Recover from a service failure: The differential effects of brand betrayal and brand disappointment on an exclusive brand offering

Published on Feb 1, 2021in Journal of Business Research
· DOI :10.1016/J.JBUSRES.2020.09.056
Teck Ming Tan6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Oulu),
M.S. Balaji24
Estimated H-index: 24
(University of Nottingham)
+ 2 AuthorsJari Salo35
Estimated H-index: 35
(UH: University of Helsinki)
Abstract Brand managers inevitably have to face service failures and respond to them. Undertaking brand recovery is essential as customers might desire to take revenge or spread negative word-of-mouth if they feel betrayed or disappointed by the brand following the service failure. Thus, it is necessary to understand customer responses to brand recovery, which depend on whether they feel betrayed or disappointed (while related, this paper distinguishes these feelings). This research challenges the conventional wisdom by demonstrating that, after presenting customers with an exclusive brand offering during the brand recovery, brand betrayal predicts a positive brand attitude and brand disappointment predicts a negative brand attitude with the service failure. Further, the brand attitude mediates the positive relationship between brand betrayal, positive word-of-mouth, and the likelihood of recommending the brand to others. Thus, the quick recovery that follows an exclusive brand offering positively impacts on the brand relationship among betrayed customers.
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