Customer Experience in Online Financial Services: A Study of Behavioral Intentions for Techno-Ready Market Segments
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Purpose – Drawing upon research in consumer behavior, the purpose of this paper is to deploy an alternative way to predict behavioral intention with customer technology beliefs and experience in e-brokerage services. Design/methodology/approach – This study tests the proposed framework and relevant hypotheses with survey responses collected from 258 online investors. Findings – Technology-ready (TR) customer segments vary in their evaluations of customer-service interfaces; interface evaluations affect cognitive service experience; and interface evaluations and cognitive experience affect customers’ behavioral intentions. Research limitations/implications – This study indicates that flow experience emerges as an important factor for achieving sustainable competitive advantages in e-brokerage services. The research findings and relevant hypotheses might not apply to low-credence services. Practical implications – The findings indicate that service designers need to examine the life cycle of the intended service offerings and customize corresponding service/product features based on customers’ technology beliefs and personal characteristics, which can further lead to maximized flow experience and increased intention rate. Originality/value – The paper is among the first attempts to examine how psychographic features affect customers’ experience and valuation of certain service system interfaces from service design perspective.
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service design; technology belief; e-brokerage; experience; surveys; stocks and shares; internet; consumer behaviour
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Required Publisher Statement: © Emerald. Final version published as: Ding, X. D., Huang, Y., & Verma, R. (2011). Customer experience in online financial services: A study of behavioral intentions for techno-ready market segments. Journal of Service Management, 22(3), 344-366. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.