Does Membership in a Nominal Online Group Affect Long-Term Customer Behaviors? Results from a Naturalistic Field Experiment on Kiva.org

Singh, S S and Dholakia, U M and Borle, S (2015) Does Membership in a Nominal Online Group Affect Long-Term Customer Behaviors? Results from a Naturalistic Field Experiment on Kiva.org. Working Paper. SSRN. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In this exploratory investigation, we examine changes associated with joining a nominal online group on longer-term behavior of lenders on the leading peer-to-peer microcredit site Kiva.org. Using a random sample of 5,000 Kiva lenders and exploiting a naturalistic field experimental manipulation (the introduction of the “lending teams” feature on Kiva), we analyzed the relationship of group membership with lending behaviors over a two year period. Our results reveal that lending team membership is positively associated with both the number of loans granted and the amount of money loaned whereas non-membership is associated with drop-offs in both behavioral measures. These results suggest that providing customers with the opportunity to join nominal online groups based on their existing affiliations (such as their alma mater, favorite sports team, nationality, etc.) may offer marketers with a relatively inexpensive, low-maintenance, and effective method of strengthening relationships with customers.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online community, financial decision making, minimal groups, microfinance, lending decisions, MCMC, Hierarchical Bayes
Subjects: Marketing
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2019 11:51
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2019 11:51
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/895
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2555787
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