Trust, Religiosity, and Relationship Marketing: A Conceptual Overview of Consumer Brand Loyalty

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Al-Abdulrazak, Rula and Gbadamosi, A. 2017. Trust, Religiosity, and Relationship Marketing: A Conceptual Overview of Consumer Brand Loyalty. Society and Business Review. 12 (3), pp. 320-339.
AuthorsAl-Abdulrazak, Rula and Gbadamosi, A.
Abstract

Purpose: Over the years, a considerable depth of research has established the link between trust, commitment and relationship marketing and its relevance to consumers’ brand preferences. Nonetheless, there is a dearth of research on how they are linked to religiosity. Accordingly, this is the palpable gap addressed in this paper.
Design/methodology/approach: This paper is conceptual and draws from the eclectic review of the extant literature that revolves around the key themes associated with the topic.
Findings: The article emphasises the significance of trust and religiosity in consumers’ commitment to specific market offerings and brands which invariably strengthens relationship marketing. A model entitled Brand, Faith Relationship model (BFR) is proposed to understand brand positioning in the marketplace in relation to faith. With this model, a four categories typology of brand position scenarios is suggested in this paper. (1) Passive Brand, Faith relationship, (2) Faith trust established in the absence of brands, (3) Brand Loyalty without any Faith associations, and (4) Brand Loyalty, with Positive Brand, Faith relationship.
Research limitations/implications:
Practical implications: This paper has significant implications for brand management in relation to segmentation, targeting, and the positioning of brands in the marketplace. It also raises marketers’ consciousness on the potency of trust embedded in consumers’ faith/religiosity in their brand preferences.
Originality/value: This paper explores the concepts of trust and consumers’ brand choices within the relationship marketing literature vis-à-vis the role of religion which is rarely examined.

JournalSociety and Business Review
Journal citation12 (3), pp. 320-339
ISSN1746-5680
Year2017
PublisherEmerald
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/SBR-03-2017-0014
Publication dates
Online09 Oct 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited08 May 2017
Accepted10 Mar 2017
Accepted10 Mar 2017
Copyright information© 2017 Emerald
LicenseAll rights reserved
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