Benefit segmentation of the container shipping market in Turkey

Gokcay Balci, Ismail Bilge Cetin

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Abstract

Marketing policies have gained more importance in container shipping as the industry experiences challenges arising from commoditization. Market segmentation is fundamental to marketing policies, yet it needs a detailed analysis in container shipping. Accordingly, this paper aims to explore homogenous customer groups in container shipping by conducting a segmentation analysis, which can help container lines apply more efficient marketing policies. A survey study is conducted on 356 shippers in Turkey. The study develops five reliable and valid selection criteria factors and applies cluster analysis based on the selection criteria factors. The cluster analysis produces a total of six benefit segments which are differentiable. The segments are significantly identified by the demographic characteristics of shippers. The paper suggests several implications for the marketing policies of container lines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797-814
Number of pages18
JournalMaritime Policy and Management
Volume47
Issue number6
Early online date21 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2020

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