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An Investigation into the Determinant of Customers’ Preferences and Satisfaction of Internet Banking (Empirical Study of Iranian Banking Industry)

Reza Gharoie Ahangar
 
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We have observed a considerable growth of internet based services from last many years. Managing service quality while using internet as a distribution channel, is the challenge for the service provider. In this study researcher Investigate the customers’ preferences and satisfaction with five various service quality dimensions which affect the customers’ satisfaction and indicates the relationship between the various demographic variables and satisfaction level of customers. The results of the analysis of the factors reveals that the five factors influenced on satisfaction level of customers are Responsiveness, Reliability, Efficiency and Privacy of Information and Easiness to use. Then the quality performance of all the five dimensions was shown to have a strong impact on customer satisfaction. Finally, some suggestions have been proposed to develop of Internet Banking in Iran.
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Reza Gharoie Ahangar , 2011. An Investigation into the Determinant of Customers’ Preferences and Satisfaction of Internet Banking (Empirical Study of Iranian Banking Industry). Journal of Applied Sciences, 11: 426-437.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2011.426.437

URL: http://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2011.426.437
 
Received: October 14, 2010; Accepted: December 08, 2010; Published: January 22, 2011

INTRODUCTION

For over a decade, information technologies have significantly affected the banking industry. Banks and other financial institutions have improved their functions as a financial intermediary through adopting various information technologies (Chang, 2002; Gourlay and Pentecost, 2002; Hannan and McDowell, 1984; Haynes and Thompson, 2000; VanHoose, 2003).

Generally, when the information technologies combine with functions of banks and financial institutions, it is called electronic banking. Electronic banking technologies have led banks and financial institutions to improve effectiveness of distribution channels through reducing the transaction cost and increasing the speed of service (Chang, 2002; VanHoose, 2003). Globalization of finance, integration, advances in information technologies and financial innovations in the last couple of decades have deeply changed banking business not only in Iran but in also other markets and forced the state authorities to deregulate national financial systems. Deregulation allowed banks to flourish their businesses and enter into new markets with new technologies involving both individual and institutional costumer interaction (DeYoung et al., 2004). In addition, developments of modern computer technology have also enabled banks to lessen the cost of bank transactions by having the client interact with an e-banking facility rather than with a human being. E-banking applications, which include Automated Teller Machine (ATM), telephone banking, mobile banking, digital television, debit and credit cards, internet banking, etc., became one of the main battlefields of the banking industry. For instance, Hanson and Kalyanam (2007) points out that e-banking grew rapidly, ATMs made costumer visits to a branch less necessary and then in the late 1990s the rapid growth in banking web sites made a wide range of services available from almost everywhere. Among various banking technologies, Internet banking which is the act of conducting financial intermediation on the Internet, is the latest banking technology and the most rapidly diffused banking technology in the Iran. Internet banking has advantages for banks to maintain competition, to save costs, to enhance mass customization, marketing and communication activities and to maintain and attract consumers (Daniel and Storey, 1997; Mols, 2000; Read, 1998; Sheshunoff, 2000; Tomkin and Baden-Fuller, 1998). The primary advantage of Internet banking is to save time and cost. Lee and Lee (2001) indicated that Internet banking allows consumers easier access to their bank accounts, lower service charges and time saving. Moreover, Chang (2002) showed that Internet banking had a low transaction cost and a high speed of service when compared to other banking services. For example, while the cost of transaction for money transfer was 95¢ for checking and 27¢ for ATM, while it was only 1¢ for Internet (Chang, 2002). Hence, internet is increasingly becoming a diverse global marketplace with global business opportunities for financial services delivery as well as challenges.

Financial sector is the spinal cord of sovereign economy of any country. Iran is no exception; the technology adaption in banking operations in Iran was a few decades behind that of in developed countries. In terms of international and global comparison, Internet usage in Iran is still in the infancy stage. Presently in Iran, an important function of e-commerce is the handling of payment Over the Internet. Most e-commerce involves the exchange of some form of money for goods and services. Implementation of payment system currently competes for dominant the results of research could help bank managers to make informed decisions, thereby providing better service to their customer and formulate more efficacious strategies to ensure rapid migration of customers to Internet Banking.

