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Turizam
2017, vol. 21, br. 4, str. 161-171
jezik rada: engleski
vrsta rada: izvorni naučni članak
objavljeno: 05/04/2018
doi: 10.5937/turizam21-16720
Travel agents as market mavens: An empirical study on travel agencies in Izmir
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Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Business, Department of Tourism Management, Izmir, Turkey

e-adresa: humeyra.dogru@deu.edu.tr

Sažetak

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Despite the developments in computer-mediated communication after the advent of the Internet, traditional word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing is still influential on consumers' buying decision processes. As one of the WOM influencer groups, market mavens are information providers who affect buying decision of other consumers with their product knowledge and marketplace expertise. The purpose of the study is to examine whether front-line employees working at travel agencies are market mavens or not. A survey of 120 travel agency employees was conducted using a structured questionnaire including open-ended questions as well. Descriptive statistics, parallel test, minimum average partial test, exploratory factor analysis, independent samples t-test, and correlation analysis were performed using SPSS 24.0 software. The conclusion of the study revealed that the front line employees in travel agencies had a tendency to give recommendations and share information as market mavens.

Ključne reči

word-of-mouth; market mavenism; travel agencies

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