Identifying customers who have the intention to build long-term relationships is beneficial for banking and life
insurance organisations as it will afford marketers the opportunity to segment customers according to their
relationship preferences. This may prevent money and resources being spent with little effect trying to
develop a relationship with customers who do not intend to build a long-term relationship with the
organisation. However, it is difficult to understand the nature of relationship intention without understanding
the constructs used to measure relationship intention, namely involvement, expectations, forgiveness,
feedback and fear of relationship loss. The purpose of this study is to determine whether these five
relationship intention constructs are applicable to the banking and life insurance industries in Gauteng, South
Africa. Data was gathered from 401 banking (n=202) and life insurance (n=199) customers. Findings confirm
that the five constructs to measure relationship intention are applicable to the selected services and identified
an additional four factors that support some of the five constructs. However, no differences were found
between respondents with different relationship lengths and their views pertaining to the identified factors.
This article was written by P.G. Mostert before he joined the University of Pretoria.