The Perceived Contribution of the Practise of Strategic Marketing on the Performance of South African Companies

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  • SDG 17
  • SDG 12
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    Abstract: Despite criticism that the marketing discipline has a diminished role and influence within academia and business, there is general agreement that strategic marketing practice could contribute to company performance. The focus of this article is on how South African companies implement key strategic marketing concepts in order to establish a pattern of organisational behaviour around strategic marketing practice. The perceived contribution of these practices on company performance is also established. The South African perspective provides new insight into the practice and compliance of marketers within the context of developing countries. Insight of 167 South African marketing executives, obtained by means of a quantitative survey, suggests that although most firms performed strategic marketing activities, they were less confident that they established a competitive advantage or customer insight from doing so. The relative importance of customer insight was demonstrated by the fact that it had a significant correlation with financial performance, whereas segment-based marketing activities did not. Merely ‘ticking the boxes’ and performing strategic marketing activities for the sake of it is thus not enough to improve financial performance.