The role of explanations and metadiscourse in management responses to anger-reviews versus anxiety-reviews : The mediation of sense-making

Chunyu LI*, Geng CUI, Yongfu HE

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

Abstract

Management response (MR) has become a popular intervention for hotels to manage customer reviews on social media platforms. This article introduces two important linguistic features of MR content—metadiscourse and explanation—and investigates their effectiveness in addressing negative reviews. It also examines how hotels customize MRs using different linguistic features according to different emotions in reviews. Based on a field investigation of large-scale TripAdvisor data and an experimental study, we demonstrate that explanations outperform metadiscourse for anxiety-reviews, whereas metadiscourse is more effective than explanations for anger-reviews. Moreover, their relative effectiveness is mediated by consumers’ sense-making process. Using explanations for anxiety-reviews and metadiscourse for anger-reviews facilitates sense-making, whereas using explanations for anger-reviews and metadiscourse for anxiety-reviews impedes it. This research enriches current understanding of MR effects and provides the hospitality industry with important guidelines for formulating effective MRs and social media marketing practices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102560
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Volume89
Early online date11 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020

Bibliographical note

National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant numbers: 7190204); Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (Grant numbers: 2019A1515011232); Featured Innovation Grant of Guangdong Education Department (Grant numbers: 2018WTSCX031).

Keywords

  • Management response
  • Explanations
  • Metadiscourse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Sense-making
  • Negative review

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