2022 journal article

AI-powered chatbot communication with customers: Dialogic interactions, satisfaction, engagement, and customer behavior


co-author countries: China 🇨🇳 United States of America 🇺🇸
author keywords: Dialogic chatbot communication; Engagement-facilitating AI technologies; Chatbot use satisfaction; Social media engagement; Purchase intention; Price premium
Source: Web Of Science
Added: July 5, 2022

The present study is grounded in social exchange theory and resource exchange theory. By exploring customers' satisfaction with chatbot services and their social media engagement, it examined the effects of responsiveness and a conversational tone in dialogic chatbot communication on customers. To test the proposed mediation model, we surveyed a representative sample of customers (N = 965) living in the U.S. After examining the validity and reliability of our measurement model, we tested the hypothesized model using structural equation modeling (SEM) procedures. All proposed hypotheses were supported, indicating the significant direct effects of (1) responsiveness and a conversational tone on customers' satisfaction with chatbot services, (2) customers' chatbot use satisfaction on social media engagement, (3) customers’ social media engagement on price premium and purchase intention, and (4) purchase intention on price premium. In addition, we examined satisfaction, social media engagement, and purchase intention as significant mediators in the proposed model. Theoretical and practical implications of the study were then discussed.