The impact of communication on customer relationship marketing among cellular service providers
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This article examines how communication is currently being employed in the cellular industry to improve service to customers in an attempt t o establish a long-term relationship with them. It does so by analyzing the communication process and the communication mix that cellular service providers utilize to engage with their customers. The primary goal of a business is sustained superior performance to ensure consistent growth. The cellular industry is no different. One method that can ensure this superior performance and differentiate a business from its competitors will always be the quality of its relationship with customers. Whilst research has been conducted on a general aspect of relationship marketing, there appears to be no significant study on how communication efforts can promote relationship marketing in the cellular industry. Hence this study investigates the extent to which communication impacts on relationship marketing and whether improved communication can result in sustainable long-term relationships. This was a quantitative cross sectional study where the survey method was employed using a simple random sample. The target population consisted of existing cellular phone users, both contract and prepaid. Structured Interviews were used to assist the researcher in The Impact of Communication on Customer Relationship Marketing obtaining information from an intended sample of 300 cellular phone users. At the end of six weeks, 251 responses were received reflecting an overall response rate of 83.7%. The findings indicate that the majority of cellular phone users were satisfied with the communication efforts of their service provider and that the communication tools used by the service providers were effective in promoting relationship marketing. Moreover, existing customers indicated that they would become advocates of their service provider, as they did not regret their choice of service provider particularly because service providers tailor make packages for their customers. In addition, customers indicated that they would like to be informed of long and medium term plans, new developments and any fundamental changes that are going to take place. If service providers are to maintain sustainable relationships, they need to conduct regular satisfaction surveys to get feedback from customers and monitor their attitudes towards them.