Allocation of Resources to Customer Satisfaction and Delight Based on Utilitarian and Hedonic Benefits
Journal of Research in Marketing, Vol. 2 (1), 106-112
7 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2014 Last revised: 11 Sep 2014
Date Written: 2014
In this article, a strategic typology is introduced to improve a firm’s return on investment (ROI) based on understanding whether to devote additional resources to improve customer satisfaction and increase delight. The framework is based on the recognition that customers seek two types of benefits — utilitarian and hedonic — from products and services. Companies need to determine when resources devoted to customer satisfaction and delight for a particular product or service will produce sufficient achievements in loyalty, word-of-mouth recommendations, and purchase behaviour. By understanding when firms need to focus on improving customer satisfaction and delight, firms can make judicious strategic decisions about their resource allocation to improve customer satisfaction and/or customer delight.
Keywords: Customer Management, Customer Satisfaction, Customer Delight; Benefit, Hedonic, Utilitarian
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