Helping Bank Customers Switch: A Case Study

Journal of Financial Services Marketing, 2007

Posted: 22 Jun 2007

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Claire D. Matthews

Massey University - School of Economics and Finance

David Murray

Massey University - School of Economics and Finance

Abstract

Despite a reasonable level of competition in the New Zealand banking market, there is a relatively low rate of customers switching between banks. A common reason cited for the low churn rate is the costs associated with switching between financial institutions, including simply the difficulties associated with the physical transfer of existing banking arrangements. One non-bank financial institution, PSIS, introduced a pilot scheme to make it easier for existing customers of other financial institutions to move their banking facilities to PSIS. The pilot sought to understand the extent to which the switching costs associated with changing financial institutions could be reduced, and the impact that had on customers' switching behaviour. The results of this pilot scheme did not meet the organisation's expectations, and as a result, was not extended beyond the pilot period or the pilot participants. This paper provides a review of the pilot scheme, and attempts to identify the issues that contributed to the lack of success. The key findings were that there was no real demand from customers for the type of service offered, and that the time and effort involved on the part of the financial institution were greater than expected, making it undesirable to continue.

Keywords: Switching, case study, New Zealand, banking

JEL Classification: G21, D91

Suggested Citation

Matthews, Claire D. and Murray, David, Helping Bank Customers Switch: A Case Study. Journal of Financial Services Marketing, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=994707

Claire D. Matthews (Contact Author)

Massey University - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North, 30974
New Zealand

David Murray

Massey University - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North, 30974
New Zealand

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