Given the trend of every aspects of economic activities globally and particularly Nigeria, it is imperative for business entities to adopt measures that should strategically reposition them so as to remain afloat. With much increase in the level of customer awareness in response to their needs and wants or satisfaction, firms should also discuss their old marketing strategies that are not result-oriented. They should acknowledge the paradigm shift from old marketing concept to the new marketing concept, which is a customer driven, technology-driven era in modern marketing management (Johnson, 1990:48).
One of the industries which have gradually started repositioning its operation to suit customer’s needs and wants is the banking industry Nigerian banking system is characterized by internal and external competition. The upsurge of new banks created room for innovation and further market sharing. A proxy to determine the extent of competition is the intensity of advertising by banks in recent times. The system has witness sophistication in the style and designing of new financial products (Anyafo, 1999:137) concluding the charting of the prospects of the banking industry in Nigeria for the 1980s and beyond (Vincent, 1980:19) envisaged that the service demanded of the banking industry will ground more sophisticated in response to change in the nature of the business they are called upon to finance and as their customers become more knowledgeable and discriminating.
A few years ago, bank did not see the need for providing adequate service and encouraging patronage. It is a common knowledge that the Nigerian banking system has over the nineteen-decade and part of 20th century been experiencing a crisis of confidence a situation in which customers doubt the integrity of the banking system in delivering the financial intermediation services under such circumstances has strategic marketing any role towards the restoration of mutual confidence between the operators in the banking system and the customer public and shareholder publics.
The issue is that a financial system thrives on public confidence and the erosion of that confidence result to disintermediation thereby undermining the ability of the financial system to perform its essential role of savings mobilization. The nature of banking service is that, bank have to build up an image of respectability, capability and reliability through satisfying their customers.
Today, with the increase in the level of awareness of Nigerians towards banking operations banking institution face unusual challenges. The challenges are becoming stronger and tougher at the water of the present millennium. In the light of the above and more, a bank has to engage in marketing activities if it is to gain a fair share of the market. Through marketing its service, the constantly informs and reminds its customer about itself in order to build a friendly corporate.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
Banks are custodians of the customers’ wealth. They provide financial service; they provide peace of mind to the customer. As a result of this, banks marketing plans should ensure that the customer is well informed of its plans, problems and its solution to such problems. Marketing activities especially strategic marketing, therefore should almost be the main pre-occupation of any bank. The main problems confronting some banks were as follows:
The implementation of strategic marketing strategies.
The choice of selecting the best strategic marketing strategies by
The adoption of the best strategic marketing principles.
The questions then are:
Do banks use more of strategic marketing strategies in achieving financial intermediation objectives?
Which of the strategic marketing strategies do banks employ most in building sustaining customers confidence in the banking industry?
Has the banks adoption of strategic marketing principles tools increased customer patronage?
Does adoption of strategic marketing principles help in building a favourable corporate image of banks?
OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The objectives of the study include:
To determine whether the use of strategic marketing strategies enable banks to achieve financial intermediation objective.
To find out the strategic marketing tools banks use most in
building/sustaining customer confidence in the banking industry.
To, also ascertain whether banks adoption of strategic marketing tools has increased customer patronage.
And, to find and if the adoption of strategic marketing principles builds a favourable corporate image of banks.
And, finally to make appropriate recommendation based on
The following have been put forward for testing
H0: The use of strategic marketing strategies does not
enable banks achieve their financial intermediation.
H1: The use of strategic marketing strategies enables banks achieve their Financial intermediation objectives.
H0: Banks that adopt marketing public relative tools are not
likely to build/sustain customer’s confidence in the banking industry.
H1: Banks who adopt marketing public relative tools in their operation are likely to build/sustain customers confidence in the banking industry.
H0: Banks adoption of strategic marketing principles does not
increase customer’s patronage.
H1: Banks adoptions of strategic marketing principles increase customers’ patronage.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The era of set down and wait for customer or arm chair kind of banking has been over taken by challenges in the industry. A bank with the state-of-the-art technologies and service may still not make such heavy profits if it does not engage in proper marketing of its products cum services.
Therefore, the study is significant as it will benefit banks, customers and other financial publics in the following ways: Banks through the findings of the study may be able to build more confidence on customers. They also know more ways of performing financial intermediation roles or objective. Customers will also benefit through the findings of the study as banks will now reposition themselves as reliable and responsive organization to do business with. The other financial publics will be able to fish out indices for the evaluation of the banks performances or corporate failures.
SCOPE OF STUDY
The scope of the study in within the confines of strategic marketing and its effects in the banking industry. Three banks are used as case study namely All States Trust Bank Limited (ASTB). Afri Bank Plc and Citizens International Banks Plc. They are sampled from Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
This study has been limited by a numbered factor which is as follows:-
Time: Time is a hunting factor as the students are given limited
period to complete and submit his project Finance: It is another major problem, as the researcher has to travel to various places in search of materials it sudden rise in the transport fare in the country.
Problem of Data Collection: Some people find it difficult to release one data needed by the researcher, although some of them cooperated to a great extent.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
In order to make work a bit clearer, certain terms will be defined:
BANK: Any person who carries on banking business and includes a commercial bank, a mortgage bank acceptance house a discount house, a discount house and other financial institutions.
MARKETING: The sensing and serving of customers needs through an exchange relationship aimed at creating value in from of profit; and satisfaction to the consumers.
STRATEGY: This is a technique developed to gain advantage over the competitor; it is a tactical plan for carrying out formulated policies, to achieve a set objective.
PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES: These are various promotional techniques used by marketers. They are called promo tools or elements of the promotion mix and include advertising, person selling, ales promotion and public relations.