The Formation of Buyer’s Trust of the Seller in an Initial Sales Encounter

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James S. Boles, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This paper presents an empirical investigation of processes by which buyers form trustworthiness perceptions during an initial sales encounter. Verbal and nonverbal cues given off by a salesperson, as well as a business's physical appearance, are relevant to trustworthiness assessments. Results indicate that these cues significantly influence a buyer's judgment of a salesperson's expertise and likability, as well as a firm's capability. These assessments also influence trust of both the salesperson and the selling firm. The implications of these findings are discussed and include directions for future research.

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Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Vol. 16 (Number 1, Winter 2008) pp. 27-40
Language: English
Date: 2008
buyer trust, sales, relational exchange, seller trustworthiness

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