More recently, some studies show that especially in the context of services such as retailing and financial services, employee satisfaction can play a critical role in enhancing customer loyalty. This happens because both customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction can mutually reinforce each other, and promote stronger customer loyalty.
More specifically, for a given level of overall satisfaction, customer loyalty is disproportionately stronger when customers perceive that employees are also satisfied. The SPC model has become the basis of a large body of empirical research showing the strong impact of customer satisfaction on customer loyalty.
Specifically, factors such as—goods versus services industry, degree of competition or concentration in the industry, the utilitarian or hedonic nature of products, and customers' switching costs can affect the nature non-linearity and strength of the link between customer satisfaction and customer loyalty.
Customer loyalty includes a variety of outcomes—intentions and behaviors associated with repurchase including word-of-mouth,   complaint behaviors,  share-of-wallet or the relative proportion of purchasing from a single firm relative to customer's total purchasing,  and likelihood to recommend. Customer loyalty is a function of customer satisfaction. In many firms, especially service-oriented industries such as retailing, health-care, financial services, education, and hospitality the level of satisfaction experienced by front-line employees is a critical component.
The level of employee satisfaction influences customer satisfaction as shown in a large-scale study of managers, front-line employees, and customers of a DIY retailer in Europe: Most surprisingly, the level of customer loyalty was much higher among those customers who were themselves more satisfied, but also interacted with more satisfied employees. Highly satisfied customers who dealt with relatively less satisfied employees were relatively less loyal.
The customer commitment approach to loyalty is based on the idea that customers with higher commitment toward the brand are also more likely to be loyal toward the brand. Earlier models of customer commitment conceptualized it as a unidimensional construct e. The five commitment dimensions include:.
Typically, loyalty data is being collected by multi-item measurement scales administered in questionnaires by software providers such as Confirmit , Medallia , and Satmetrix. All historical trends for different segmentations and their standard of living may also be very helpful in developing customer retention strategy.
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Referral reward programs and referral likelihood. Research assistants were assigned to each club to help customers to administer the questionnaires.
Detailed instructions and a supply of questionnaires were made available to the research assistants. A questionnaire was distributed to members as they entered or left the clubs. Participants completed them in a convenient place at the club. The rationale for such a data collection method is based on the theory that participants will be more to the task of completing the questionnaire and will provide more meaningful responses when they are contextualized in the environment that they are evaluating Participation was voluntary, anonymous, and in accordance with the university and federal guidelines for human subjects.
Instrument The questionnaire consisted of four sections. The second section was to measure service quality using the Service Quality Assessment Scale SQAS developed by Lam 18 to measure service quality of health-fitness clubs. Its reliability and validity of this instrument was well established The SQAS consists of 31 items and six dimensions including staff, program, locker room, physical facility, workout facility, and child care.
It was successfully tested for construct validity and reliability 32 and has been modified and used in varied topics 1, 27, 34, and The four-term scales are used to measure enjoyment, social constraints, involvement opportunities, and personal investment. The four items were slightly adjusted to be applicable to the context of health-fitness club. This scale was originally proposed by Oliver 23 and has acceptable values of internal consistency reliabilities 8.
The researcher and his research assistants approached participants and cordially asked their volunteer participation as they entered or left the clubs.
We orally informed of the intent of study, potential risks to them, and their rights regarding participation. Also, all participants were given a written statement describing the intent of study and their rights regarding participation. Clear directions about how to complete the survey were provided. Because of the sensitive nature of the questions, we also informed that they could leave any questions unanswered and could discontinue participation at any time without penalty.
Descriptive statistics percentages, frequency distributions, means, ranges, and standard deviations were utilized to analyze demographic characteristics of the participants. Regression analysis was conducted to determine the relationship between predictor variables and psychological commitment and behavioral intentions of membership renewal and customer referrals.
Statistical significance was accepted at the. Consumer Commitment Customer commitment was used as an attitudinal measure to determine customer loyalty. The predictors were sport enjoyment, personal investments, social constraints, and involvement opportunities, while the criterion variable was the psychological commitment. The sample multiple correlation coefficient was. In Table 1, the relative strength of the individual predicators was presented.
Only the partial correlation was significant between sport enjoyment and psychological commitment and between involvement opportunities and psychological commitment. On basis of these correlational analyses, it is concluded that the only useful predictors are sport enjoyment and involvement opportunities.
However, judgments about the relative importance of these predictors are difficult because they are correlated. A multiple regression analysis was also conducted to predict customer psychological commitment using the predictor variables consumer perceived value, satisfaction, service quality.
Membership Renewal Intentions Membership renewal intentions were used as a behavioral measure to determine customer loyalty. The Motives for Women to Join a Women-Only Fitness Club The reasons for women to join a fitness club were generally weight loss, physical appearance, health benefits, and enjoyment. Of the motives, health benefits were the most important factor for women.
The results of this study revealed that the only useful predictors for psychological commitment are sport enjoyment and involvement opportunities. Overall, the results align with and extend the findings of previous studies that sport commitment was mainly explained by sport enjoyment, involvement opportunities, and personal investments 1, In this study, sport enjoyment emerged as the strongest predictor of commitment. The findings show that customer perceived value, satisfaction, and service quality significantly influence behavioral intentions of membership renewal and customer referrals in women-only health and fitness clubs.
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