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Customer Services in Social Media Channels: An Empirical Analysis

September 18, 2013
By Alexander Rossmann

In recent years, marketing scholars have invested heavily in exploring the role of social media in marketing theory and practice. One valuable strategy for using social media in marketing communication is to provide customer services in applications like Facebook or Twitter. This report evaluates a) the concept of perceived service quality in different service channels and b) the impact customer service strategies have on customer loyalty, word of mouth communication, and cross-sell preferences. The framework presented here is tested cross-channel against data collected from the customer service department of a large telecommunication provider. The results elucidate the effectiveness of customer service strategies in different channels.

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Current Research Questions in Word of Mouth Communication

September 24, 2013
By Alexander Rossmann

Word of mouth (WOM) communication, long recognized as a highly influential source of information, has taken on new importance with the proliferation of online WOM. The rise of online forums and communities has dramatically increased the scope of word of mouth marketing, allowing consumers greater access to information from subject matter experts and other key influentials who impact new purchases. Online WOM data have been widely used in the literature to examine topics such as the impact of WOM recommendations and reviews, brand community involvement, and product adoption. For all the valuable contributions made by WOM research, a lot of important questions still remain unexplored. One is delineating the preconditions for user engagement in WOM communication; another is exploring the role of WOM content and WOM context on the efficacy of WOM in general. And there is final area where research is needed, focusing on organizational capabilities firms need in order to foster the impact of WOM communication on purchasing behavior.

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