Hotel school alumni’s intentions to use communication channels : a cross-generational comparison study

Chen, Meng-Mei (Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Murphy, Hilary Catherine (Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)

Alumni communication is vital in sustaining the relationship between alumni and their alma maters. This research investigated four cohorts of alumni, and their intentions to use a range of traditional and digital communication channels, including social media. An online questionnaire was sent to 8060 alumni and resulted in 595 usable responses, yielding a 7% response rate. The research results showed that alumni have the highest intentions to use the alumni e-newsletter and the alumni Website and the lowest intentions to use social media, e.g., Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Among alumni cohorts, significant statistical differences in their intentions to use these communication channels were identified. Given our findings, alumni communication staff are encouraged to leverage different communication channels targeting alumni in different age groups.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
EHL
Subject(s):
Economie/gestion
Date:
2018-02
Pagination:
15 p.
Published in:
Journal of teaching in travel & tourism
Numeration (vol. no.):
2018, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 202-216
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