Linking brand attitude to word-of-mouth and revisit intentions in the restaurant sector

Foroudi, Pantea ORCID:, Palazzo, Maria and Sultana, Asfia (2021) Linking brand attitude to word-of-mouth and revisit intentions in the restaurant sector. British Food Journal, 123 (13) . pp. 221-240. ISSN 0007-070X [Article] (doi:10.1108/BFJ-11-2020-1008)

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Purpose – Following the planned behaviour theory, the aim of the paper is to analyse the role played by brand attachment, brand characteristics and congruence in enhancing brand attitude while leading to revisit intentions and word-of-mouth (WOM) in the restaurant sector.

Design/methodology/approach – The study is based on the quantitative method and considered 464 questionnaires fulfilled by customers of restaurants. The data were explored employing the partial least square–structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM).

Findings – This study expands the literature about WOM and revisit intentions. The paper states that brand attitude positively influenced revisit intentions and WOM. Besides, findings highlighted that analysed concepts were positively correlated and that they played an important role in impacting revisit intentions and WOM, apart from one factor: social self-congruity, which was not significantly related to brand attitude.

Practical implications – The results of this paper show practitioners how to develop suitable strategies that set the bases for developing customer loyalty and repeat business. By putting into practice these suggestions in the restaurant sector, brands can easily build up their attitude and boost a positive WOM and the intention to revisit.

Originality/value – The study offers a conceptual framework to explore the significance of several factors, including revisit intentions and WOM. In practice, taking into account the proposed framework, it is suggested that restaurant managers should assess these two items using several factors including congruence, brand characteristics and brand attachment.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 33581
Notes on copyright: © Pantea Foroudi, Maria Palazzo and Asfia Sultana. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at
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Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2021 07:50
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