Listening to the consumer's voice in website analytics

Matthew P. Bunker, Mohammed Y.A. Rawwas, Darrel E. Bartholomew

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Abstract

Usability studies coupled with the 'think aloud' protocol allow firms and researchers to gain insights into people's web browsing experience. The purpose of this exploratory study is to gain additional insights into the customer perceptions of the webpage experience. Thirty respondents browsed restaurant webpages while using the 'think aloud' protocol. Three major themes that emerged from the analysis are: 1) respondents create future experiences through their interactions with the website; 2) Servicescapes have a large influence on respondents' decision to patronise the restaurant; 3) customer interface plays a multidimensional role in influencing customers' choices. The usability studies revealed customer thoughts and feelings that might be missed if other internet research methodologies were utilised. Usability studies do not replace these methods, but they do have a place within the large arsenal of internet research methodologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-130
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Business Information Systems
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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