Unraveling the Customer Education Paradox: When, and How, Should Firms Educate Their Customers?
SJ Bell, S Auh, AB Eisingerich
Journal of Service Research | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2017
Customer education or the extent to which firms are seen as providing customers with the skills and abilities to utilize critical information is often considered a valuable augmentation to a firm’s service offerings. Yet, many firms are hesitant to invest in customer education efforts for fear that it will equip customers with the skills to shop around and possibly switch providers. The purpose of this research is to understand the circumstances under which customer education ties customers more closely to a firm or encourages customers to leave. Specifically, our studies show that an understanding of this paradox of customer education lies in the specificity of customer expertise that is bu..View full abstract