Marcelo Custódio De Oliveira
Doctorate – Application of customer experience: a study with focus on the automotive sector of Brazil
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Marcos Cortez Campomar
Comission: Profs. Drs. Marcelo Chiavone Pontes, Roberto Costa and Geraldo Luciano Toledo
Class: 217, FEA-5
This study presents and discusses the concept of customer experience and its applicability as a strategy of marketing in companies of the automotive sector in Brazil. It can be seen that the conceptual limitations refer to partial treatments of customer experience, sometimes focusing on the vision of the client, sometimes focusing on the vision of the brand. These partial conceptual treatments of customer experience are also reflected in the main published conceptual models, models that often seek to represent the reality of the market. In recent years, the automotive sector, influenced by a new consumer profile, more demanding and less interested in vehicle ownership and changes in the customer's journey, due to the digitization of the channels, have been seeking alternatives to retain the customer through the development of strategies of customer experience. Thus, based on limitations found, this study raises the main concepts and models of published customer experience and confronts them with the application of this tool in major brands that commercialize vehicles in Brazil, through their sale or rent. Based on the data collected and the intersection with theory and theoretical models, two important findings derive from this study: the definition of a new concept of customer experience, more comprehensive, respecting either the vision of the client and the brands and the discovery of a group of fifteen elements used in customer experience, interpreted from the theoretical models analyzed that are confronted with the practical application in the companies of the automotive sector researched, demonstrating a vast and comprehensive application of customer experience in the sector. Thus, this study evaluates the application of customer experience in the Brazilian automotive sector, deepens the conceptual development of the theme and guides its practical application for managers and marketers.
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