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From “hypercritics” to “happy campers”: who complains the most in fine dining restaurants?

Khalilzadeh, Jalayer, Ghahramani, Ladan and Tabari, Saloomeh ORCID: 2017. From “hypercritics” to “happy campers”: who complains the most in fine dining restaurants? Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management 26 (5) , pp. 451-473. 10.1080/19368623.2017.1256802

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This article describes a cluster analysis of the complaining behavior of customers in fine dining restaurants using past visit frequency, public actions against the restaurants, recovery action requests, negative marketing actions, and satisfaction from previous experiences as the criteria variables. Four customer groups were recognized, termed hypercritics, silent killers, friendly complainers, and happy campers. Characteristics of the customer groups based on all criteria variables differed according to service delivery failure reactions. Overall, hypercritics and friendly complainers informed a restaurant and gave it the opportunity to make corrective actions; silent killers resorted to negative marketing actions rather than complaining on site; and happy campers did not complain. The analysis indicates several ways to turn silent killers into more favorable consumer groups. The results suggest that service stages should be treated uniquely while designing the best recovery response strategies for different customer groups.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 1936-8623
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 11:41

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