This exploratory study examined how brand loyalty can be established in a non-Western market where Chinese customers are motivated to be loyal to a brand by cultural drivers, specifically guanxi (personal relationships) and mianzi (face). The brand loyalty of Chinese customers for financial products in Hong Kong and mainland China was investigated using a qualitative, grounded theory approach. Nine semi-structured, in- depth interviews were conducted with three expert interviewees. The results demonstrate that companies can cement client loyalty through using guanxi as an attitudinal trait to secure introductions in a buyer-seller relationship. Sellers strive to join a client’s guanxi network and then accumulate credit for offering good value and showing respect. They trade favours and later call in debts. This has been one of the first studies to use grounded theory to investigate the influence of key Chinese cultural attributes on brand loyalty to financial products*.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||ANZMAC 2014 : Annual Conference proceedings : Agents of change|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (2014): Agents of Change - Brisbane, Australia|
Duration: 1 Dec 2014 → 3 Dec 2014