Facts or Opinions: Which Make a Difference? Word-of-Mouth and Attitude Change in a High-Involvement Service Context

Kristiina Herold*, Jenni Sipilä, Anssi Tarkiainen, Sanna Sundqvist

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Abstract

This research explores how word-of-mouth (WOM) changes consumers’ attitudes and choice behavior in a high-involvement service (higher education) context. Hypotheses are tested by means of structural equation modeling. The main results indicate that different forms (normative and informational) of WOM affect two components of attitude change (credence and search). The findings highlight the central role of normative WOM, and give novel insights into the role of informational WOM. The study contributes to the research on behavioral processes of WOM, with managerial implications in the area of services marketing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-276
Number of pages16
JournalSERVICES MARKETING QUARTERLY
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • attitude change
  • consumer choice
  • high-involvement services
  • Word-of-mouth

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