Title

Simultaneous Effects of Multiple Cues in Restaurant Reviews

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-27-2019

Publication Title

Journal of Services Marketing

First page number:

1

Last page number:

11

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to evaluate how consumers simultaneously process multiple cues for different dining occasions when making a restaurant decision. Design/methodology/approach: This paper investigates the influence of priming (review prototype), effort (distance) and involvement (occasion) on restaurant evaluations, willingness to drive and willingness to pay for a restaurant meal. A 2 (prototype: negative, positive) × 2 (distance: close, far) × 2 (occasion: casual, special) between-subjects factorial design was used. Findings: The paper finds that each variable influences a different outcome, whereby people rely on a review prototype for restaurant evaluation and choice, a distance cue for willingness to drive and a dining occasion for willingness to pay. Practical implications: This paper suggests that restaurant marketers can highlight exemplary service through online reviews, increase profitability by promoting special occasions and geographically expand their market by attracting people to drive for a special dinner. Originality/value: This paper evaluates the simultaneous interactive effects of multiple cues in service settings. It demonstrates that situational cues moderate the effect of primary cues in online reviews.

Keywords

Involvement; Customer reviews; E-WOM; Marketing decision-making; Service expectations

Disciplines

Food and Beverage Management

Language

English

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