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What is Augmented Reality Marketing? Its definition, complexity, and future

Rauschnabel, P, Babin, B, tom Dieck, Mandy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8765-8969, Krey, N and Jung, T ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8594-6641 (2022) What is Augmented Reality Marketing? Its definition, complexity, and future. Journal of Business Research, 142. pp. 1140-1150. ISSN 0148-2963

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Abstract

Augmented Reality (AR) has received increased attention over the last years, both from managers and scholars alike. Various studies in the marketing discipline have tackled fragmented aspects of AR, such as its impact on sales or brands. Yet, a holistic approach to AR remains scarce. Therefore, the authors define “Augmented Reality Marketing” as a novel, strategic, and potentially disruptive subdiscipline in marketing. In conjunction, they discuss a nuanced customer journey model for AR Marketing strategy and propose the BICK FOUR framework (branding, inspiring, convincing, and keeping) as a tool to organize corresponding goals. Another contribution is the introduction of several fundamental differences between AR Marketing and traditional digital marketing concepts, such as redefining the reality concept (reduced reality, normal reality, and augmented reality in a metaverse context). Insights from 127 managers further enhance the current and future practices of AR Marketing. Finally, a discussion of ethical and legal considerations completes the assessment.

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