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Customer-to-customer interaction quality, promotion emotion, prevention emotion and attitudinal loyalty in mass services

Beomjoon Choi (California State University, Sacramento, California, USA)
Hyun Sik Kim (School of Business, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Republic of Korea)

Journal of Service Theory and Practice

ISSN: 2055-6225

Article publication date: 3 June 2020

Issue publication date: 31 July 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The current study aims to explore the relationships between three kinds of customer-to-customer (C2C) interaction quality and brand loyalty via customer promotion and prevention emotions.

Design/methodology/approach

In order to test the model, we gathered self-administered data through an online survey. The relationships were examined using structural equation modelling (SEM).

Findings

The findings show that the influence of customer-to-customer interaction quality on promotion/prevention emotion varies: friend-interaction quality evokes both promotion emotion (high-arousal feelings) and prevention emotion (low-arousal feelings), whereas neighbouring customer-interaction quality elicits promotion emotion, and audience-interaction quality elicits prevention emotion. Moreover, the findings show that enhancing both promotion and prevention emotions is crucial to improve customer attitudinal loyalty in mass service settings, and the strength of the link from promotion emotion to attitudinal loyalty is stronger than that from prevention emotion.

Practical implications

The authors suggest that marketers should focus on facilitating effective friend- and neighbouring customer-interaction to enhance promotion emotion.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to a stream of research on customer-to-customer interaction by exploring the relative influences of three kinds of customer-to-customer interaction quality on customer attitudinal loyalty via post-consumption emotions.

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Citation

Choi, B. and Kim, H.S. (2020), "Customer-to-customer interaction quality, promotion emotion, prevention emotion and attitudinal loyalty in mass services", Journal of Service Theory and Practice, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 257-276. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTP-08-2019-0172

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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