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Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-2752

Online from: 1998

Subject Area: Marketing

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Using netnography research method to reveal the underlying dimensions of the customer/tourist experience

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Title:Using netnography research method to reveal the underlying dimensions of the customer/tourist experience
Author(s):Ahmed Rageh, (Marketing Department, College of Business (COB), School of Business Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia), T.C. Melewar, (Brunel Business School, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK), Arch Woodside, (Marketing Department, Carroll School of Management, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA)
Citation:Ahmed Rageh, T.C. Melewar, Arch Woodside, (2013) "Using netnography research method to reveal the underlying dimensions of the customer/tourist experience", Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, Vol. 16 Iss: 2, pp.126 - 149
Keywords:Customer experience, Egypt, Experiential brands, Netnography, Tourism industry, Tourism management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13522751311317558 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The interest in customer experience has increased at a phenomenal rate. However, research to capture the true meaning of the concept is limited. Therefore, this study aims to address the question of what are the underlying dimensions that constitute the construct of customer experience.

Design/methodology/approach – The netnography method is utilized to validate a priori concepts that have been identified in the literature within the tourist industry in Egypt.

Findings – The results identified eight dimensions; comfort, educational, hedonic, novelty, recognition, relational, safety and beauty, which are consistent with major studies on experience.

Research limitations/implications – The focus of the study was on customer reviews that were written in English and posted online. Therefore, care should be taken when interpreting these findings.

Practical implications – This study attempted to gain a meaningful degree of understanding of customer experience construct. The results suggest a number of implications for service, marketing and brand managers. The knowledge of customer experience and the challenge of creating great customer experience are of utmost importance. Many marketers acknowledge the importance of customer experience, but they have very little knowledge of what the components are of customer experience.

Originality/value – Netnography has not been widely used as a marketing research technique.

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