E MARKETING AND SMALL ENTERPRISE, THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES



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E MARKETING AND SMALL ENTERPRISE, THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES


ABSTRACT
In this research, an attempt was made to ascertain whether small scale businesses in Nigeria are aware of and use e-marketing as part of their marketing strategy. Also to ascertain whether they perceive it as a threat of opportunity or non, also the study was conducted through the use of questionnaire. However, findings showed that small scale business should begin to strategically plan their e-marketing strategy in alignment with the total marketing plan and if they are to benefit effectively from the use of e-marketing, they need to be up-to-date in its application.
TABLE OF CONTENT:
CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1.1     Background of the Study
1.2     Statement of the Research Problem
1.3     Objectives of the Study
1.4     Significance of the Study
1.5     Research Questions
1.6     Research Hypothesis
1.7     Conceptual and Operational Definition
1.8     Assumptions
1.9     Limitations of the Study
CHAPTER TWO
LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1     Sources of Literature
2.2     The Review
2.3     Summary of Literature Review
CHAPTER THREE
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.1     Research Method
3.2     Research Design
3.3     Research Sample
3.4     Measuring Instrument
3.5     Data Collection
3.6     Data Analysis
3.7     Expected Result
CHAPTER FOUR
DATA ANALYSIS AND RESULTS
4.1     Data Analysis
4.2     Results
4.3     Discussion
CHAPTER FIVE
SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1     Summary
5.2     Recommendations for Further Study
Bibliography
CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
Small scale businesses in Nigeria play a very vital role in the development of its economy. Over the years various policies both from the government and some of the private sector actors have been developed to create enabling environments for these small scale businesses to thrive. However the challenges linger. Some of these challenges have been highlighted by many authors to be, poor managerial skill, small capital, wasteful spending by small scale business owners, poor marketing strategies etc. the is not the negligence of the fact that those few SMEs that have thrived over the years have contributed immensely to the growth of Nigeria economy through the following significant ways, utilization of Nigeria’s resources, increase an employment etc. income generation and redistribution etc.
Noteworthy at this point in the fact the small scale business especially in the sub-Saharan region appear to be lagging behind in the global trends with respect to small scale businesses. In Japan for example, small scale businesses now engage an international business due to their ability to create product according the taste of the market and are able use available marketing to ensure they gain and retune a reasonable market share. This has been made possible despite the many obvious and general challenges that is inherent in small scale businesses.
The purpose of this study therefore is to ascertain the current relationship between small scale businesses in Nigeria and marketing. Also it is to ascertain how e-marketing could be used by small scale businesses in Nigeria to tackle its challenges, survive in the market, and thrive enjoying competitive advantage.
This study also seeks to significantly ascertain how e-marketing is perceived by small scale business and whether how it is perceived and indeed e-marketing is an opportunity or a thereat to the survival and thriving of small scale businesses in Nigeria.
        STATEMENT OF THE RESEARCH PROBLEM
Having briefly analyzed the state of Nigerian small scale businesses, its challenges and advantages. A question to be asked would be how can small scale businesses apply their resources efficiently and effectively towards business tools that will help produce competitive advantage, improve market share and other benefits. Considering the up growth in the use of technology in the marketing activities of all types of technology in the marketing activities of all types of organization, it is important to ascertain what effect and how e-marketing can be used by small scale business in Nigeria.
E-marketing as a marketing tool could help the small scale business in Nigeria reach a wider local market, make gain through competitive advantage while serving a better part of the market. Also E-marketing gives the small scale business an opportunity to access new export markets.
However, certain questions need to be asked concerning e-marketing with respect to small companies. They are;
i.                   What is the level of awareness of e-marketing to small scale business in Nigeria.
ii.                 Also to what extent do these small scale businesses in Nigeria apply e-marketing as a strategic marketing tool.
iii.              How do these small scale business perceive e-marketing and does trend provide an opportunity or a threat.
iv.              Also what are those possible ways through which e-marketing could be used as a modern business tool by small scale businesses in Nigeria.
        OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
The objectives of this study however, are as follows
1.     To ascertain the level of awareness of e-marketing to small scale business in Nigeria.
2.     To find out the extent to which small scale businesses in Nigeria are e-marketing.
3.     To find out if e-marketing poses threat or creates opportunities for small scale businesses in Nigeria.
4.     To ascertain possible was through which e-marketing could be used as a modern business tool by small scale businesses in Nigeria.
This study will attempt to significantly answer these questions.


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