Brand Personality and Loyalty: Theorectical Approach and Findings of a Causal Analytical Study of Internet Service Providers
The Electronic Markets Journal, 2003
31 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2015 Last revised: 20 Apr 2018
Date Written: 2003
For a few years now, companies have been operating within the telecommunication and media industry within the environment of digital convergence. Especially Internet Service Providers are therefore confronted with a new competitive landscape, which is characterised by an increased complexity and dynamics. This development implies a need for change in the strategic alignment, a change away from transaction towards relationship orientation understanding loyal customers as an asset. In many different industrial and service providing sectors customer satisfaction is regarded as the key to customer loyalty. However, this relationship is influenced by several other variables, such as the congruent perception of brand’s personality and customer’s self concept, switching barriers or the attractiveness of products and services provided by rival companies. This paper examines the relationships between those constructs and provides a structural equation model with latent variables for modelling these complex relationships. The postulated relationships are examined simultaneously in two distinct groups. A survey of 241 adult ISP customers provided data for the analysis. Our results reveal the existence of different segments in the market of Internet Service Providers (ISP). We conclude with a set of implications to guide practitioners and to stimulate future research.
Keywords: Brand, Internet Service Providers
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