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Increasing rates of impulsive online shopping on tourism websites

Chun-Der Chen (Department of Business Administration, Ming Chuan University, Taipei City, Taiwan)
Edward C.S. Ku (Department of Travel Management, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Chien Chi Yeh (Graduate Institute of Tourism Management, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Publication date: 5 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Customers who engage in impulsive online shopping make immediate, unplanned and ill-thought-out purchases online. The purpose of this paper is to present a model to illustrate how website quality (moderated by hedonic value) influences impulsive shopping behaviors in the context of online tourism.

Design/methodology/approach

The model and hypotheses presented here were tested by structural equation modeling. Empirical data were collected by conducting a questionnaire survey, in total, 3,000 invitation messages were mailed to the members of the two travel communities (1,500 invitation messages for each one), of which, 402 were returned completed (a return rate of 13.4 percent).

Findings

Visually appealing websites are more likely to attract customer attention and illicit pleasurable emotional responses. In addition, effective tourism websites also maintain good service quality and ensure accuracy of information. Finally, good functional benefits can help customers reduce the time and effort spent searching for a specific service and can also serve as a stimulus triggering impulse buying.

Research limitations/implications

This study used a reliable multidimensional measure of factors that influence the relational benefit of initiators and buyers to help elucidate which factors encourage impulsive online shopping. From a theoretical perspective, the authors determined that website quality is positively associated with functional benefits, and thereby influences impulsive shopping behaviors; in addition, the functional benefits conferred by websites have a strong and direct influence on impulsive shopping behavior. However, this effect is moderated by hedonic value.

Practical implications

Online tourism retailers should continually seek to enhance this function because it is the primary motivation behind customer use of online shopping websites. Effective tourism websites also maintain good service quality and ensure accuracy of information. Finally, navigation systems should be designed to meet the needs of new users, for example by offering help pages that address a variety of topics. Therefore, tourism websites should feature an adequate number of images, a colorful design, and well-described services and products.

Originality/value

In recent years, the popularity of online shopping websites has continued to rise. In seeking to elucidate impulsive online shopping behaviors, this study focused on online-to-offline applications, the uses-and-gratifications perspective and service-dominant logic. The authors also discussed the important influence of website quality on impulse buying and how this is moderated by hedonic value. The research model presented in this study provides a reliable instrument to operationalize key constructs in the analysis of impulsive shopping behavior and has important implications for the online tourism industry.

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Citation

Chen, C.-D., Ku, E.C.S. and Yeh, C.C. (2019), "Increasing rates of impulsive online shopping on tourism websites", Internet Research, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 900-920. https://doi.org/10.1108/INTR-03-2017-0102

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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