1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The purpose of business as asserted by Peter Drucker is to create customers and provide them with two basic functions of marketing and innovation. In today’s intense competitive business environment, these words ring more bells. A well-designed marketing strategy can make all the difference between success and failure in the marketplace. While marketing is commonly associated with consumers and good companies such as Nokia Company, it would be myopic to restrict the relevance of marketing to such instances alone. Marketing ultimately is about understanding and shaping behavior (Amitav, 2012). Consequently, banks and other financial institutions, government, medical and non-profit organization from those that design and sell financial product to those that implement government policy (i.e. those saddle with reducing drunk driving) have all found out that a well thought out marketing strategy can be critical to the success or failure of business in the marketplace. It is almost undoubted that it has become more deeply and widely for global integration of economy and financial system, presently the international competence of the banks in Nigeria cannot keep up with the foreign banks. In market economy in which Nigeria economy can be related, analysis and evaluation of marketing performance is objective request of enterprise, investor and creditors. The process of evaluating and analyzing marketing performance can reveal the effect of an enterprise marketing strategies, judge its marketing efficiency, analyze the cause for its success or failure which is of great significance towards the improvement of enterprise management, enhancing the effectiveness of marketing decision making (Andy, 2012). Marketing is becoming increasingly necessary in today’s banking competitive environment, intensified rivalry from other financial institutions has caused the banks to think seriously about how they compete effectively and increased attention on marketing strategies and techniques.
The success of a bank depends upon the ability to satisfy customer`s financial needs. An effective use of marketing strategies is becoming recognized as a vital instrument to a successful banking operation. Traditionally, many service industry and companies executive are not oriented towards marketing and have been slow in adopting various marketing strategies and methods in their activities. The need for a marketing strategy in banks started because of intense competition, not only from other banks, but also from other financial companies, government loan scheme, credit unions, insurance companies, building society etc. Also this competition within and outside the banking sector had resulted into reforming strategies i.e. marketing strategies.
Baker (2008) simply defined marketing strategy as a process that can allow organization to concentrate it limited resources on the greatest opportunities to increase sales and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. A marketing strategy also refer to a strategy that integrate an organizational goal into a cohesive whole, ideally drawn from market research, it focus on the ideal product mix to achieve maximum profit potential (businessdictionary.com 2014). It serve as the fundamental underpinning of marketing plans designed to fill market needs and reach marketing objectives , commonly marketing strategies are developed as a multi-year plans with a tactical plan detailing specific actions to be perform in the current year, however the speed at which the environmental change increases shorten this time horizon (Daker, 2008). Marketing strategies involve a dynamic process i.e. It is partially planned or sometimes unplanned. Marketing strategies involve a careful scanning of the internal and external environment (Hausman, 2000). The internal environment factors to be scan include the marketing mix (4P`s) performance analysis and strategic constraint. External environmental factors include customer analysis, competitor analysis, target market analysis as well as evaluating the element of technological, economic, cultural, or political/legal environment that are likely to influence the organization success. Marketing strategy is often drawn from marketing research. A marketing research is a systematic gathering, recording and analysis of data about issue relating to marketing, product and services, the goal of marketing research is to assess how changing elements of the marketing mix impacts customers behavior.
An effective marketing strategies i.e. process of designing sound portfolio of business and product that is best for the company (i.e. deposit banks) usually help to determine the organization performance. The performance of deposit bank or any organization can be measure in terms of its effectiveness, efficiency, market share, liquidity and profitability; these tools are used by organization to determine the impact of marketing strategies on its performance. Organization performance is a major tool use to determine the success, growth capability of the organization, which in turn ensures survival of the organization. The key function of marketing strategy is often to keep marketing activities in line with the overarching mission statement (Baker, 2008).
After completing the scanning process, a strategic plan will be develop to identify business alternatives, establish challenging goal and determine the optimal mix to attain these goal. The marketing mix consist of the 4p`s of product price promotion and place and the additional 4p`s of physical evidence, process, people and planet (environment).
