Marknadsföringsstrategier inom småföretag : Intuition eller taktiskt val?
Sammanfattning: Small businesses are the largest employers in Sweden and employ most people on the labour market. Therefore they are considered one of the most important components for an economic growth in a country. However small businesses have problems regarding profitability and survival on the market. It is also considered hard to conduct business for smaller companies, where the lack of restricted resources is a crucial factor. The purpose of this study is to, through a producer perspective and with a qualitative approach, review whether and in what way small businesses uses marketing strategies in their planning. This will be done by answering the following research question: “In what sense do small businesses implement marketing strategies in their work with marketing?” The following conclusions were drawn from the study: • Small businesses implement marketing strategies in their everyday work in the sense that almost all of the small businesses that participated in the study have thought about the factors relating to the selection of target group and the company's own market position in relation to its competitors • Small businesses formulate its marketing strategies mentally rather than having a formal written strategy. • Small businesses mainly choose to segment the market by using geographic and demographic factors. • Small businesses opt out the use of price leadership as their competitive strategy. Instead small businesses try to stand out from their competitors in some unique way and their focus lies on quality rather than quantity. • Small businesses are working diligently to retain existing customers because it is a cheaper approach than trying to attract new customers. • Small businesses can benefit from being apart of a network with other active small, but the study also shows that most benefits can be drawn from startups that not yet enhold a solid knowledge about the market.
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