TITLE

Delight by Design: The Role of Hedonic Versus Utilitarian Benefits

AUTHOR(S)
Chitturi, Ravindra; Raghunathan, Rajagopal; Mahajan, Vijay
PUB. DATE
May 2008
SOURCE
Journal of Marketing;May2008, Vol. 72 Issue 3, p48
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
What is the relationship between product design benefits (hedonic versus utilitarian) and the postconsumption feelings of customer delight and satisfaction? The primary insights this research provides are as follows: (1) Products that meet or exceed customers' utilitarian needs and fulfill prevention goals enhance customer satisfaction (e.g., a car with antilock brakes and vehicle stability assist), and (2) products that meet or exceed customers' hedonic wants and fulfill promotion goals enhance customer delight (e.g., a car with panoramic sunroof and six-speaker audio system). Furthermore, the research finds that the primary antecedent feelings of satisfaction are the prevention emotions of confidence and security provided by utilitarian benefits, whereas the primary antecedent feelings of delight are the promotion emotions of cheerfulness and excitement provided by hedonic benefits. Finally, the results show that delighting customers improves customer loyalty, as measured by word of mouth and repurchase intentions, more than merely satisfying them. The authors discuss the theoretical contribution and strategic insights the research provides for product designers and marketers.
ACCESSION #
31636086

 

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