Impact of Strategic Relationship Marketing on the Performance of Banks in Nigeria

Kolapo, Funso. T., Ajayi, Omobola. M., Mokuolu, Joseph. O., Dada, Samuel. O


The increasing patronage of non-bank institutions by customers exerts marketing pressure on the Nigerian commercial banks. Existing studies have not adequately addressed the gap created by this paradigm shift, hence the call for business philosophy that focuses on strategic relationship marketing (SRM) approach with the customers. Therefore, this study examines the influence of the SRM dimensions on customer retention of banks in Nigeria. The sample comprised 1500 commercial bank customers and marketing officers from 300 bank branches in Nigeria. Structured questionnaires were administered for data collection. Hierarchical regression model was fitted to the data collected. The findings revealed that strategic relationship marketing dimensions could lead to increased customer retention with adequate implementation of relationship acquisition strategy, and retention strategy. Further, inclusion of banking industry alignment strategy would make the banks to benefit maximally through customer linkage and also cause an optimal compensation or remedial system. The findings stressed the need for relationship acquisition, relationship maintenance and retention strategy as the strategic marketing tool to enhance customer retention of the banks.

Keywords: strategic relationship, marketing, customer retention, banking industry alignment, banks

DOI: 10.7176/JMCR/74-03

Publication date: December 31st 2020


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