Most academic research into segmentation in the financial services industry has focused on alternative analytical approaches and base variables; relatively little attention has been paid to implementation issues, despite managements concerns about the practicality and usefulness of segmentation. Some significant barriers to effective implementation of segmentation have been encountered by major financial services firms. This paper reviews these barriers, and finds that weaknesses in customer data, and the importance of a good fit with the companys distribution channels, can limit the range of segmentation approaches that a company can adopt, while the organisational context, structure and strategic positioning can fail to support effective segmentation. The paper also considers some of the newer entrants to the financial services industry, and finds that they are making progress in all of these areas.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Management of Technology and Innovation
- Strategy and Management