An analysis of marketing programmes adopted by regional small and medium-sized enterprises

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/222469
Title:
An analysis of marketing programmes adopted by regional small and medium-sized enterprises
Authors:
Parrott, Guy; Roomi, Muhammad Azam ( 0000-0001-6633-2313 ) ; Holliman, David
Abstract:
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to create an understanding of the true nature of contemporary SME marketing activities. While acknowledging operational constraints, the paper aims to hypothesize that, if effective marketing planning was employed, this would improve the long-term growth of small to medium-sized enterprises. The paper seeks to assess the implications current practices may have on the long-term survival of enterprises and to identify significant SME marketing development and training needs. Design/methodology/approach – A marketing audit approach yielded data from the collation of 125 completed online questionnaires within the East of England region. Statistical analysis using SPSS was applied to produce an in-depth quantitative analysis of these data. In addition, qualitative data were collected through face-to-face interviews of some 20 owner-managers. These responses were further inductively analysed and interpreted. Findings – Data analysis demonstrated a significant disparity between their perceived marketing effectiveness compared with their actual practices recorded at interview. Significantly, they failed to understand why campaigns did not yield results, as they routinely did not employ appropriate controls and procedures. SMEs believed that they were fully cognisant of the effectiveness of their marketing activity, through further exploration; evidence revealed that they failed to employ sufficient review procedures, and in the extreme cases these procedures were non-existent. A direct correlation was also witnessed between company size and the application of effective marketing planning. Larger enterprises demonstrated a greater awareness of strategic marketing competence.
Citation:
Parrott, G., Roomi, M.A., Holliman, D. (20101) 'An analysis of marketing programmes adopted by regional small and medium-sized enterprises' Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 17 (2):184
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Issue Date:
May-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/222469
DOI:
10.1108/14626001011041201
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14626001011041201
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Originality/value – Their ability to understand their marketplace and to become truly competitive relies on SMEs developing a deeper understanding of their current marketing decision-making processes through the systematic adoption of more robust strategic procedures. In summary, there is an observable difference between marketing activities conducted by SMEs and best practice defined in academic theory.
ISSN:
1462-6004
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Advances in Marketing (CAM)

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dc.contributor.authorParrott, Guyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRoomi, Muhammad Azamen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHolliman, Daviden_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-08T15:14:26Z-
dc.date.available2012-05-08T15:14:26Z-
dc.date.issued2010-05-
dc.identifier.citationParrott, G., Roomi, M.A., Holliman, D. (20101) 'An analysis of marketing programmes adopted by regional small and medium-sized enterprises' Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 17 (2):184en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1462-6004-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/14626001011041201-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/222469-
dc.descriptionOriginality/value – Their ability to understand their marketplace and to become truly competitive relies on SMEs developing a deeper understanding of their current marketing decision-making processes through the systematic adoption of more robust strategic procedures. In summary, there is an observable difference between marketing activities conducted by SMEs and best practice defined in academic theory.en_GB
dc.description.abstractPurpose – The purpose of this paper is to create an understanding of the true nature of contemporary SME marketing activities. While acknowledging operational constraints, the paper aims to hypothesize that, if effective marketing planning was employed, this would improve the long-term growth of small to medium-sized enterprises. The paper seeks to assess the implications current practices may have on the long-term survival of enterprises and to identify significant SME marketing development and training needs. Design/methodology/approach – A marketing audit approach yielded data from the collation of 125 completed online questionnaires within the East of England region. Statistical analysis using SPSS was applied to produce an in-depth quantitative analysis of these data. In addition, qualitative data were collected through face-to-face interviews of some 20 owner-managers. These responses were further inductively analysed and interpreted. Findings – Data analysis demonstrated a significant disparity between their perceived marketing effectiveness compared with their actual practices recorded at interview. Significantly, they failed to understand why campaigns did not yield results, as they routinely did not employ appropriate controls and procedures. SMEs believed that they were fully cognisant of the effectiveness of their marketing activity, through further exploration; evidence revealed that they failed to employ sufficient review procedures, and in the extreme cases these procedures were non-existent. A direct correlation was also witnessed between company size and the application of effective marketing planning. Larger enterprises demonstrated a greater awareness of strategic marketing competence.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14626001011041201en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Developmenten_GB
dc.subjectentrepreneurshipen_GB
dc.subjectmarketingen_GB
dc.subjectSMEsen_GB
dc.titleAn analysis of marketing programmes adopted by regional small and medium-sized enterprisesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Developmenten_GB
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