Customer satisfaction: Early concepts of satisfaction research have typically defined satisfaction as a post choice evaluative judgment concerning a specific purchase decision (Churchill and Surprenant, 1992; Oliver, 1980). Most researchers agree that satisfaction is an attitude or evaluation that is formed by the customer comparing their pre-purchase expectations of what they would receive from the product to their subjective perceptions of the performance they actually did receive (Oliver, 1980). Several authors have defined satisfaction in a different way. Satisfaction is a person’s feelings of pleasure or disappointment resulting from comparing a product’s perceived performance (or outcome) in relation to his or her expectations (Kotler, 2000) Customer satisfaction is a collective outcome of perception, evaluation and psychological reactions to the consumption experience with a product/service (Yi, 1990).

Satisfaction formation: In marketing literature (Churchill and Surprenant, 1992; Oliver, 1980) as well as in recent information system studies (McKinney et al., 2002), the disconfirmation theory emerges as the primary foundation for satisfaction models. According to this theory, satisfaction is determined by the discrepancy between perceived performance and cognitive standards such as expectation and desires. Oliver (1980) described the process by which satisfaction judgments are reached in the expectancy-disconfirmation framework. Buyers form expectations of the specific product or service before purchase and perceived quality level which is influenced by expectations (Khalifa and Liu, 2003). Customer expectation can be defined as customer’s pretrial beliefs about a product (McKinney et al., 2002). Expectations are viewed as predictions made by consumers about what is likely to happen during impending transaction or exchange (Zeithaml, 1988). Perceived performance is defined as customer’s perception of how product performance fulfills their needs, wants and desire (Cadotte et al.,1987). Perceived quality is the consumer’s judgment about an entity’s overall excellence or superiority (Zeithaml, 1988). Disconfirmation is defined as consumer subjective judgments resulting from comparing their expectations and their perceptions of performance received (Mckinney et al., 2002; Spreng et al., 1996). Ho and Wu (1999) identified five antecedents of customer satisfaction to be appropriate for online shopping on the Internet. These are logistical support, technical characteristics, information characteristics, home page presentation and product characteristics. Eastin (2002) presented the model that demonstrate the adoption of four ecommerce activities currently available to Internet users: (1) online shopping, (2) online banking, (3) online investingand (4) electronic payment for an Internet service (i.e., access to exclusive sites). Author also explained six attributes common to the model. These are-perceived convenience and financial benefits, risk, previous use of the telephone for a similar purpose, self efficacy and Internet use and all six attributes play a significant role in the adoption processes.

Online service quality: Oppewal and Vriens (2000) developed an application for measuring retail banking service quality, which consists of 28 attributes including four service quality dimensions such as: accessibility; competence; accuracy and friendliness; and tangibles. The accuracy and friendliness dimension turned out to be the most important factor out of four determining banking preference, followed by competence, tangiblesand accessibility. Kamilia and Nantel (2000) proposed an alternative measure of perceived service quality in retail banking that comprises 31 items with six underlying key dimensions. These dimensions are: Effectiveness and assurance, access, price, tangibles, service portfolio and reliability. Madu and Madhu (2002) proposed 15 dimensions of online service quality dimensions based on literature review: Performance, features, structure, aesthetics, reliability, storage capacity, serviceability, security and system integrity, trust, responsiveness, product/service differentiation and customization, web store policies, reputation, assurance and empathy. Wolfinbarger and Gilly (2003) have found four online retailing service quality dimensions through focus group interviews and an online survey. These are web site design, reliabilityand privacy/security and customer service. They found that reliability and fulfillment is the strongest predictor of customer satisfaction.

