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Exploring effects of online shopping experiences on browser satisfaction and e‐tail performance

Iryna Pentina (University of Toledo,Toledo, Ohio, USA)
Aliaksandr Amialchuk (University of Toledo,Toledo, Ohio, USA)
David George Taylor (John F. Welch College of Business, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA)

International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

ISSN: 0959-0552

Article publication date: 6 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to empirically identify categories of online shopping experiences and web site functions facilitating these experiences, and to test the effect of those experiences on browser satisfaction, conversion, and online store performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Two analytical methods (survey‐based exploratory factor analysis and secondary data‐based regressions) were employed to test the mediating role of browser satisfaction between online shopping experiences and e‐tail performance for 115 top online retailers during 2006‐2008.

Findings

In addition to supporting the existence of such parallel in‐store and online experiences as sensory, cognitive, pragmatic, and relational, a new type of online shopping experience (interactive/engagement) was identified. It comprises customer involvement with the online store and with friends and other shoppers via the online store interface. The mediating role of browser satisfaction in increasing sales and traffic to online stores was confirmed.

Research limitations/implications

Future research should account for potential multi‐channel effects of online shopping experiences.

Practical implications

Investing in web site features that facilitate such social experiences as product reviews and ratings sharing, and interacting with the site itself (site personalisation and mobile interface), and through the site with others (social networking, wish list, e‐mail‐a‐friend, etc.), can positively influence site visitor satisfaction and lead to increased traffic and sales.

Originality/value

This paper is among the first to explore the nature and drivers of online shopping experiences. It uses multi‐method approach to identify which online shopping experiences significantly affect browser satisfaction and, consequently, store performance.

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Citation

Pentina, I., Amialchuk, A. and Taylor, D.G. (2011), "Exploring effects of online shopping experiences on browser satisfaction and e‐tail performance", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 39 No. 10, pp. 742-758. https://doi.org/10.1108/09590551111162248

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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