Innovative technologies in branded-service encounters: How robot characteristics affect brand trust and experience

Markus Blut, Nancy V. Wünderlich, Christian Brock

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Abstract

Social robots are increasingly employed in service contexts such as healthcare, entertainment, and accommodation. Firms invest in social robots to improve their brand perception. Branding effects of social robots have received little attention in the literature. The present study addresses this issue and clarifies whether (1) social robots influence customers' brand perceptions and (2) these effects are service-context dependent. We develop a video experiment testing 16 different social robots in four service contexts (e.g. people-processing services). The survey results from 530 study participants indicate that the robot characteristics anthropomorphism, likability, and perceived intelligence display strong effects on brand trust and brand experience. We also find that brand effects depend on the service context, being more likely for people and mental services than possession and information services. We provide guidance regarding which services benefit from employing social robots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems 2018, ICIS 2018
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683173
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018
Event39th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2018 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 13 Dec 201816 Dec 2018

Conference

Conference39th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2018
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period13/12/1816/12/18

Keywords

  • Brand experience
  • Service encounter
  • Social robots

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