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Internet Marketing & SMEs

Internet Marketing & SMEs
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Author(s): Daniel John Doiron (University of New Brunswick Saint John, Canada)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 22
Source title: E-Adoption and Socio-Economic Impacts: Emerging Infrastructural Effects
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sushil K. Sharma (Ball State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-597-1.ch006

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Abstract

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been adopting the internet at a feverish pace. Recent studies have shown that up to 85% of SMEs in industrialized countries have web sites, yet less than half are utilizing these web sites to securely transact with their customers. Consumer media consumption is moving away from traditional media, like newspapers, to the internet. These revelations coupled with the growth of tools and techniques available to support online marketing, make it a perfect time for SMEs to market their web sites and ultimately succeed online. In this chapter we will present and support the hypothesis that SMEs should stop investing in their web site’s design and functionality and start investing in efforts to market their web sites online, no matter how lousy their web site may be in comparison to today’s standards. With the support of two case studies, illustrating the successful utilization of internet marketing by two very different SMEs, we will relate how a SME can effectively market their web site online. We will also discuss the tools and techniques available to help an SME successfully begin a journey of internet marketing.

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