Examining Relational Benefits and Costs in an online non-transactional context
The paper explores which relational benefits and costs are appropriate for capturing relationship-building efforts within the context of informational, non-transactional, websites and assesses their effect on behavioral outcomes. Firstly, a preliminary study consisting of two focus groups was organized in order to identify what relational benefits and costs users perceive. At the second stage, quantitative data were collected with the use of an e-questionnaire from 444 users/members of a well-known FMCG companys informational website. Results, based on Structured Equation Modeling, indicate that users perceive functional, social and special treatment benefits. Functional benefits have the strongest effect on relational outcomes followed by relational costs and social benefits. Special treatment benefits have no significant effect on behavioral outcomes. From a managerial perspective, findings provide initial evidence on how the development of informational websites can be used as a relationship building tool.
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Citation : Tsimonis, G., Dimitriadis, S. and Koritos C. (2018). Examining Relational Benefits and Costs in an online non-transactional context. International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising.
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