Internet banking: Berger (2007) argued that a sound understanding of client is required for improvement of e-banking. Thus, all relevant information about the clients should be taken into account and a client-centric strategy should be developed by Confirming Berger (2007). Electronic banking research has attracted much attention from marketing researchers about client perception (Maenpa et al., 2008), client attitudes (Liao and Cheung, 2002; Mols, 1998), client satisfaction (Gonzalez et al., 2004) service quality Bauer et al. (2005) but it attracts relatively less attention from the finance and banking researchers about the economic consequences of e-banking. One of the papers that examine the economic outcome of e-banking is that of Parker and Parker (2008) who investigated the money velocity in Finland following wide spreading of e-banking in Finland. Their results interestingly show that money velocity has decreased despite the expectations. Durukan (2003) evaluated the impact of internet banking on the performance of Turkish commercial banks. Adoption, perception and usage of internet banking by consumers is one of the topics heavily examined in e-banking literature. Centeno (2004) argued that speed, the convenience of remote access, 7/24 availability and price incentives are the main motivation factors for the consumers to use internet banking. Durkin et al. (2008) noted that the simplicity of the products offered via internet banking facilitates the adoption of internet banking by consumers. Calisir and Gumussoy (2008) compared the consumer perception of internet banking and other banking channels and report that internet banking, ATM and phone banking substitute each other. Maenpaa et al. (2008) examined the consumer perceptions of internet banking in Finland and their findings indicate that familiarity has a moderating role in the perception. Guerrero et al. (2007) examined the usage of internet banking by Europeans and their results indicate that ownership of diverse financial products and services, attitude towards finances and trust in the internet as a banking channel influence clients’ usage of internet banking. Sohail and Shanmugham (2003) documented accessibility of internet, awareness of e-banking and resistance to change are found to be influencing Malaysian’s use of internet banking. Another factor that promotes clients usage of internet banking is seller support (Nilsson, 2007). While the adoption of e-banking by clients is heavily researched there is less research on the supply side of e-banking. We can list the advantages of e-banking as the competitive advantage, member/client retention, increased revenues and reduced costs (Esser, 1999). The Woolwich Bank case study conducted by Shah and Siddiqui (2006) revealed that understanding clients, organisational flexibility, availability of resources, systems security, established brand name, having multiple integrated channels, e-channel specific marketing, systems integration, systematic change management, support from top management and good client services are the factors critical to success in e-banking. Aktan and Teker (2009) examined the usage of internet in Turkey to make a basic due-diligence investigation for the financial institutions, including banking, stock trading, insurance and provision of financial information within the framework of internet banking by using statistics compiled mostly from the Bank Association of Turkey over the period 2005 and 2008. The findings show that internet usage in Turkey with its young population has continued to grow dramatically in financial services. Sudha et al. (2007) studied the banking customer’s perception towards security concern and Internet banking adoption. They research reveals that the customers have much concern about security and privacy issue in adoption of Internet banking, whether the customers are adopted Internet banking or not. Amiri et al. (2009) investigated the effective factors on improving e-banking by using Fuzzy Topsis in Parsian Bank. They present a method at solving MCDM problems in which the weights of criteria are unequal. They results shows factors of operational, technical and strategic have the most effect on Improving of e-banking. Sarlak et al. (2009) examined the factors that can speed up the successful implementation of electronic banking innovations in the Iran’s country. They research revealed that there is a meaningful and significant relationship between co-structural, content and context factors and the successful implementation of e-banking in Iran. Pour Mirza et al. (2009) in their study showed an understanding of Iranian customer’s attitude and adoption of Internet Banking services. They only survey Internet Banking users and non-users of Mellat Bank of Tehran. The results revealed significant differences between demographic profiles and attitudes of users and non-users groups.

RESEARCH DESIGN

The main purpose of this research is to identify the customer preferences towards the online banking and to find out the various service quality dimensions, which affect the customer satisfaction. This study also tried out to find out the relationship between the various demographic variables and satisfaction level of customers.

Development of hypotheses: Researcher developed the hypotheses to identify the relation between age, profession, gender, preferences of bank and satisfaction level.

H1: There is no significant relation between age and choice of bank
H2: There is no significant relation between profession of customer and preference of banks
H3: There is no significant relation between gender and number of banks usage
H4: Factors determining satisfaction level of respondents are independent of their age
H5: Factors determining satisfaction level of respondents are independent of their profession
H6: Factors determining satisfaction level of respondents are independent of their gender
H7: Factors determining satisfaction level of respondents are independent of Status of usage
H8: Factors determining satisfaction level of respondents are independent of no. of Bank usage

Sampling and sample size: For achieving the objective, a descriptive study was conducted. Primary data were collected of six kinds of banks (Saman, Parsian, Melli, Keshavarzi (agri Bank), Tejarat and Sepah) in Iran at spring 2010, from Internet banking users of public and private banks in Tehran district, with the help of structured questionnaire. A sample of 300 respondents who actually use internet banking was selected by following non-probabilistic convenience sampling technique as it is appropriate for exploratory studies.

