For the last twenty-five years customer experiences have been considered to be a key concept in marketing management, consumer behaviour, services marketing and retailing with the result that the underlying logic and managerial rationale for experience marketing is well established in the marketing literature. However, the gulf between academics and practitioners on this topic is now as wide as ever with bestselling titles on experience marketing written by and for practitioners, which are rich in examples and step-by-step guides to managerial success yet pay scant attention to the contributions of academics in this area. The purpose of this paper is to review and reassess the extant work on experience marketing. Service-Dominant logic is employed to bridge the divide between theory and practice in this respect. A model of customer’s experience proposed, implications for practitioners and academics are discussed and greater dialogue is called for between marketers and their academic counterparts.
This paper reviews and reassesses the extant work on experience marketing.