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Dr. SHEETAL JAIN – “Luxury Industry Expert” – offers a highly enriching live session for ABS PGDM students!

Dr. SHEETAL JAIN, Founder & CEO, LUXE Analytics – known as the “Luxury Industry Expert” in India – offered a highly enriching session on the topic “Consumer Behavior on Luxury Brands” for PGDM students & aspirants of Asian Business School (ABS) on Wednesday, 17th February 2021 at 11:30 am under its “LEAD Corporate Lecture Series 2021”. As it progressed, the webinar turned out to be a highly resourceful session on the rare topic of ‘Luxury Brands’ for all PGDM students and aspirants with corporate dreams!

Founder & CEO, Luxe Analytics (a luxury market consulting firm based in New Delhi) – Dr. Sheetal Jain is a luxury market strategist, researcher and consumer behavior expert credited with conducting India’s first quantitative study on luxury consumer behavior. Her research work has been published across several international and national refereed research journals, books and other reputed publications. She has been widely covered across print, electronic and digital media as a thought leader in the luxury domain. She has also introduced luxury marketing programs across leading institutions in India. In addition, she has conducted luxury industry related market research studies, workshops and training programs for leading corporations and business schools. She holds a PhD in Luxury Consumer Behavior from Aligarh Muslim University, India and has done executive program on ‘Luxury Retail Management’ from ESSEC Business School, Singapore.

Today, Luxe Analytics is a specialized luxury market intelligence and strategic advisory firm focused on resolving growth and revenue related challenges of luxury brands. It helps luxury brands to make a deeper connection with their target customers and markets by a research driven strategic recommendation that combines luxury marketing and consumer behavior principles with technology, data and analytic driven approach. It importantly promises clear direction, sustainable growth and higher revenues.

A core initiative of Asian Education Group (AEG) – considered as the largest centre for professional media, IT, law, management, fashion & hospitality education in Asia with world-class facilities – this webinar was organized by Asian Business School (ABS) – which is a constituent group college of Asian Education Group and is ranked as one of the best B-schools in Delhi NCR – for all PGDM/MBA students & aspirants. Since this webinar was a closed session, students were required to register for the same. The webinar was followed by a lively Q&A Session with the illustrious guest.

This webinar session with the leading luxury industry expert, Dr. Sheetal Jain on Wednesday, 17th February 2021 commenced with the eminent guest thanking the ABS team for inviting her for this talk and said that she was “greatly honoured to be here to share her thoughts on the subject of her research.”

Coming down immediately to the topic of the day, she said that the subject of LUXURY was “a very interesting topic” and today there is “no sector where we do not see its relevance and ascendency.” Moving further, she shared her ideas and thoughts on the subject by way of an engrossing PPT presentation. She began by putting up a pertinent question to all participants that read “What does LUXURY mean in one word?” Several answers like “comfort”, “leisure”, “pleasure”, etc.  were provided by the enthusiastic students. Thereupon, Dr. Sheetal Jain ran a highly interesting video on the famous Italian brand Fendi titled “Fendi’s Fur Story” that showed in great detail how each of the brand’s famous fur coat were meticulously handcrafted into masterpieces that the world around admired and desired so much. With the help of this video, Dr. Jain provided the right definition of the word LUXURY by stating it as “a detailed piece of work in terms of material, precision and handcraftsmanship.” Here, she also cited the Oxford Dictionary which has traced the origin of the word to its Latin version of “LUXUS” that is said to connote “extravagance” and “overindulgence”. Quoting the international subject-matter experts, Prof. Jean-Noel Kapferer and Vincent Bastien, she further explained how the word was commercially conceptualized as “something that is selective in its distribution, is image driven … and most expensive.”

Opening further on to the topic of the webinar – viz., “Consumer Behavior on Luxury Brands” – the erudite speaker delved upon the most important question of “Why do people buy luxury brands?” Here, at first, she spoke at length about her own research study on the subject which happened to be the first such PhD in India. Quoting extensively from her research, Dr. Sheetal Jain concluded, “There are only two reasons why people buy luxury brands – (i) Personal reasons like hedonic self-fulfillment, which is intrinsic and (ii) Social reasons like conspicuous status value and susceptibility to normative influence, which is extrinsic.”

Dr. Sheetal Jain then briefly discussed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the way it has affected the consumer behavior on luxury brands. In her opinion, “The pandemic has drastically changed the consumer behavior on luxury products. Basically, there has been two key shifts in luxury consumer behavior – (i) From conspicuous to conscious consumption and (ii) From offline to online presence that has advanced the industry by at least 10 years.”

Subsequently, Dr. Sheetal Jain opened the session for questions from the ABS PGDM students & aspirants. A series of questions related to the core concept of ‘Luxury Brands’ as well as the exact ‘Consumer Behavior’ built around it were put up by the students to which the highly learned and distinguished speaker provided the most convincing answers.

As she approached the end of her talk, in her message for the ABS students, Dr. Sheetal Jain shared some wonderful words of advice and said, “Keep reading … Today the Readers; Tomorrow, the Leaders.”

Once done, Dr. Sheetal Jain was presented with a glittering “Memento” on behalf of Asian Education Group, which was profusely appreciated by the honourable guest.

With this, this highly enriching session with the “Luxury Industry Expert” – Dr. SHEETAL JAIN, Founder & CEO, LUXE Analytics – came to a fitting end!