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The impact of communication channels on communication style and information quality for hotel loyalty programs

Orie Berezan (CSUDH, Carson, California, USA)
Michelle Yoo (Cal State Pomona, Pomona, California, USA)
Natasa Christodoulidou (California State University, Carson, California, USA)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology

ISSN: 1757-9880

Article publication date: 1 February 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of communication channels on communication style and information quality as perceived by loyalty program members.

Design/methodology/approach

An online survey was utilized to collect data, and multivariate analysis of variance was used to test the study hypothesis.

Findings

Study results indicated that the choice of a communication channel has a significant impact on the perceived communication style and information quality.

Research limitations/implications

The use of an online survey restricted the ability to generalize findings beyond those that use the internet. Replicating this study in other areas where customers seek information outside of loyalty programs would provide valuable insight into the impact of communication channels on communication style and perceived quality of communication.

Practical implications

Communication style and information quality have been shown to impact customer loyalty. The results of this study indicate that the type of communication channel used impacts style and information quality, and thereby loyalty.

Social implications

Executives should use these research findings as a guide to how they should structure and maintain relationships with their loyalty members.

Originality/value

This manuscript provides executives with a taxonomy of the tools and channels available for communicating information to loyalty program members.

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Citation

Berezan, O., Yoo, M. and Christodoulidou, N. (2016), "The impact of communication channels on communication style and information quality for hotel loyalty programs", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 100-116. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHTT-08-2015-0031

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2016, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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