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Gap model

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  • 1. Gaps Model of Service Quality Customer gap:  Difference between expectations and perceptions Provider gap 1:  Not knowing what customers expect Provider gap 2:  Not selecting the right service designs and standards Provider gap 3:  Not delivering to service standards Provider gap 4:  Not matching performance to promises
  • 2. Provider Gap 1 CUSTOMER Expected Service GAP 1 Company COMPANY Perceptions of Consumer Expectations
  • 3. Provider Gap 2 CUSTOMER COMPANY Customer-Driven Service Designs and Standards GAP 2 Company Perceptions of Consumer Expectations
  • 4. Provider Gap 3 CUSTOMER COMPANY Service Delivery GAP 3 Customer-Driven Service Designs and Standards
  • 5. Provider Gap 4 CUSTOMER COMPANY Service Delivery External Communications GAP 4 to Customers
  • 6. Gaps Model of Service Quality CUSTOMER Expected Service Customer Gap Perceived Service External COMPANY Service Delivery Gap 4 Communications to Customers Gap 1 Gap 3 Customer-Driven Service Designs and Standards Gap 2 Company Perceptions of Consumer Expectations
  • 7. Key Factors Leading to the Customer Gap CustomerCustomer Expectations Gap  Provider Gap 1: Not knowing what customers expect  Provider Gap 2: Not selecting the right service designs and standards  Provider Gap 3: Not delivering to service standards  Provider Gap 4: Not matching performance to promises Customer Perceptions
  • 8. Key Factors Leading to Provider Gap 1 Customer ExpectationsGAP Inadequate Marketing Research Orientation 1  Insufficient marketing research Research not focused on service quality Inadequate use of market research  Lack of Upward Communication Lack of interaction between management and customers Insufficient communication between contact employees and managers Too many layers between contact personnel and top management  Insufficient Relationship Focus Lack of market segmentation Focus on transactions rather than relationships Focus on new customers rather than relationship customers Company Perceptions of Customer Expectations
  • 9. Key Factors Leading to Provider Gap 2 Customer-Driven Service Designs and StandardsGAP  Poor Service Design 2 Unsystematic new service development process Vague, undefined service designs  Absence of Customer-Driven Standards Lack of customer-driven service standards Absence of process management to focus on customer requirements Absence of formal process for setting service quality goals  Inappropriate Physical Evidence and Servicescape Management Perceptions of Customer Expectations
  • 10. Key Factors Leading to Provider Gap 3 Customer-Driven Service Designs and StandardsGAP  Deficiencies in Human Resource Policies 3 Ineffective recruitment Role ambiguity and role conflict Poor employee-technology job fit Inappropriate evaluation and compensation systems Lack of empowerment, perceived control and teamwork  Failure to Match Supply and Demand Failure to smooth peaks and valleys of demand Inappropriate customer mix Over-reliance on price to smooth demand  Customers Not Fulfilling Roles Customers lack knowledge of their roles and responsibilities Customers negatively impact each other  Problems with Service Intermediaries Channel conflict over objectives and performance Channel conflict over costs and rewards Difficulty controlling quality and consistency Tension between empowerment and control Service Delivery
  • 11. Key Factors Leading to Provider Gap 4 Service DeliveryGAP  Lack of Integrated Services Marketing Communications Tendency to view each external communication as independent 4 Not including interactive marketing in communications plan Absence of strong internal marketing program  Ineffective Management of Customer Expectations Not managing customer expectations through all forms of communication Not adequately educating customers  Overpromising Overpromising in advertising Overpromising in personal selling Overpromising through physical evidence cues  Inadequate Horizontal Communications Insufficient communication between sales and operations Insufficient communication between advertising and operations Differences in policies and procedures across branches or units External Communications to Customers
  • 12. Causes Behind Service SwitchingPricing• High Price• Price Increases Response to Service Failure• Unfair Pricing • Negative Response• Deceptive Pricing • No Response • Reluctant ResponseInconvenience• Location/Hours Competition• Wait for Appointment• Wait for Service Service • Found Better Service Switching Ethical ProblemsCore Service Failure• Service Mistakes Behavior • • Cheat Hard Sell• Billing Errors • Unsafe• Service Catastrophe • Conflict of InterestService Encounter Failures Involuntary Switching• Uncaring • Customer Moved• Impolite • Provider Closed• Unresponsive• Unknowledgeable

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