The influence of B to B firms use of multiple social media platforms on relationship sales performance: an institutional perspective

Kooli, Kaouther and Tzempelikos, Nektarios and Hammouda, Mohamad Y. (2021) The influence of B to B firms use of multiple social media platforms on relationship sales performance: an institutional perspective. Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, 28 (2). pp. 105-123. ISSN 1547-0628

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Abstract

Purpose: Overwhelmed by the huge rise in the number of social media (SM) platforms, B to B firms have been increasingly using multiple social media (SM) platforms to enhance their relationships with their customers. The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of the competitive pressure to use SM on B to B firms use of multiple SM platforms, organization and individual SM competences and on relationship sales performance. Method: An online survey is implemented to collect data from B to B firms from different industries in an emerging market, i.e. Kuwait, to produce 152 usable questionnaires. Structural equation modeling is carried out using Smart PLS 3. Findings: The main findings show that competitive pressure to use SM fully influences relationship sales performance through individual social media competence. It also influences relationship sales performance through two mediations (1) organizational SM competence, (2) on a less important level, through the use of multiple SM platforms and organizational SM competence. Additionally, both organization and individual SM competence are found to significantly influence relationship sales performance. Implications: This study uncovers the complex mechanism through which competitive pressures to use social media influence both individual and organization social media competence and their relationship with their customers. It demonstrates that the use of multiple SM platforms significantly increases relationship sales performance, but this influence is weak. Therefore, top managers must choose the right number of SM platforms and design clear SM strategies. Originality: This study sheds light on the influence of competitive pressure to use SM on B to B firms’ relationships with their customers i.e. relationship sales performance. This coercive pressure could potentially spread B to B firms’ resources over a large number of SM and lead to poor SM presence. The study also emphasizes the role of top management in choosing the optimal combination of SM platforms and developing their organization SM competence.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Institutional theory, Multiple SM platforms use, Relationship sales performance, Individual SM competences, Organizational SM competences
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2021 10:05
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2021 15:59
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706623

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