Business Identify Seven Dimensions of a Consumer Experience
|EAST LANSING, Mich. – Two professors at Michigan State University and
Publicom Inc., a services marketing consultancy, partnered in a landmark
study about the customer experience. Study results identified the seven
important dimensions of a consumer experience that can be used as an effective
management tool for business.
“It’s a universally recognized truth that you can’t manage what you can’t measure,” said Bonnie J. Knutson, Ph.D., one of the study’s researchers and professor at The School of Hospitality Business in the Broad College of Business.MSU. “Now businesses will have the measurement tools to identify their strengths and weaknesses in order to manage their customers’ buying experience and help increase sales.”
The seven dimensions of the consumer’s buying experience identified in the study are:
The study came about as the result of collaboration between the researchers at MSU and the Publicom management team. Expounding on arguments from Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore’s bestseller The Experience Economy, the collaborators were intrigued by the authors’ indications of movement out of the service economy toward what they called the experience economy. In summer 2005, the researchers at MSU and Publicom took the first step to identify and measure the components of an experience.
“Although indicators pointed in the ‘experience’ direction,“ said Jeffrey A. Beck, Ph.D., one of the study’s researchers and Assistant Professor at The School of Hospitality Business MSU, “an experience, while a distinct economic offering, had gone largely unrecognized, unstudied and unmeasured. Our study is significant because it’s the first step in identifying and measuring the underlying dimensions that are important in a customer experience.”
Publicom Inc. is a services marketing consultancy specializing in brand development and on-brand behavior for service companies.
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