Bank Marketing

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I. Introduction Within our society, financial institutions are becoming more abundant. Along with this present growth, the field of marketing financial services has also grown in size and scope with new entrants everyday. The relatively stable banking environment is being altered with innovation, opportunism, and government intervention. This era, marked by the government 's luminous hand of deregulation (defined as the act of removing regulations or restrictions from a specific entity), has expanded consumer options to the extent that commercial banking must now become an aggressively competing member of the financial services industry. In this new era, important marketing areas such as regulation, environment, product,…show more content…
In making decisions concerning a bank 's strategy, the institution must take into account several initial areas that may formulate a restraint in implementation. They are the economic and cultural environment, the competitive banking atmosphere (extremely competitive), the marketing strategy to be implemented, and the pricing/promotion that goes into the marketing function. (McMahon, 1986). III. Environment The foundation of a successful bank marketing scheme lies with a strong understanding of the environment in which the institution is located. The most important environmental variables are those operating outside the bank, known as the external environment and those within the organization, known as the internal environment. (McMahon, 1986). The external environment includes components such as legislation, prime rate, competition in the market, local business practices, and technology. Most importantly, the external environment must look and examine the effect of the national and regional economy as it pertains to the marketing situation. First, bank managers need to examine certain forms of legislation, such as the government 's present deregulation process. (Hodges and Tillman, 1968). Due to stiff pressure from customers and the business community alike, bank regulators, federal and state, are releasing their tight grip over the previously controlled industry. The government 's lasses-faire approach to the situation has enabled states to

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