Quotation Kastner, Margit, Stangl, Brigitte. 2012. Mapping Segments Accessing User Generated Content and Website Applications in a Joint Space. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research 6 (4), 389-404.


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The relevant literature suggests that website designers should consider the needs of their target groups. This study aims to show the importance of certain website content/applications as perceived by specific user segments, and reveal a posteriori segments based on motivational factors for reading user-generated content (UGC). The study then seeks to visualize the connections between segments, their perceived importance of website applications, and further explanatory variables, by applying correspondence analysis (CA). The authors show that creative usage of CA may give insight into the varying contributions of certain variables through the exclusion of scale categories or segments. The authors collected 440 completed questionnaires in an online survey. Of the 240 respondents who read UGC, the authors clustered motivational factors by applying a vector quantization method, and then used CA to give insights into the importance of website content/applications for certain segments. The paper explains how matrices can be simplified in order to facilitate interpretation, and applies Rasch analysis to ensure the accuracy of this simplification. The results indicate that six segments exist with different motivations for accessing UGC: enthusiasts, mavericks, tips and price optimizers, safety players, uncommercials, and avoiders. For these different segments, the perceived importance of diverse website content/applications vary. The authors show that interpretation may be simplified, without the loss of substantive information, by combining scale levels and excluding neutral categories. The Rasch analysis also supports combining categories. The authors also show how the demonstration of certain effects can be enhanced by animated graphics, and that these can then be embedded into PDF files. However, embedding of animations only makes sense for digital articles or media in general; in a printed version, the reader would need to be redirected to a website.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research
Language English
Title Mapping Segments Accessing User Generated Content and Website Applications in a Joint Space
Volume 6
Number 4
Year 2012
Page from 389
Page to 404
URL http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17062515&ini=aob
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/17506181211265103

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Kastner, Margit (Details)
Stangl, Brigitte (Former researcher)
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Service Marketing and Tourism IN (Details)
Marketing DP (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5312 Tourism research (Details)
5320 Marketing (Details)
5321 Market research (Details)
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