Customer Perception about Loyalty Programs in Agricultural Market: a case study

Thelma Valéria Rocha, Geraldo Luciano Toledo, Luciana Florêncio de Almeida


This study discusses the use of loyalty programs and customer perception in agricultural market. The theoretical review includes relationship marketing, its objectives, dimensions and instruments, and loyalty programs. The method for the empirical part consisted on qualitative research, through a case study conducted at one of the largest crop protection chemical companies in Brazil. The case is representative once this company was pioneer in its segment in adopting the customer relationship management (CRM) approach to their clients. It has been a consensus that customer relationship is a tool to amplify the customer share. This is so, due the increasing competition generated by the entrance of generic products and the retaliation actions adopted by the multinational groups. The case study includes a market overview, a description of the company, its loyalty program, the image of the program from the customer’s perspective, and the main results acquired with the CRM program. The study also presents some recommendations for companies that are pursuing strategies to increase their customer share through loyalty programs.

Key-words: Loyalty programs. Relationship marketing. Customer perception.


Loyalty programs. Relationship marketing. Customer perception.


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