Enhancing online rapport experience via augmented reality

Tseng Lung Huang, Shane Mathews, Cindy Yunhsin Chou*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to draws on self-determination and self-evaluation theories to examine the psychological factors impacted by augmented reality (AR) services, an augmented reality try-on system. This study highlights three characteristics of modality, synchronous sense or ownership and re-processability within an AR try-on experiences as well as the moderating effects of consumers’ body surveillance and fashion consciousness. Design/methodology/approach: Using a scenario survey approach, this study designs characteristics of an AR try-on system to examine the research model and the hypotheses. A total of 207 responses are collected and analysed using the SmartPLS 3 statistical software. Findings: The results show that modality, synchronous sense of ownership control and re-processability of AR try-on system positively affect consumer’s rapport experience. Both body surveillance and fashion consciousness significantly moderate the effects of AR try-on service system characteristics on consumer rapport experience. Research limitations/implications: This study highlights the importance of understanding the implications of the evolution of cyborg consumerism where consumer technology interface systems such as AR, as a source of technologically mediated modality, become part of the consumer’s body, an extension of their body if you will. Practical implications: Based on the study findings, marketing managers can understand how to better use AR to implement digital promotional strategies for various body-involvement products. Originality/value: Using immersive technologies, this study shows that AR allows a consumer see an authentic self and tangible extension of their physical self in an online shopping setting, thus enhancing a consumer’s online shopping experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-865
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Services Marketing
Volume31
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 6

Keywords

  • Augmented reality
  • Body surveillance
  • Customer experience
  • Fashion consciousness
  • Online shopping environment
  • Rapport experience
  • Self-service technology
  • Technology and service
  • e-commerce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing

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