Marketing Activities during the early stages of business

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dc.contributor.advisor Myres, Kerrin
dc.contributor.postgraduate Schild, André
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-08T06:05:55Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-08T06:05:55Z
dc.date.created 2015-03-24
dc.date.issued 2014 en_ZA
dc.description Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2014. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This research is the result of a need within the entrepreneurial community, amongst both existing businesses as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, to pay attention to the marketing skills, abilities and activities required to navigate in the rapidly changing business environment in which they operate. It’s no longer enough that an entrepreneur only possesses the entrepreneurial will and drive to start an enterprise. In order to succeed and thrive, they require a skill set that needs to be employed from the beginning. The ability of the entrepreneur to successfully market their business, particularly in the early phases of development, is a crucial skill that can ensure the survival of the enterprise. The research comprised of sixteen in-depth interviews with existing entrepreneurs in South Africa, as well as four with experts in the fields of SMEs and Marketing. All of the interviews were conducted face-to-face, with the exception of one of the SME and Marketing experts, whose interview was conducted telephonically. The interviews followed a semi-structured discussion guide that allowed for variations in the discussion as required. A number of the entrepreneurs interviewed had not conducted any marketing planning in the start-up phase of their ventures, yet succeeded. The entrepreneurs did, however, practice ad-hoc marketing activities in the early stages of their business, as well as networking with customers, suppliers and their industry. It was also found that the respondents’ knowledge of how to market their businesses increased over time, and as their businesses matured, they allocated more significant resources towards marketing their businesses. The research project concludes that: whilst beneficial, upfront marketing planning is not essential for start-ups; networking and ad-hoc marketing is important for start-ups to practice; putting a significant allocation of resources towards marketing is valuable. en_ZA
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dc.description.department Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) en
dc.description.librarian lmgibs2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Schild, A. (2014) Marketing Activities during the early stages of business (MBA mini-dissertation).Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria. Retrieved from http://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/1818 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/45047
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.subject UCTD
dc.subject Small business -- Management en_ZA
dc.subject Entrepreneurship en_ZA
dc.subject Qualitative research en_ZA
dc.subject Marketing en_ZA
dc.title Marketing Activities during the early stages of business en_ZA
dc.type Mini Dissertation en_ZA


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