From “Hypercritics” to “Happy Campers”: Who Complains the Most in Fine Dining Restaurants?

KHALILZADEH, Jalayer, GHAHRAMANI, Ladan and TABARI, Saloomeh (2017). From “Hypercritics” to “Happy Campers”: Who Complains the Most in Fine Dining Restaurants? Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management, 26 (5), 451-473.

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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.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School > Department of Service Sector Management
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Page Range: 451-473
SWORD Depositor: Hilary Ridgway
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 08:54
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 02:20

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