When Designing Multiple Channels, Mirror Attributes Matter

Offering a seamless multichannel service is a priority for many companies. This research offers a model that can help marketers focus their effort in achieving customer satisfaction across different channels. The research team introduces the 5C model of customer satisfaction that can be used to benchmark performance across various channels. Getting these “mirror attributes” right within each channel as well as across various channels will set you up for a more consistent service and higher customer satisfaction in multichannel environments:

  • choice (assortment breadth and depth),
  • charge (availability of fair prices),
  • convenience (efficiency of the purchase process),
  • confidence (security of transactions), and
  • care (assurance of promised quality).

The article “Channels in the Mirror: An Alignable Model for Assessing Customer Satisfaction in Concurrent Channel Systems” is currently available free of charge in the OnlineFirst section of Journal of Service Research

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[We’re pleased to welcome Maik Hammerschmidt of the University of Göttingen in Germany. Dr. Hammerschmidt recently published an article in the OnlineFirst section of Journal of Service Research with Tomas Falk of Aalto University School of Business in Finland and Bert Weijters of Ghent University in Belgium entitled “Channels in the Mirror: An Alignable Model for Assessing Customer Satisfaction in Concurrent Channel Systems.”

Contrary to popular belief, customers who are shopping do not seem to change 02JSR13_Covers.inddmindsets when switching between offline and online channels. This finding—implying that the attributes consumers use for evaluating offline and online channels mirror each other—represents the punch line in our a recent study published in the OnlineFirst section of Journal of Service Research.

In our paper, we introduce the 5C model of customer satisfaction, which shows that five “mirror” features are mainly responsible for customer satisfaction in multichannel environments. Those channel features that have corresponding attributes in…

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