Examining relational benefits and costs in an online non-transactional context
by Georgios Tsimonis; Sergios Dimitriadis; Christos Koritos
International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising (IJIMA), Vol. 12, No. 2, 2018

Abstract: The paper explores which relational benefits and costs are appropriate for capturing relationship-building efforts within the context of informational, non-transactional, websites and assesses their effect on behavioural outcomes. Firstly, a preliminary study consisting of two focus groups was organised in order to identify what relational benefits and costs users perceive. At the second stage, quantitative data were collected with the use of an e-questionnaire from 444 users/members of a well-known FMCG company's informational website. Results, based on Structured Equation Modelling, indicate that users perceive functional, social and special treatment benefits. Functional benefits have the strongest effect on relational outcomes followed by relational costs and social benefits. Special treatment benefits have no significant effect on behavioural outcomes. From a managerial perspective, findings provide initial evidence on how the development of informational websites can be used as a relationship-building tool.

Online publication date: Tue, 13-Mar-2018

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