Customer engagement behaviors and hotel responses

Wei Wei, Li Miao, Zhuowei Huang

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Abstract

The current customer-centric business environment requires hospitality firms to pursue strategies steering customer behaviors beyond transactions, which are frequently referred to as customer engagement behaviors (CEBs). The present study focused on one particular type of customer engagement behaviors: user-generated hotel reviews. Specifically, this study examined potential customers' perceptions of CEBs and hotels' management responses to CEBs. The results of an experimental study showed that customers' perceived motivational drivers underlying CEBs vary with their targets and positive CEBs enjoy more favorable evaluations than negative CEBs. For management responses to CEBs, the perceived motivational drivers were determined by the specificity of responses and the valence of CEBs. The effectiveness of specific management responses was rated higher than that of generic responses to negative CEBs. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings also are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-330
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Customer engagement (CE)
  • Customer engagement behaviors (CEBs)
  • Hotel reviews
  • Management responses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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