Research instrument: Questionnaire was designed after reading of SERVQUAL .The Service Quality (SERVQUAL) scale developed in an attempt to measure the perception of quality of service (Parasuraman et al., 1988; Zeithaml et al., 2001) has been gaining momentum in application among various service sectors. Still that scale has undergone several revisions, extensionsand modifications to suit different sector’s needs. The authors, based on qualitative research, formulated a measure of service quality derived from data on a number of services, instead of counting on early dimension of goods quality in the manufacturing sector. The entire approach was formulated on the tenet that the customers entertain expectations of performance perceptions. The authors defined service quality as the degree of discrepancy between customer’s normative expectations for the service and their perceptions of the service performance. Concept and after interacting with bank employees and customer who generally use internet banking. Questionnaire had a list of 21 statements related to efficiency, tangibility, responsiveness, reliability and empathy. Respondent has to choose one option of each statement depending on whether he or she is Strongly disagree, Disagree, Neutral ,Agree ,or Strongly Agree with statement.

Analysis of data: Data presentation and analysis were done with the help of various statistical tools by using SPSS. Percentage, frequencies, Cross Tabulation and factor analysis methods were used for analysis. For testing of hypotheses, ANOVA and F-test were used.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

Demographic profile of respondent: Fifty seven percent of respondent are young, having age less than 30 years. Majority of respondent (84%) were men and 85% respondent belong to Service class. 61% of respondent were using the Internet banking from last one Year. Majority of respondent (89%) having bank account in 1 bank only, while 11% respondents have bank account in 2 or more banks (Table 1). Out of 89 respondent 32 respondents have account in SAMAN bank, 25 in PARSIAN bank, 21 respondents have account in MELLI bank.

Preference of customer towards banks: Table 2 reveals that there is no specific bank preference of customers of all age groups and in Table 3, hypothesis testing also revealed that there is no significant relation between age and preference of Banks, thus null hypothesis (1) is accepted (Sig = 0.201>0.05) and (F = 36.741/23.349 =1.574).


Table 1: Demographic profile of respondents
Source: From primary data


Table 2: Cross-tabulation between age and customer’s preference of bank


Table 3: ANOVA and F-test for age and customer’s preference of bank


Table 4: Cross tabulation between profession and customer’s preference of bank


Table 5: ANOVA and F-test for profession and customer’s preference of bank


Table 6: Cross tabulation between Gender and number of bank usage


Table 7: ANOVA and F-test for Gender and number of Bank usage


Table 8: KMO and Bartlett’s test

Twenty seven percent of service class customers and 5% of business class Customers have account in SAMAN bank (Table 4). Table 5 reveals that there is no significant relation between profession of customer and preference of banks means null hypothesis (2) is also accepted (Sig = 0.922>0.05) and (F = 1.964/24.204 = 0.081)

After doing Cross tabulation between Gender and number of Bank usage (Table 6), it was found that most of the customers whether male or female prefer to have account only in one bank. But hypothesis testing (Table 7) revealed that there is no significant relation between genders and number of banks usage thus the null hypothesis (3) is also accepted (Sig = 0.335>0.05) and (F = 0.163/0.173 = 0.94).

Factors determining satisfaction level of customers: Factor analysis is applied on responses provided by respondent. Factor analysis is a set of techniques, which by analyzing the correlation between variables, reduces their number into few factors, which explain much of the original data, more economically (Rajender, 2005).

According to Table 8 Measure of Sampling Adequacy such as Bartlett's Test of Spherecity (Approx. Chi-Square is 1183.031, Degree of freedom is 210, significance is 0.000) and Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin Measure of Sampling Adequacy (KMO) value is 0.818 showed that data were fit for factor analysis. Table 8 indicated the appropriateness of factor analysis i.e., the sample was adequate. Similarly, Cooper and Schindler (2003) argued that while the correlation coefficients in matrix table is less than 0.80, the multicollinearity could be ignored.

