Recover from a service failure: The differential effects of brand betrayal and brand disappointment on an exclusive brand offering

Teck Ming Tan, M. S. Balaji, Eeva Liisa Oikarinen, Sari Alatalo, Jari Salo

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25 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Brand managers inevitably have to face service failures and respond to them. Undertaking brand recovery is essential as customers might desire to take revenge or spread negative word-of-mouth if they feel betrayed or disappointed by the brand following the service failure. Thus, it is necessary to understand customer responses to brand recovery, which depend on whether they feel betrayed or disappointed (while related, this paper distinguishes these feelings). This research challenges the conventional wisdom by demonstrating that, after presenting customers with an exclusive brand offering during the brand recovery, brand betrayal predicts a positive brand attitude and brand disappointment predicts a negative brand attitude with the service failure. Further, the brand attitude mediates the positive relationship between brand betrayal, positive word-of-mouth, and the likelihood of recommending the brand to others. Thus, the quick recovery that follows an exclusive brand offering positively impacts on the brand relationship among betrayed customers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-139
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume123
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Brand betrayal
  • Brand disappointment
  • Brand recovery
  • Exclusive offering
  • Service failure
  • Word-of-mouth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing

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