Tweets to escape: intercultural differences in consumer expectations and risk behavior during the COVID-19 lockdown in three European countries

Pantano, Eleonora, Priporas, Constantinos-Vasilios ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1061-4279, Devereux, Luke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2441-3427 and Pizzi, Gabriele (2021) Tweets to escape: intercultural differences in consumer expectations and risk behavior during the COVID-19 lockdown in three European countries. Journal of Business Research, 130 . pp. 59-69. ISSN 0148-2963 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2021.03.015)

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Abstract

This study aims to understand the extent to which a time of emergency, (e.g. the COVID-19 pandemic), impacts consumer behaviour in terms of risk and expectations. The methodology involves the systematic content analysis of 15,000 tweets collected from three countries (UK, Italy and Spain) in April 2020. The results suggest that the top-of-mind expectation by consumers deals with escaping from home and enjoying freedom, either by having a good meal (UK), drinking alcoholic beverages (Spain), or travelling (Italy). They also suggest that the high levels of risk individuals were exposed to during the pandemic will not influence behavior in the long-term post- lockdown. Instead, they suggest consumers are willing to restore their consumption levels especially of activities that contribute to the sense of escapism. Finally, results provide evidence of the cultural differences emerging from consumers from different countries during the pandemic. Implications for international marketers and retailers are provided.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 32872
Notes on copyright: © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Depositing User: Costas Priporas
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2021 08:42
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 08:42
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32872

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