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The present study explored the association between the intensity of social media use for customer relationship management (CRM) and the business performance satisfaction of Thai microenterprises. The survey data were collected from 217 owners of the small shops at major marketplaces in Thailand. The results from partial least square regression analysis showed that the entrepreneurs who used social media intensively for CRM tended to report higher satisfaction with their business performance. Furthermore, the results from the moderating effect analyses found that the positive relationship between social media use intensity for CRM and business performance satisfaction tended to be signifi- cantly higher for the entrepreneurs who exhibited lower levels of social competency in business, as well as for the companies that generated more sales from social media. The main findings of this research provide practical implications for microenterprise entrepreneurs. Given that communication in social media tends to involve less interpersonal interactions than face-to-face communication, using social media for CRM activities might be essential in enabling entrepreneurs with low social competency to interact with customers to improve customer satisfaction. Also, this finding implies that using social media for CRM tends to be more crucial for companies that primarily target customers who are social media users.
In summary, this research has provided empirical evidence to support the importance of social media use for CRM as being a marketing practice that can help microenterprises in Thailand achieve higher business performance satisfaction. Overall, these findings offer additional contributions to the previous research that proposed the benefits of social media use in business, particularly in the area of CRM. The study also filled the research gap by showing that the benefits that companies can obtain from social media use for CRM can be contingent on some entrepreneur and firm characteristics. Lastly, the authors suggest that as more and more companies have begun to deploy social media in business to take advantage of the market opportunity presented by the increasing number of social media users, it is very important for firms, especially microenterprises, to learn to adapt social media for marketing purposes, in order to help them compete effectively in business.