Statistics and Its Interface

Volume 8 (2015)

Number 3

Evaluating customer values by word-of-mouth: an empirical study of a telecommunication network

Pages: 347 – 354



Ji Li (Business School, Central University of Finance and Economics, Haidian District, Beijing, China)

Zheng Fang (Business School, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China)

Yi Han (Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, China)

Yan Wang (Eurasia University, Xi-An, China)


Word-of-mouth (WOM) is an important way for companies to gain new customers and new value, therefore the indirect value a customer brings to the company through WOM should not be ignored. The empirical analysis on the data of a wireless service provider shows that customers’ WOM value is very comparable to their direct values. In addition, the WOM value is positively related to the customers’ social capital and has an inverted U-shape link to the proportion of weak ties within the customers’ social network. These findings extend the previous understanding on customer value from direct value to indirect value of WOM, and provide some insights on the antecedents ofWOM value.


customer value,word of mouth, social network

Published 17 April 2015