by Groupe Renault - Corporate

C@RE program: a new approach to the customer experience

Renault wants to revolutionize the customer relationship by rethinking the whole customer experience. The idea is to offer customers a seamless experience from the Internet to the physical retail network, by linking the online research, purchase and after-sales service phases.

Customers should be able to move from one phase to another without losing track, losing information or losing contact. 

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 To fulfill that need, Renault has developed a multichannel customer experience program, still rare in the automotive sector. Named C@RE, the program will offer customers:

  • Easy-to-access information about the brand and products online, on Renault websites and social networks,
  • A richer, interactive, innovative customer experience at Renault Store dealerships, where the quality of the relationship with the sales assistant is a priority,
  • Loyalty offers tailored to their profiles and vehicles. Customers will be able to track their orders, book test drives, schedule a service for their vehicle, and receive bonus offers on MY Renault.Com.

The result of research conducted in five countries

The program and its strategy were developed in response to research conducted by Renault in March and April 2011 in five countries – France, Belgium, Italy, Russia and Brazil. To find out more about consumers’ car-buying expectations and behavior, a 70-question survey was put to more than 7,000 people.

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The main conclusion of the survey was that the widespread use of digital media in all areas of life – social networks, forums and the world wide web – means that carmakers will have to radically change the way they do business. On every continent and regardless of the type of national economy, there is no longer a clear line between the virtual and the real worlds.

Today’s customers are highly informed and have very different expectations. Customers demand increasingly high standards, often based on their experience with other retail sectors. Therefore Renault needs to set up a smooth, continuous link for customers between virtual reality and the physical retail network, which adds value to every stage of customer experience.

The Renault program designed to satisfy these new expectations is called C@RE (Customer Approved Renault Experience) internally. C@RE incorporates the three key moments in the purchase experience: conquest, conversion, loyalty.

A gradual roll-out

The C@RE program consists of 40 projects. The most visible projects for customers include the 3D configurator, the My Renault customer personal space portal, the Renault Stores, behavioral training for technicians and sales staff, the Customer Promise, touch tablets for customers and front-office staff, Pit Stop Servicing, and the after-sales tablet for the service advisor.

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In 2012, some of the projects from the program were trialed in seven pilot countries (Algeria, Italy, Brazil, Belgium, France, China, and Russia). In 2013, the program went into implementation. By 2016, 30 countries will have implemented C@RE, which will cover 4,000 dealerships, 80% of the worldwide network. Credits: Olivier Martin Gambier

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