Responding to guests’ online reviews

Data inizio
13 novembre 2015
Durata (mesi) 
Responsabili (o referenti locali)
Vigolo Vania

Companies such as hotels use social media differently according to their mental models and specific historical antecedents. Accordingly, service providers’ online interactions with customers can produce different results in terms of value creation. This research project aims to explore the provider’s role in value (co-)creation in social-media contexts with specific reference to the hospitality industry. More specifically, it analyses hotels’ reactions in terms of (non-)responses to user-generated reviews. In addition, it investigates what type of value creation derives from the customer-provider online interaction and explores the communication approaches used by hotel managers in responding to their guests’ online reviews. In terms of methodological approach, it uses hotel responses publicly available on TripAdvisor and
The expected results can contribute to the literature about online value co-creation by suggesting a taxonomy of providers’ reactions to online reviews and reveal if hotel managers tend to adopt a company-focused or a customer-focused style in their responses.
Significant practical implications can be provided to hotel managers to effectively respond to online guest reviews.

Partecipanti al progetto

Angelo Bonfanti
Professore associato
Vania Vigolo
Professore associato
Aree di ricerca coinvolte dal progetto
Gestione dei servizi
Service management
Gestione del turismo
Tourism management
Titolo Autori Anno
Hotel Responses to Guests’ Online Reviews: An Exploratory Study on Communication Styles Bonfanti, Angelo; Vigolo, Vania; Negri, Francesca 2016
Managing responses to online reviews: an opportunity for value co-creation? Negri, Francesca; Vigolo, Vania; Bonfanti, Angelo 2016