Keep On Running: progressing customer experience through digital platforms: a case study of Nike+
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Digital platforms have established new ways within marketing for consumers and brands to interact. This has called for a paradigm shift denoting a phenomenon of shifting consumer and company roles, creating opportunities for interaction and value creation. Nike – the worlds biggest sports apparel company – has succeeded in embracing these new conditions with their digital service application Nike+ and the related brand community. This case study of Nike+ sets out to investigate how these new structural conditions of digital platforms have affected the interactions between consumer and firm at the level of the brand. Ten semi- structured interviews with users of the Nike+ application were conducted together with a netnography of the Nike Running forum on Facebook. The data revealed how firms with the use of digital platforms, independent of locational boundaries, can form a synergy that allows for interaction and value creation for both brand and consumer. Consumers are given flexibility in the creation of brand experience, through the resources facilitated by the brand, hence having the opportunity to create and co-create useful value. From the process of this synergy brands are given a “second life” in the digitized sphere. A “second life” where consumer and brand process cooperate in order to influence each other’s processes as well as being a way to claim a central place in the everyday life of the consumer.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 102 p.
Co-creation, value, digital platforms, brand ecosystem, brand community, branding, digital marketing, Nike+
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113690OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-113690DiVA: diva2:787123
L'Espoir Decosta, Patrick
Thomas, Amos Owen, Docent