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Retaining customers through Islamic relationship marketing practice: findings from Malaysian takaful industry

Che Mohd Salleh, Marhanum (2014) Retaining customers through Islamic relationship marketing practice: findings from Malaysian takaful industry. In: 2nd Asean International Conference on Islamic Finance, 12th-14th November 2014, Yogyakarta.

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Abstract

In recent times, the ability to maintain good and quality relationships with customers has become a competitive advantage for a company. In this context, a few marketing scholars have suggested that retaining customers is much more profitable than acquiring new ones. Parallel with the objective of Relationship Marketing (RM) which is to minimize the lost of profitable customers by ensuring future customer retention, this research is conducted to introduce a new concept of Islamic Relationship Marketing (IRM) and investigate its influence towards future customer retention. By selecting 755 customers of Malaysian Takaful industry and utilising stuctural equation modelling as statistical method to achieve the research objective, it is found that customers in this industry intend to remain with the same Takaful operator and agent for long term period given that they practice the Islamic ethical behaviour and build strong relational bonds (social, structural, and financial bonds) with the customers. Besides that, the application of social exchange theory in the research framework have been proven in this research whereby the practice of Islamic relationship marketing in the Takaful industry would give positive affect towards future customer retention. Overall, the results of this research would urge Takaful operators and agents to be more concerned with the marketing approach that they utilise which basically must parallel with the maqasid Shari’ah as to ensure future customer retention. These factors are also important in helping Takaful to remain competitive in the market for the long term. Key words: Customer Retention, Islamic Relationship Marketing, Takaful industry, Takaful Customer, Structural Equation Modeling

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 7080/40214
Uncontrolled Keywords: Customer Retention, Islamic Relationship Marketing, Takaful industry, Takaful Customer, Structural Equation Modeling
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Finance
Depositing User: Dr. Marhanum Che Mohd Salleh
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2014 16:01
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 13:56
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/40214

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