Numerous studies have shown customer satisfaction to be the crucial antecedent of perhaps the most important constructs in marketing – loyalty and customer retention. However the satisfaction→customer retention linkage is not as simple as it might first seem. This study examines the impact of switching barriers as potential moderators of the satisfaction→customer retention linkage. The results show that across each industry studied, the satisfaction→repeat purchase link is stronger under conditions of low switching barriers, and weaker when switching barriers are perceived to be higher, thus supporting a contingency model of customer retention.
Patterson, P.G. (2004), "A contingency model of behavioural intentions in a services context", European Journal of Marketing, Vol. 38 No. 9/10, pp. 1304-1315. https://doi.org/10.1108/03090560410548997
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