IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON CUSTOMER E-LOYALTY AT HOTEL ENTERPRISES: FACEBOOK CASE

Abstract

Author(s): Fatih ERCAN, Osman E. OLAKO?LU

The spread of social media as an important online communication medium for individuals has also made companies to be actively present in these areas. Companies using social media applications like Facebook try to establish customer e-loyalty through long term interactive relations with their customers. The aim of this study is to determine the possible impacts of social media for hotel enterprises on their customers’ e-loyalty in the context of relational benefits. The data was collected from the questionnaire which conducted 462 people following the official Facebook page of hotel enterprises. Relevant analyses for the study purpose was made by using IBM SPSS Statistics 20.0 for Windows program. According to correlation analysis result, as relational benefits obtained by the followers are increase, followers’ e-loyalty to the Facebook page of hotel enterprise is increase on an equal basis. However, according the regression analysis result, hedonic benefits, functional benefits and confidence benefits obtained by the followers from the official Facebook page of hotel enterprises have positive impact on customer eloyalty

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