due to the rise of digital media and new forms of electronic communication. In response, academic researchers have attempted to explain consumer- and firm-related phenomena related to digital, social media, and mobile marketing (DSMM). This paper presents a critical historical analysis of, and forward-looking agenda for, this work. First, we assess marketing’s contribution to understanding DSMM since 2000. Extant research falls under three eras, and a fourth era currently underway. Era 1 focused on digital tools and platforms as consumer and marketer decision aids. Era 2 studied online communications channels (e.g., online forums) as word of mouth marketing “laboratories,” capturing the potential of DSMM for social information transmission. Era 3 embraced the notion of “connected consumers” by considering various antecedents and consequences of socially interconnected consumers in marketplaces. Era 4, currently starting, considers mobile marketing and brings psychological and social theories to bear on emergent DSMM issues. Second, we critique the DSMM literature and advance a series of recommendations for future research. While we find much to applaud, we argue that several problems limit the relevance of this research moving forward and suggest ways to alleviate these concerns moving forward.

Item Type: Oxford Saïd Research Paper
Keywords: marketing; digital media
Subject(s): Markets
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2015 09:38
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2015 09:38
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5845

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