College Park, Md. April 17, 2006 For anyone who uses just half the buttons on their cell phone, or has spent hours poring over a new users manual only to give up in frustration, recent research from the University of Marylands Robert H. Smith School of Business explains why too many product features result in a phenomenon called feature fatigue.
Roland Rust, Holder of the David Bruce Smith Chair of Marketing, was interviewed by National Public Radio′s Weekend Edition (March 11) about his research -- co-authored by Rebecca Hamilton, assistant professor, and Debora Viana Thompson, doctoral student -- on feature fatigue. Rust gives examples of products suffering from feature fatigue and explains to listeners what they can do to avoid getting caught in the feature fatigue trap.
On March 8, 2006, WUSA-TV, Channel 9 in Washington, D.C., showcased research by Roland Rust, Holder of the David Bruce Smith Chair of Marketing; Rebecca Hamilton, assistant professor; and Debora Viana Thompson, doctoral student; on feature fatigue, or the phenomena of too many product features turning consumers off. Television news anchor Bruce Leshan interviewed Rust at his office in Van Munching Hall where Rust showed examples of products suffering from feature overload as well as those that offer a better experience for users because of their simplicity.
Roland Rust to Receive Academy of Marketing Sciences Top Award
Last week (June 26-29, 2014), academic experts and business leaders from countries around the world gathered in Miami, Florida, for the 23rd Annual Frontiers in Service Conference, hosted by the School of Business Administration at the University of Miami.
Roland Rust, executive director of the Center for Excellence in Service, has just published The Handbook of Service Marketing Research. This volume brings together an all-star team of leading researchers in service marketing to explore many of the hottest topics in service marketing today. Cutting-edge topics include: customer relationships and loyalty, customer-centered metrics, managing customer contacts, product and pricing, digital service marketing, rethinking the marketing function, and service for society.
Automating customer service functions has become a popular strategy to improve service productivity and cut costs. But too much service productivity can actually cut into a company’s revenue, according to recent research from Roland Rust, Distinguished University Professor, David Bruce Smith Chair in Marketing, and executive director of the Smith School’s Center for Excellence in Service, and Ming-Hui Huang, Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Center.
The Smith School’s marketing department combines leading scholars who have had profound influence on the discipline with young scholars showing great promise and potential for impact. Faculty explore issues related to quantitative modeling, strategic marketing, and consumer behavior and are leaders in the nascent field of applying complexity theory to business problems. A uniquely collaborative and cross-functional environment brings faculty together to produce research published in the top journals in marketing as well as in other fields.
Research by Roland Rust
Economists may have found their crystal ball. According to new research from Roland Rust, Distinguished University Professor of Marketing at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, a major marketing variable – customer satisfaction – holds the key to what’s next for the U.S. economy.