HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Under the Sway of a Mobile Device during an In-Store Shopping Experience

Document Type

Article

Date

6-9-2017

Publication Title

Psychology and Marketing

ISSN or ISBN

0742-6046

Volume

34

Issue

7

First Page

733

Last Page

752

Description

Mobile device technology is transforming the retail shopping experience. Today's consumers are mobile dependent, preferring to consult with their phone, instead of using the salesperson, while shopping at the retail store. In the absence of literature investigating how the salesperson might sell to this omni-channel, mobile-connected consumer, this paper proposes a conceptual model and tests its proposed linkages. The empirically tested model presents a dyadic view of the omni-channel consumer and the salesperson. Uniquely contributing to the omni-channel and marketing literature, samples from an emerging economy (India) and developed (United States) economy represent the contexts. Specifically, the research examines the salesperson's role in selling to a mobile-dependent consumer who uses mobile technology to search for information during the sales meeting. Findings show that adaptive selling can affect purchase intention and customer predisposition to comply with salesperson input. Results also reveal how perceived control, mobile dependence, and customer predisposition to comply with mobile device input affect purchase intention. Managerial and research implications specifically appropriate for the omni-consumer retail setting are offered.

DOI

10.1002/mar.21019

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