Marketers' perceptions of the implementation difficulties of multichannel marketing
Valos, Michael, Polonsky, Michael Jay, Guersen, Gus and Zutshi, Ambika 2010, Marketers' perceptions of the implementation difficulties of multichannel marketing, Journal of strategic marketing, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 417-434, doi: 10.1080/0965254X.2010.497845.
This paper identifies implementation difficulties associated with multichannel marketing as perceived by senior marketers. While, multichannel marketing is being increasingly used because of its revenue enhancing and cost reduction opportunities, it appears more difficult to implement than 'traditional' single channel marketing. Traditional strategy implementation frameworks as typified by Miles and Snow and Porter, do not appear to address the implementation complexities of multichannel strategies especially when considering the dynamism of contemporary external environments. Using the methodology of thematic analysis, three implementation difficulty themes were identified: (1) understanding multichannel customer behaviour; (2) delivering sales, service and pre-purchase information; and (3) dealing with organisational politics and conflict caused by emerging channels. We propose that dynamic strategic frameworks can better address complexity and uncertainty, and overcome implementation difficulties. The paper concludes with general and specific research propositions to test the effectiveness of dynamic strategic frameworks in terms of the three themes.
Field of Research
150503 Marketing Management (incl Strategy and Customer Relations)
Socio Economic Objective
900202 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
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