For extracting the factors, Principal Component Analysis was used and 5 factors were retained as their Eigen values is more than 1 (Table 9).


Table 9: Total variance explained
Extraction method: Principal component analysis


Table 10: Communalities
Extraction method: Principal component analysis.

KMO and Bartlett’s Sphericity used to test the sample appropriateness. The variables, which had loadings of less than 0.5, were excluded and dimensions with Eigen values of 1 or above; were retained.

Thus, five factors have been extracted. Extraction communalities are estimates of variance in each variable accounted for by the factors in the factor solution. According to Table 10 all the variables are fit well in factor solution as all factors have value more than 0.40.

Next task is interpretation and naming of factors. It is done by identifying the variables that have high loading on individual factors. For this purpose, Rotated factor matrix (Table 11) is used. Values close to the 1 represent high loading and close to 0 represent low loading.

Table 12 show the Naming of Factors that:

Factor 1 responsiveness: Total variance explained (Table 9) has revealed that this factor explained variance of 20.357%. 7 variables (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and18) were loaded on this factor. Researcher has named this factor as Responsiveness as it includes bank and employees willingness to help the customers.

Factor 2 reliability: It has been found that 2nd important factor have explained variance of 15.521% and 4 variables (8, 9, 10 and 11) are loaded on this factor. As the variables related to reliability and accuracy of bank websites, are loaded on this factor, thus this factor is named as Reliability.

Factor 3 efficiency: This is 3rd important factor, which accounts for 13.865% of the variance and 5 variables were loaded on this factor. As the variables related to speed and efficiency of bank website was loaded on this factor, this factor is named as Efficiency.

Factor 4 privacy of transactional information: 3 variables loaded on this factor and together they account for 11.573% of the variance. Variables related to collection and security of customer’s personal information was loaded high on this factor and thus researcher has named it as Privacy of Transactional Information.

Factor 5 easiness to use: Two variables load on this factor and together they account for 6.365% of the variance. Easy to navigate and easiness to find information on website load high on this factor and thus researcher has named this factor as Easiness to use.

ANALYSIS OF VARIABLE AND F-TEST BETWEEN FACTORS AND DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES

Comparative age-wise analysis: Table 13 indicates that hypothesis (4) is rejected partially. Thus it can be said that all factors determining the satisfaction level of customers except efficiency and privacy of information are independent of age.

Post-hoc analysis (Table 13a and b) further revealed that satisfaction level of customers belonging to age group 31-50 years are effected by efficiency of bank website and privacy of information as compared to customers of age groups of less than 30 years and above 50 years.


Table 11: Rotated factor matrix
Note: extraction method: Principal component analysis. Rotation method: Varimax with kaiser normalization. a Rotation converged in 17 iterations


Table 12: Naming of factors


Table 13: ANOVA and F-test between age and factors

Comparative customer’s profession-wise analysis: Table 14 indicate hypothesis (5) is completely accepted. Thus it can be said that all the factors determining the satisfaction level of customers are independent of profession.

Comparative gender-wise analysis: According to Table 15, hypothesis (6) is partially rejected. Thus, it can be said that all the factors except Easiness to use website, determining the satisfaction level of customers are independent of gender.

Comparative status of usage analysis: Table 16 revealed that hypothesis (7) is also partially rejected. So it can be said that all the factors except Reliability of website, determining the satisfaction level of customers are independent of Status of Usage.

Table 13a: Post hoc analysis: Age and efficiency
Note: The mean difference is significant at the 0.05 level

Table 13b: Post hoc analysis: age and privacy of information
Note: The mean difference is significant at the .05 level.


Table 14: ANOVA and F-test between customer’s profession and factors


Table 15: ANOVA and F-Test between gender and factors


Table 16: ANOVA and F-Test between status of usage and factors

Post-hoc analysis (Table 16a) further revealed that satisfaction level of customers who are using the internet banking from last 2 years are more satisfied and influenced by the reliability of bank website.

