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A relationship marketing perspective on delight, its antecedents and outcomes in a banking context

Tendai Douglas Svotwa (Department of Graduate Studies and Research, Botho University, Gaborone, Botswana)
Charles Makanyeza (Namibia Business School, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia)
Mornay Roberts-Lombard (Department of Marketing, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Olumide Olasimbo Jaiyeoba (Department of Graduate Studies and Research, Botho University, Gaborone, Botswana)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Article publication date: 20 February 2023

Issue publication date: 30 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore the influence of surprise and delight on the loyalty intentions of retail banking customers in an emerging market context. This study also considers the moderating effect of trust on these relationships.

Design/methodology/approach

Using convenience and purposive sampling methods, data collection was secured from 350 customers in the retail banking industry who are delighted with their banks.

Findings

This study found that for delightful experiences to occur, customers need to be surprised and see value in the product/service offered by the retail bank, coupled with the expertise of employees in delivering the service.

Research limitations/implications

The sample’s demographic profile was mostly skewed towards the younger generation (individuals 20–39 years of ages), meaning the results could be biased towards this group.

Practical implications

Retail banks need to create delightful experiences, as they are more memorable and leave a permanent mark in customers’ minds.

Originality/value

Limited studies have explored the relationship between delight, its antecedents and outcomes in a developing African market context, such as Botswana, hence the contribution of this study to literature.

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Citation

Svotwa, T.D., Makanyeza, C., Roberts-Lombard, M. and Jaiyeoba, O.O. (2023), "A relationship marketing perspective on delight, its antecedents and outcomes in a banking context", European Business Review, Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 306-336. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBR-09-2022-0170

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