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Benchmarking buyer behavior towards new brands


  • Giang Trinh

    () (The University of South Australia)

  • Jenni Romaniuk

    () (The University of South Australia)

  • Arry Tanusondjaja

    () (The University of South Australia)


Abstract New brand launches are risky endeavors for marketers, as many fail to attract a sustainable customer base. This research examines the buying behavior of customers acquired by a new brand and revisits the theoretical norms of the NBD-Dirichlet model benchmarks. Investigating 40 new brand launches in the UK, across a wide range of brand and category conditions, we find that in the first 12 months, new launches have more, but less loyal buyers than expected from NBD-Dirichlet benchmarks, irrespective of type, price point, or the sales gained by the new launch. Further we find exploratory evidence that new buyers of brands have weaker associations than existing buyers. We propose that the combination of the new experience that lacks distinctiveness in encoding means that the experience of buying the new brand creates weaker memory traces in new buyers and that these buyers need additional marketing reinforcement to consolidate the memory of buying the brand to establish the brand in their ongoing repertoire.

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  • Giang Trinh & Jenni Romaniuk & Arry Tanusondjaja, 2016. "Benchmarking buyer behavior towards new brands," Marketing Letters, Springer, vol. 27(4), pages 743-752, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:mktlet:v:27:y:2016:i:4:d:10.1007_s11002-015-9376-8
    DOI: 10.1007/s11002-015-9376-8

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