The effects of customer equity drivers on loyalty across services industries and firms

Published on May 1, 2017in Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science9.418
· DOI :10.1007/S11747-016-0477-6
Yi-Chun Ou4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Leeds),
Peter C. Verhoef72
Estimated H-index: 72
(UG: University of Groningen),
Thorsten Wiesel7
Estimated H-index: 7
(WWU: University of Münster)
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Abstract
Customer equity drivers (CEDs)—value equity, brand equity, and relationship equity—positively affect loyalty intentions, but this effect varies across industries and firms. We empirically examine potential industry and firm characteristics that explain why the CEDs–loyalty link varies across services industries and firms in the Netherlands. The results show that (1) some previously assumed industry and firm characteristics have moderating effects while others do not and (2) firm-level advertising expenditures constitute the most crucial moderator because they influence all three loyalty strategies (significant for value equity and brand equity; marginally significant for relationship equity), while three industry contexts (i.e., innovative markets, visibility to others, and complexity of purchase decisions) each influence two of the three loyalty strategies. Our results clearly show that specific industry and firm characteristics affect the effectiveness of specific loyalty strategies.
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