This paper aims to examine how external marketing messages, which are generally used to convey company and product information to external target audiences, influence job attitudes and behaviors of salespeople.
The study is conducted based on survey data on 348 salespeople working at regional banks in the Midwestern USA. The relationships among salespeople’s perceptions of marketing messages (i.e. in terms of value incongruence and claim inaccuracy), organizational cynicism, job attitudes (i.e. organizational commitment and job satisfaction) and behaviors (i.e. extra-role performance) are empirically tested.
Salespeople’s perceptions of value incongruence and claim inaccuracy of marketing messages heighten organizational cynicism, which in turn negatively impacts on organizational commitment, job satisfaction and extra-role performance. Also, inaccurate claim directly decreases job attitudes and behaviors.
The results are limited to salespeople in financial institutions, and future research should investigate perceptions of non-customer contact employees in other industry contexts. Future investigation may also include objective performance metrics and consumer satisfaction ratings.
Service firms should strive to align salespeople’s perceptions of marketing messages with firms’ intended goals from those messages.
Drawing on attitude theory and perspectives from sales literature, social psychology and organizational behavior literature, in the first of such investigations, the authors studied the impact of external marketing messages on salespeople’s cynicism, job attitudes and behaviors.
The authors dedicate this article to our esteemed colleague Rajiv Dant. He was a dedicated scholar and committed mentor of doctoral students many of which are coauthors on this article. It is with lasting memory of his many contributions that the authors share this publication with the scholarly community.
Seriki, O., Evans, K., Jeon, H., Dant, R. and Helm, A. (2016), "Unintended effects of marketing messages on salespeople’s cynicism", European Journal of Marketing, Vol. 50 No. 5/6, pp. 1047-1072. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJM-07-2014-0440Download as .RIS
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