Research

Listening to Your Customers: The Impact of Perceived Salesperson Active Listening

A thorough understanding of how businesses gain and maintain long-term relationships with clients is critical in today’s environment. This study develops a scale for salesperson listening behavior and investigates the impact of customers’ perceptions of salespeople’s listening behavior on trust, satisfaction, and anticipation of future interaction. A structural equations model is developed and empirically tested using a sample of new car buyers. The research results suggest that listening is a higher-order construct composed of three dimensions: (a) sensing, (b) evaluating, and (c) responding. When customers perceive a high level of listening behavior by a salesperson, it enhances their trust in the salesperson and leads to greater anticipation of future interaction. Implications and future research issues are discussed.

Publication Information
Article Title: Listening to Your Customers: The Impact of Perceived Salesperson Active Listening
Journal: Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (Apr, 1997)
Vol. 25 Issue 2, p127, ISSN 0092-0703
Author(s): Ramsey, R.;  Sohi, Ravi
Researcher Information
    
Sohi, Ravi
Sohi, Ravi
Professor and Robert D. Hays Distinguished Chair of Sales Excellence
Expertise:
  • Business-to-Business Marketing
  • E-Commerce Marketing
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing Channels Management
  • Sales Management
Marketing
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0492, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2316
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ravisohi@unl.edu