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IMC, social media and UK fashion micro-organisations

IMC, social media and UK fashion micro-organisations PurposeThis paper aims to analyse the practical applicability of integrated marketing communications (IMC) to micro-organisations operating in the UK’s fashion industry, focusing specifically on the use of online platforms.Design/methodology/approachQualitative methodological tools including semi-structured interviews, semiotics, Twitterfeed and Facebook analysis are used to examine to what extent micro-organisations apply IMC.FindingsThe findings suggest that these micro-organisations have a limited understanding of IMC. Although they utilise various channels, including social media, there is a disconnect between reaching the audience, understanding their needs and linking these aspects. External factors influence the use of various communication channels, leading to further fragmentation of sent messages.Research limitations/implicationsThis research focuses on five micro-organisations within the fashion industry and thus may be seen as limited in nature. Whilst implications of the findings are discussed in terms of their impact to the wider industry and other sectors, this needs to be further researched.Practical implicationsMicro-organisations are underdeveloped in terms of both IMC and social media and require practical advice.Originality/valueThis study investigates two under-researched areas, IMC in micro-organisations and the use of social media within IMC, thereby moving forward our understanding of IMC in practice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Marketing Emerald Publishing

IMC, social media and UK fashion micro-organisations

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0309-0566
DOI
10.1108/EJM-08-2015-0599
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper aims to analyse the practical applicability of integrated marketing communications (IMC) to micro-organisations operating in the UK’s fashion industry, focusing specifically on the use of online platforms.Design/methodology/approachQualitative methodological tools including semi-structured interviews, semiotics, Twitterfeed and Facebook analysis are used to examine to what extent micro-organisations apply IMC.FindingsThe findings suggest that these micro-organisations have a limited understanding of IMC. Although they utilise various channels, including social media, there is a disconnect between reaching the audience, understanding their needs and linking these aspects. External factors influence the use of various communication channels, leading to further fragmentation of sent messages.Research limitations/implicationsThis research focuses on five micro-organisations within the fashion industry and thus may be seen as limited in nature. Whilst implications of the findings are discussed in terms of their impact to the wider industry and other sectors, this needs to be further researched.Practical implicationsMicro-organisations are underdeveloped in terms of both IMC and social media and require practical advice.Originality/valueThis study investigates two under-researched areas, IMC in micro-organisations and the use of social media within IMC, thereby moving forward our understanding of IMC in practice.

Journal

European Journal of MarketingEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 10, 2017

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