The Relative Influence of Economic and Relational Direct Marketing Communications on Buying Behavior in B2B Markets

Kim, K H and Kumar, V (2017) The Relative Influence of Economic and Relational Direct Marketing Communications on Buying Behavior in B2B Markets. Journal of Marketing Research.

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Abstract

Business-to-Business (B2B) firms spend significant resources in direct marketing to manage close relationships with their customers. Nevertheless, there is limited understanding of how the effectiveness of direct marketing communications varies by value propositions. Typically, direct marketing efforts are geared towards explicitly featuring economic or relational values. To implement an effective communication strategy catering to customers' preferences, firms should understand how customers consistently evaluate these organizational marketing communications, which ultimately affect their buying behaviors. Therefore, we analyze marketing messages and employ content analysis to capture the two distinct types of direct marketing communications. Using data from a Fortune 500 B2B service firm and a robust econometric model, we find that the (i) effects of economic and relational marketing communication on customer purchase behaviors interplay and vary over time, (ii) latent stock of direct marketing communication affects customer purchase behaviors, and (iii) evolution of customers' perceived importance can be recovered using transaction data. Overall, we provide a marketing resource reallocation strategy that enables marketers to customize marketing communications and improve a firm's financial performance.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Kumar, VUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: B2B, Marketing Strategy, Direct Marketing Communication, State Space Model, Customer Relationship Management
Subjects: Business and Management
Marketing
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2017 14:20
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 14:20
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/530
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1509/jmr.16.0283
Publisher OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0022-2437/
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