Effective marketing strategies involve the use of different strategy such as promotional strategy (e.g.advertising, personal selling, sales promotion, communication etc.), product strategy (branding and packaging, customer satisfaction, product design, specification, reliability, and after sales service), pricing strategy (discount, bonuse, skimming price etc.), distribution strategy, (channel of distribution, transportation location etc) megamarketing strategy (i.e the use of economic, psychological, political and public relation skills,) etc.. These tools are geared towards strategizing the organisation toward improve and enhanced performance.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
It has been observed that bank services are not necessarily provided to suit the needs of customers but to push services to the customers with the hope of profit. In the application of marketing strategy, there is absolute negligence of customer in the scheme of things, most of the problems encountered in service organization stems from inadequate knowledge of marketing methodology, application and at the same time qualification and staff attitude towards customer could be a factor in the slow development of marketing in banks.
Quality customer service also observed to be lacking in most banks as customers spend unnecessary time and hours waiting in the queue to be served or attend to, this sorry state can be seen in terms of a situation where a customer have to wait for about averagely of 1-2 hours before been attend to. The current competition in the banking sector due to the re-organization and the restructuring of the banking sector in Nigeria had also bring about the need to use marketing strategies for improving performance in terms of attracting customer to the organization and hence increase the market share. For instance, the apex bank (CBN, 2014) recently advice deposit banks to adopt an efficient and effective marketing strategy not for profit motive alone but for customers satisfaction, which hence can improve the service delivery in the banking sector.
Effective advertisement is also lacking in the contemporary deposit banking system which has also take a paramount and salient feature in determining the survival of bank among its competitors. Most of these banks failed to choose an effective medium of advertisement as one of the strategic marketing process to counter their competitors in the banking industry.
Similarly, the wrong application of marketing strategies on a certain segment of the market were such application require a careful use of the marketing mix had also been observed as one of the limiting factors against the achievement of an improve performance in the banking sector, for instance, the 4ps (Product, Place, Price and Promotion). Most deposit banks performance has been hindered because the failed to conspired and placed high importance to these concepts.
1.3 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
In line from the problem stated above, this research work is design to answer the following specific questions;
1. Is quality customer service of bank a major consideration in customer’s choice of deposit bank?
2. Does intensive advertising have significant impact on the deposit bank performance?
3. Does wrong application of market strategy affects deposit banks performance?
1.4 RESEARCH OBJECTIVES
Every research work is tailored to achieve certain objective, but for the purpose of this research, the following objectives are to be attained:
1. To determine if quality customer service of bank a major consideration in customer’s choice of deposit bank
2. To determine if intensive advertising have significant impact on the deposit bank performance
3. To determine how wrong application of market strategy affects deposit banks performance?
1.5 STATEMENT OF HYPOTHESES
Asika (1991) describe hypothesis simply as a tentative statement about relationship that exists between two (2) or more variables, a conjectural statement about relationship that needs to be tested and subsequently accepted. Below is the hypothesis that constitutes the bottom line of this research with regards to the study objective.
Ho: Quality customer service of a bank is not a major consideration in customer’s choice of deposit bank.
Ha: Quality customer service of a bank is a major consideration in customer’s choice of deposit bank.
Ho:Intensive advertising in deposit banks does not have significant impact on the deposit bank performance.
Ha: Intensive advertising in deposit banks have a significant impact on the deposit bank performance.
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
In Nigeria, deposit banks are very important because they are responsible in conjunction with the central bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the supply and redistribution of money in the economy.
This research work is of immense importance to marketing managers as it serve as a reference for them in terms of finding solution to most problems that hinder the development of banking service. The research is also of importrance to the staff of the bank (Guaranty Trust Bank) as it provide and empower them on how to improve their services rendered to customer and to market these services better.
The study is also important to the management of guarantee trust bank and other banks as it will give an insight into some of the problems that retard profitability, efficiency, and effectiveness which bring about low performance level.
Being an academic research, the study will be of great importance to the academic community as it will contribute to the existing knowledge in the area of marketing strategies, other researcher will also benefit from this research work as it will enhanced their knowledge , perception and understanding of marketing strategy concept. The research will also serve as a basis for further research into marketing variables that influence performance.
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