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|Title:||Agricultural financial market segments|
|Author(s):||Maud Roucan-Kane, (Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA), Corinne Alexander, (Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA), Michael D. Boehlje, (Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA), Scott W. Downey, (Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA), Allan W. Gray, (Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA)|
|Citation:||Maud Roucan-Kane, Corinne Alexander, Michael D. Boehlje, Scott W. Downey, Allan W. Gray, (2010) "Agricultural financial market segments", Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 70 Iss: 2, pp.231 - 244|
|Keywords:||Agriculture, Financial services, Services marketing, United States of America|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/00021461011065265 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – For agricultural bankers, agribusiness managers, and salespeople, understanding customers and their preferences and behaviors is crucial to success. The two goals of this paper are first to identify today's distinct market segments for financial products for US crop and livestock commercial producers, and second to predict segment membership based on observable characteristics.
Design/methodology/approach – Cluster analysis was used to identify four distinct buyer segments for the purchase of financial products and services by US crop and livestock commercial producers. A multinomial logit model was used to predict segment membership based on demographic, behavioral, and business management factors.
Findings – Although, traditionally, the financial services industry has segmented the market for commercial producers based primarily on sales/size categories; this research shows that this factor is not a significant predictor of behavior. Instead, this paper proposes a segmentation based on buying behaviors and identify four distinct market segments for financial products and services for US crop and livestock commercial producers: balance, price, convenience, and service. The balance segment being by far the largest segment.
Research limitations/implications – Although the sample size means is representative of the US ag population, it may or may not be representative of the customers of a regional lender. Readers who are lenders are therefore advised to apply this methodology to their customer database and use the results of the paper as a quality check or benchmarking exercise. The findings also raise a number of issues, which require further research, such as how to implement a targeted marketing plan when there is one dominant segment and two other distinct segments.
Practical implications – Lenders need to reconsider their market segmentation methodology.
Originality/value – While there has been some research on market segments for retail financial markets, apparently there has been no work on market segments for agricultural financial products. This study exploits a unique dataset of 2,575 responses to Purdue's Large Commercial Producer Survey and the 2008 survey is the first time the survey included a series of detailed questions on how producers choose a financial service provider. This paper's findings will benefit agricultural bankers and agribusinesses that offer financing to their customers.
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