Competitive Strategies and Customer Satisfaction in the Telecommunications Industry in Nigeria (Published)
Competition is a fact of life for most businesses. Companies strive to stay ahead of others. The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) sector in Nigeria became active in 2001 after the commencement of operations of network service providers as a result of the deregulation of the telecommunications industry which ushered in competition. The overall objective of the study was to ascertain the effect of competitive strategies on customer satisfaction in the mobile phone sector in Nigeria. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja was the study area. The population of the study consists of all GSM firms and their customers in Nigeria. However, the target population was 1,727,866 GSM customers in the FCT. A sample size of 400 GSM customers was determined using Taro Yamane’s formula. Regression and Pearson product correlation (r) was used to test the hypotheses facilitated by the statistical package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software. Findings reveal a significant positive relationship between competitive strategies and customer satisfaction. Based on these findings, the researchers recommend that GSM service providers should make efforts at crafting competitive strategies that are customer friendly to avail the desired satisfaction.
THE ROLE OF RELATIONSHIP MARKETING IN BUILDING CUSTOMERS’ LOYALTY- A CASE STUDY OF THE MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATION INDUSTRY IN SOUTHERN PUNJAB-PAKISTAN (Published)
The objective of this research paper is to assess the role of relationship marketing in winning customers’ loyalty in the mobile Phone industry in Pakistan. De-regularization of the telecommunication sector in Pakistan has created huge competition to capture the maximum market share. For this purpose, industry marketers and planners are exercising various relationship marketing strategies to attract new customers and retain the old ones. To analyze the role of relationship marketing in building customers’ loyalty, the author has selected four independent variables such as service quality, price perception, brand image and value offers while customer’s loyalty is taken as dependent variable. A structured questionnaire containing 24 closed ended questions was developed to collect data from the field. The data was analyzed through Likert- scale. This scale is defined with 5 options of strongly agree on 5 and strongly disagree on 1. In order to check the reliability of the variables, a reliability test was conducted on 20 respondents of different age groups with different occupations. The results of this test showed positive significant relationship among the variables. The results of this study are robust and consistent with previous studies. This study provides in-depth knowledge about mobile users and cellular companies operating in Pakistan can take benefit from it.The finding of this research study is expected to be beneficial for the managers of the mobile operators in their decisions relating to the relationship marketing issues that are connected with the needs of the customers. These needs and interests of the customers, in turn, can increase their revenue and profits in the long-run.