Online consumer behaviour and its relationship to website atmospheric induced flow: Insights into online travel agencies in China
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Gao, Lingling and Bai, X, Online consumer behaviour and its relationship to website atmospheric induced flow: Insights into online travel agencies in China, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 21, (4) pp. 653-665. ISSN 0969-6989 (2014) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Although the study of flow has recently received a lot attention, little is published about what factors controllable by firms influence its formation. Furthermore, there is a lack of knowledge between the relationship of website atmospheric cues and flow experience. Using a stimulus-organism-response framework (S-O-R framework) as the theoretical basis, this study examines the impact of consumer perceptions of website atmospheric cues (informativeness, effectiveness and entertainment) on the development of flow and its subsequent impact on purchase intention and satisfaction. A self-administered online survey was used for data collection through an internet market research firm which randomly selected individuals from its online panel. Our results support the validity of the S-O-R framework in the context of online tourism and indicate that flow fully mediates the three site atmospheric cues with regards to purchase intention and satisfaction with the travel website. This study enhances our understanding on the determinants of online purchase intention and satisfaction as well as on how a proper web atmospheric design alters consumer shopping experience which entices favourable purchase intention and generates satisfaction. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
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