Comparative status of number of banks usage: Table 17 indicates that hypothesis (8) is again partially rejected. Thus it can be said that all the factors except Responsiveness determining the satisfaction level of customers are independent upon the number of bank usage.

The increasingly competitive environment in the financial services market has resulted in pressure to develop and utilize alternative delivery channels. The most recent delivery channel to be introduced is electronic or online banking. The term electronic banking is used to describe the provision of information or services by a bank to its customers, the majority of customers are very comfortable and willing to use IB services. Hence, it is very important for Iranian banks to have online banking services. It is well-accepted fact that, providing good customer service will increase the number of adopters after a while.

Several scholars have analyzed the demographic characteristics of IB customers (Pour Mirza et al., 2009) but emphasis has been placed on analyzing behavioral, attitudinal and social characteristics of the bank clients. The empirical findings of the current study show that these characteristics have effective impacts on adoption of IB services. In terms of personal and social characteristics, this study contributes to this purpose, by identifying the Iranian customer’s attitude toward IB services.

Finding of demographic characteristics of the research reveals that Reliability and Efficiency are important factors in level of customers’ satisfaction and there is a significant relation between these two variables with age and status of usage. This also supports the findings of Ramayah et al. (2002) which found that most of the individuals are reluctant to use Internet banking as they concerns over security and privacy issues. This is also supported by the findings of Al-Sabbagh and Molla (2004), who found that perceived security and trust have emerged as the top issues inhibiting Internet banking adoption.

The finding about the impact of age on adoption of online banking services indicates that the effect of age is not prominent. Therefore, age is not a crucial variable for banks that are planning to offer IB services. Gefen and Straub (2003) and Pour Mirza et al. (2009) confirm this argument. Moreover (Gefen and Straub, 2000), indicate gender has not been found to have a direct effect on adoption of technology in general, also the results of current study uphold this matter.

Table 16a: Post hoc analysis
Note: The mean difference is significant at the .05 level


Table 17: ANOVA and F-test between number of banks usage and factors

The research show, customers do not trust e-banking for some reasons especially due to lack of the security of the system. Also (Rotchanakitumnuai and Speece, 2003; Pour Mriza et al., 2009) revealed that all the customers are very concerned about security in transaction processes. This results is in consistent with the results, which have been reported earlier by other scholar (Black et al., 2001; Lee and Turban, 2001; Polatoglu and Ekin, 2001; Alam et al., 2007).

Indeed the purpose of this study is to show how the demographic factors are associated with individuals’ benefits and costs of adopting Internet banking. This research have a general results for managers and customers, because researcher surveyed the public and private banks of Iran instead of only one bankand therefore can complete other studies of IB in Iran.

CONCLUSION

The present study was aimed to identify the customer preferences towards the online banking and to find out the various service quality dimensions, which affect the customer satisfaction .Factor analysis, reveals that the five factors that influence the satisfaction level of customers are Responsiveness, Reliability, Efficiencyand Privacy of Information and Easiness to use.

Hypothesis testing results show that first null hypothesis (1) is accepted and it can be concluded that there is no significant relation between age and preference of Banks. Twenty seven percent of service class customers and 5% of business class customers have account in SAMAN bank. The 2nd null hypothesis stating that there is no significant relation between profession of customer and preference of banks is also accepted. The third hypothesis, stating that there is no significant relation between genders and number of banks usage is also accepted.

Hypothesis (4) stating that all factors determining the satisfaction level of customers except efficiency and privacy of information are independent of age is rejected partially. Post-hoc analysis revealed that satisfaction level of customers belonging to age group 31-50 years are effected by efficiency of bank website and privacy of information as compared to customers of age groups of less than 30 years and above 50 years. That mean customers in the middle age group are more concern about the efficiency of bank website and privacy of their personal information. Banks should adopt various tools to improve the efficiency of website.

The 5th hypothesis, factors determining the satisfaction level of customers is independent of profession, is completely accepted. The hypothesis (6) is partially rejected, it can be said that all the factors except Easiness to use website, determining the satisfaction level of customers are independent of gender.

