Loyalty program activity: make B2B customers buy more

Piotr Kwiatek, Marsela Thanasi-Boçe

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Abstract

Purpose: Loyalty programs (LPs) in a business-to-business (B2B) context have been under-researched when compared to consumer markets. The purpose of this paper is to investigate if and to what extent the loyalty program activity (LPA) based on recency, frequency and monetary framework reflects the effectiveness of a specific LP. Design/methodology/approach: Using the data obtained from 818 business customers enrolled in a LP, logistic regression models are run to find the impact of LPA on the company’s sales. Findings: The results suggest that in a linear LP, the frequency of rewards impacts sales the most, compared to recency and amount of points redeemed. The intensity of a LPA is influencing the expected sales in a company. Research limitations/implications: The current study is not focused on the redemption patterns and the value of the rewards offered in the program. Limitation of the study only to one country and in a single company does not allow to generalize presented findings. Practical implications: Companies should focus their efforts on defining the best level of frequency rewards in their LPs. Reward timing should be considered as a factor that influences the change in customer purchasing behavior more than the amount of points accumulated. Originality/value: The research provides empirical evidence to support the highest influence of frequency of rewards on sales, compared to recency and amount of points redeemed. This is one of the few LP studies conducted in the context of the B2B market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-554
Number of pages13
JournalMarketing Intelligence and Planning
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Customer activity
  • Loyalty programmes

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