Take it or leave it: Using regulatory fit theory to understand reward redemption in channel reward

D.I. Keeling, A. Daryanto, J.C. de Ruyter, M.G.M. Wetzels

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Abstract

Channel Reward Programs (CRPs) facilitate relationship management within reseller networks in distribution channels, yet a persistent problem is that rewards are not seen as valuable, which can reduce program investment. By applying Regulatory Fit theory, to understand how to sustain goal orientation (promotion or prevention) and stimulate task engagement through a match with the manner of goal pursuit, this study demonstrates that the presentation style suppliers adopt influences resellers' perceptions of reward value and their rate of point redemption with respect to CRPs. Two field studies demonstrate the mechanisms driving this effect. First, fit effects result from the interaction between reward type and presentation format (i.e., verbal vs. numerical) and affect perceived reward values and investment decisions. Second, cognitive engagement and "feeling right" about reward redemption mediate the effects of fit on investment opportunity evaluations. In turn, the findings demonstrate that CRP efficacy can be enhanced by stimulating regulatory orientations that match the presentation formats of the reward and that the dual affective-cognitive processes affect probabilistic judgments of rewards. This additional mechanism can further stimulate resellers' engagement with and investment in CRPs within complex decision-making contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1345-1356
Number of pages12
JournalIndustrial Marketing Management
Volume42
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Keywords

  • Regulatory fit
  • Regulatory focus
  • Feeling right
  • Cognitive engagement
  • Loyalty programs
  • DECISION-MAKING
  • FOCUS THEORY
  • PREVENTION
  • PROMOTION
  • PERFORMANCE
  • LOYALTY
  • UNCERTAINTY
  • INFORMATION
  • PERSONALITY
  • PERSPECTIVE

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