Hypothesis (7) stating that all the factors except Reliability of website, determining the satisfaction level of customers are independent of Status of usage is also partially rejected. Post-hoc analysis further revealed that satisfaction level of customers who are using the internet banking from last 2 years are more satisfied and influenced by the reliability of bank website. That means the customers who are using the internet banking from less than 2 years have not trust on websites and afraid of using internet banking.

The last Hypothesis (8) is again partially rejected. Thus it can be said that all the factors except Responsiveness determining the satisfaction level of customers are independent upon the number of bank usage.

SUGGESTIONS

The website is an important element in a bank’s marketing communications activities and giving better customer experience. It is therefore important to use it in an appropriate way and to provide rich contentand to keep it updated to attract and maintain customers. Banks should consider that it is beneficial to spend time on the design because this can help the company attract visitors, which in turn can become customer. Banks should conduct surveys and self assessment tests which should be actually related to the product and service line, which would in turn make the customers more educated about the companies offeringsand this could be done just by starting a blog or chat for the customers. Banks should create platforms wherein customer can be free to express their opinion or give the feedback to the banks. And it is believed that firms who try to create such interaction are considered to be most successful in business. Automated e-mail and instant massage should be used more extensively than it is at present. It is essential to assess the effectiveness of a website. By doing this, banks can improve their site and that helps to provide positive web experience to the customer.

Managers must know that ability and opportunity cost of time have significant impacts in explaining consumers’ adoption behavior for Internet banking. Also, consumers’ benefit and cost associated with attitude should be considered to decide the determinants of Internet banking adoption and attend to consumers’ past consumption pattern, current situationand future expectations influenced Internet banking adoption. Although managers must analyzed variables by comparison between individuals’ benefit and costand find out the nature of each variable is based on the past, presentand future consumption. Attention to this matter is essential that all of the various financial institutions can have the same functions in the financial market. Therefore, the financial institutions have tried to exert competitive power in the market through various ways such as affiliations with other financial companies, downsizing their physical facilitiesand expanding their service scope. In this situation, Internet banking has been attractive to the financial sector. Companies can expect to save a lot of the cost of maintaining their large physical distribution systems by adopting Internet banking. Although many financial companies have realized the advantages of Internet banking and launched this service, the companies have not obtained a lot of benefits yet because some consumers have not been ready to adopt Internet banking. Therefore, financial companies need to make an effort to provide information about Internet banking based on accurate customer segmentation. Usage of other banking technologies had a significant impact on Internet banking adoption. This means that customers, who have mainly depended on traditional banking services such as checks, mail and phone, have lower probabilities to adopt Internet banking. Therefore, at first, retailers or marketers in banks and other financial companies should focus on customers who have already used other banking technologies to boost usage of Internet banking. However, if financial companies have not had various banking services, it is difficult to grasp which consumers have experience of other banking technologies. Financial companies need to have various banking services within a consolidated distribution system to grasp and to meet customers’ needs. If a financial company has only a few functions or a small number of distribution channels, the company will find it difficult to survive in the market.

Internet banking is growing. Affiliations and business alliances can be an efficient way to increase Internet banking use because marketers or retailers in the financial companies can segment customer groups more accurately based on customers’ various use of banking services.

In conclusion, the study shows that Internet Banking is an integral part of web communication and provides a starting point for future studies to explore the issue of web standardization or localization for Unity Internet Banking (UIB) in the word. This research study encourages managers to understand global consumer’s perception of Internet Banking and their preference so as to understand the users’ psychology and then design UIB to target the global audience.

LIMITATIONS OF THIS STUDY

As only one country has been taken for this study, it is not sure whether the findings will apply to other countries. Due to the limitation of finance and time, a sample of only 300 respondents was taken which may not be representative of the whole population.

SCOPE FOR FURTHER RESEARCH

Rather than offering a complete answer for global Internet Banking strategy, I hope my study opens possibilities for future studies that go beyond description and pursue further to predict global Internet Banking strategies and tactics. In addition, future research can explore the results by considering the standardization of dimensions of Internet Banking for other countries also like Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Indian, Australia, Canada, UK, USA, etc. The findings are sure to provide evidence for the robustness of the framework across countries as a basis for future applications.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I would like to acknowledge and express my gratitude to Mr. Hadi Gharoei for his magnificent support during this project.

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