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CUSTOMERS BEHAVIOR AND HOW IT AFFECTS THE GROWTH OF A BUSINESS


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Abstract

This study focuses on customers’ behavior and how it affects the growth of a business (a case study of Vivid Consuming pro, Afam Road Portharcourt).  A proper research was carried out to find out if customers’ behavior is influenced by lack of satisfaction in the services rendered by the business, to ascertain the factors that influences the change in customers’ behavior towards an organization, to analyze the ways customers’ behavior affects the growth of a business, and to find out the perception of customers on the ways to maintain a positive customers’ behavior towards their products. After the analysis of the primary data, the conclusion obtained is that there are factors that influence the change in customers’ behavior towards an organization and that Customers’ behavior affects the growth of a business.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0  INTRODUCTION

1.1    Background of the study

1.2    Statement of problem

1.3    Objective of the study

1.4    Research Hypotheses

1.5    Significance of the study

1.6    Scope and limitation of the study

1.7    Definition of terms

1.8    Organization of the study

CHAPETR TWO

2.0  LITERATURE REVIEW

CHAPETR THREE

3.0    Research methodology

3.1  sources of data collection

3.3    Population of the study

3.4    Sampling and sampling distribution

3.5    Validation of research instrument

3.6    Method of data analysis

CHAPTER FOUR

DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION

4.1 Introductions

4.2 Data analysis

CHAPTER FIVE

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Summary

5.3 Conclusion

5.4 Recommendation

Appendix

 

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY   

The key to thrive in any business is to offer customers with better solutions to their problems, give them the due respect, connect with them on emotional level, offer them with fair prices, and making it easy for customers to find what they need, pay for it and move on without much delay (Berry, 2001).

Customer behavior study is based on consumer buying behavior, with the customer playing the three distinct roles of user, payer and buyer. Research has shown that consumer behavior is difficult to predict, even for experts in the field. Relationship marketing is an influential asset for customer behavior analysis as it has a keen interest in the re-discovery of the true meaning of marketing through the re-affirmation of the importance of the customer or buyer (Peter C. 2003). A greater importance is also placed on consumer retention, customer relationship with management, and personalization. Social functions can be categorized into social choice and welfare functions.

In present scenario, the study of consumer behavior has become essential. Consumers are the kings of markets. Without consumers no business organization can run. All the activities of the business concerns end with consumers and consumer satisfaction. Customer behavior study is based on consumer buying behavior, with the customer playing the three distinct roles of user, payer and buyer. Research has shown that consumer behavior is difficult to predict, even for experts in the field. The study of Consumer Behavior is quite complex, because of many variables involved and their tendency to interact with & influence each other (Jobber & Geoff, 2000). These variables are divided into three major sections that have been identified as the most important general influences on Consumer Behavior. Consumer behavior is the study of when, why, how, and where people do or do not buy a product. It blends elements from psychology, sociology, and economics. It attempts to understand the buyer decision making process, both individually and in groups.

Buying situation, personal influences, and social influences are the three major factors identified as other key factors that influence consumers buying behavior (Jobber & Geoff, 2000). In today’s competitive retail environment, the idea of retaining customers is a tough task. The successful ones are those who are able to establish and maintain more competitive advantages in their customers. Therefore, this study focuses on customers’ behavior and how it affects the growth of a business (a case study of Vivid Consuming pro, Afam Road Portharcourt).

1.2   STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

One of the major challenges faced by most businesses is the ability to retain their customers for a long period of time (Myers, 2009). The buying behavior of customers towards a certain product is influenced by so many factors such as cultural factors, societal factors, personal factors, etc. In an attempt to curb these problems retailing shops issue customer cards to customers granting the customers with some benefits. If owning a card of a company is enough to influence a customer to make all his purchases from that particular shop or company, then how would such customer determine where to make his purchases if he or she has two or more cards of different competitors? In such instance, there is the need to find out which other factors come into play to influence a customer in his buying decision (Ghauri & Gronhaug, 2002).

If customers’ behaviour does not favor an organization, this influences the number of customers that patronage the organization. Low level of customers’ patronage results in a low level of income which eventually affects the growth and productivity of the organization (Myers, 2009). These problems make it glaring that there is a need to carry out a study on customers’ behavior and how it affect the growth of a business.

1.3   OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

The general objective is to examine customers’ behavior and how it affects the growth of a business. The specific objectives are:

  1. To get an overview of customers’ behavior and business growth.
  2. To ascertain if there are factors that influences the change in customers’ behavior towards an organization.
  3. To analyze if customers’ behavior affects the growth of a business.

1.4   RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS

Hypothesis One

Hi: There are factors that influence the change in customers’ behavior towards an organization.

Ho: There are no factors that influence the change in customers’ behavior towards an organization.

Hypothesis Two

Hi: Customers’ behavior affects the growth of a business.

Ho: Customers’ behavior does not affect the growth of a business.

1.5   SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

The findings from this study will be relevant to business owners and student researchers

The study intends to examine Consumers behavior and how it affects the growth of a business.

The research is also expected to make reasonable impact in the following areas.

  1. Enlighten private and Government agencies on the impact of customers behavior on the growth of Business.
  2. Educate the researcher’s audience in the concept of customers behavior.
  3. It  would serve  as a base for future researchers who may want to dive into the world of custumers behavior and business growth as their research area

1.7   SCOPE OF THE STUDY

The study shall appraise the nature of the roleof customer behavior and how it affects the business growth.

However, in the course of this research, the following constraints were encountered thus:

  1. Non-availability of enough resources (finance): A work of this nature is very tasking financially, money had to be spent at various stages of the research such resources which may aid proper carrying out of the study were not adequately available.
  2. Time factor: The time used in carrying out the research work is relatively not enough to bring the best information out of it. However, I hope that the little that is contained in this study will go a long way in solving many greater problems.

1.9   DEFINITION OF TERMS

Customer: a person who buys goods or services from a shop or business and can choose between different goods and suppliers.

Behavior: response of a person or a group of individuals to an action, environment, person, or stimulus.

Business growth: this is the process of improving some measure of an enterprise’s success

1.8 ORGANIZATION OF THE STUDY

This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows

Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (overview, of the study), historical background, statement of problem, objectives of the study, research hypotheses, significance of the study, scope and limitation of the study, definition of terms and historical background of the study. Chapter two highlights the theoretical framework on which the study is based, thus the review of related literature. Chapter three deals on the research design and methodology adopted in the study. Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding.  Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study

 

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