Title: The determinants of website purchases: the role of e-customer loyalty and word-of-mouth

Authors: Hélia Gonçalves Pereira; Margarida Cardoso; Pedro Dionísio

Addresses: Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Avenida das Forças Armadas, 1649-026 Lisbon, Portugal ' Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Avenida das Forças Armadas, 1649-026 Lisbon, Portugal ' Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Avenida das Forças Armadas, 1649-026 Lisbon, Portugal

Abstract: This paper investigates the influence of several variables on e-loyalty and e-WOM, in the context of personal lifestyle products and services (PLps). Two focus groups are conducted and a questionnaire applied to explore the attitudes and behaviour regarding online shopping in PLps. The results show that overall quality perception, buying experience, website image and personalisation have a positive impact on e-customers' satisfaction. Also, e-satisfaction has a positive impact on customers' trust and loyalty, in turn, positively influencing e-WOM. This study also indicates that loyal customers are always looking for new information and available to switch between brands. It is therefore fundamental for organisations to understand and act proactively to ensure a long-term relationship. Two distinct groups of consumers are identified: youngsters and matures, a classification associated to trust. Companies should then apply different strategies to young and mature clients.

Keywords: e-commerce; consumer behaviour; e-satisfaction; e-loyalty; e-WOM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEMR.2017.085705

International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing, 2017 Vol.8 No.2, pp.136 - 156

Available online: 21 Jul 2017 *

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