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Exploring industry priorities regarding customer satisfaction and implications for event evaluation

Dewi Jaimangal-Jones (Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)
Jonathan Fry (Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK) (Event Rater Ltd, Cardiff, UK)
Claire Haven-Tang (Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

ISSN: 1758-2954

Article publication date: 5 March 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the priorities of event organisers (EOs) and venue managers (VM) in terms of evaluation criteria and avenues for advancing the development and implementation of banks of questions regarding customer satisfaction evaluation.

Design/methodology/approach

The results presented are based on a questionnaire distributed to a sample of EOs and VM which sought to identify their priorities with regard to customer satisfaction feedback.

Findings

The findings show that a significant proportion of respondents had never undertaken formal evaluation, citing time and resources as the key barriers. In addition, a wide range of satisfaction-related criteria were rated as important, with the most valued criteria often related to generalised areas, but failing to consider the motivations of individuals for event attendance, which also appears as a gap within evaluation literature. The research findings indicate that developing banks of evaluation questions is a complex task, due to the number of potential variables in terms of events and audiences.

Originality/value

In linking the priority areas identified by the respondents with evaluation literature and event attendee motivations, this paper proposes alternative ways of structuring and utilising banks of evaluation questions linked to attendee profiles and motivations. Its central premise is that evaluation of consumer satisfaction should be led by consumer motivations and expectations if it is to be viable, meaningful and aid future event development and enhancement. This raises many questions and avenues for future research, to progress the area of logistically feasible evaluation, which generates rich and meaningful data.

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Citation

Jaimangal-Jones, D., Fry, J. and Haven-Tang, C. (2018), "Exploring industry priorities regarding customer satisfaction and implications for event evaluation", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 51-66. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEFM-06-2016-0044

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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