Using New Media for Customer Interaction: A Challenge for Relationship Marketing

  • Bernd Stauss
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Abstract

Direct interaction processes, geared towards contact maintenance and repeated transactions, are an integral part of the relationship marketing concept. New types of communication now available through the internet offer a number of new and promising opportunities for the intended dialogue. This applies in particular to company-controlled communication. This gives companies the ability to customize information with regard to the individual needs of a particular customer and to optimize the customer’s feedback opportunities. To achieve this, however, companies must satisfy demanding preconditions related to technology, personnel, organization and co-ordination. Companies also face a completely different challenge arising from customer-controlled internet communication. When customers publish their criticism of products and companies online and make their individual criticism the subject of global word of mouth, customer-customer communication becomes a real threat. In order to prevent serious damage to customer relationships, managers must monitor these communications carefully, analyze them, and react appropriately.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernd Stauss
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  1. 1.Catholic University of EichstaettIngolstadtGermany

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