The effects of customer service on consumer complaining behavior
Article publication date: 1 October 1995
Presents a dynamic model of the consumer complaining behavior process. Is unique in that it distinguishes between negative word‐of‐mouth that occurs prior to seeking redress (or in lieu of seeking redress) and negative word‐of‐mouth that occurs after seeking redress. Another unique aspect of this study is that it specifically recognizes positive word‐of‐mouth as a possible post‐complaint response. The results indicate that the major factor that determines why some dissatisfied consumers seek redress and give the seller a chance to remedy the problem, while others exit and engage in negative word‐of‐mouth behavior, is the perceived likelihood of success. Results also show that, once a dissatisfied customer seeks redress, that person expects to receive a fair settlement but, more importantly, to be treated with courtesy and respect. Based on these results, discusses the pervasive effects of customer service on consumer complaining behavior, and offers managerial recommendations.
Blodgett, J.G., Wakefield, K.L. and Barnes, J.H. (1995), "The effects of customer service on consumer complaining behavior", Journal of Services Marketing, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 31-42. https://doi.org/10.1108/08876049510094487
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