A dissertation should have something to add to the existing literature in a given field, but should not try to re-invent the wheel. Dissertations should be focused rather than broad, aiming to add to the literature in a manageable way bearing in mind time and cost constraints. The dissertation title should reflect this, being more narrow than broad, highlighting the main focus of the dissertation. This helps when it comes to setting clear, concise and manageable research aims, questions and objectives. Added to this, the choice of research topic should reflect the research setting where the study took place. To help in the preparation of your marketing dissertation, this article suggests areas and topics that you could base your research on. These subject areas include relationship marketing, branding, direct marketing, international marketing, consumer psychology, online marketing, mobile marketing, marketing mix, social networks and marketing ethics.
Relationship marketing refers to the use of relationships rather than purely transactional means, in order to not only acquire customers, but also to generate customer loyalty that results in repeat custom for the firm. It is a very important area for modern businesses, and an ideal area on which to base your marketing dissertation.
Branding is an umbrella term to refer to a wide body of literature examining how businesses can use their brands to achieve a competitive advantage, through building brand equity, launching brand extensions, managing global brands, and so forth. Marketing dissertations on branding could be more specific to the following topics.
The world of direct marketing is a complex one that involves a wide range of tools and techniques that can be used to target consumers in a predominantly transactional manner. Direct marketers rely on information and a series of direct marketing media such as direct mail, magazines, newspapers, TV/radio, co-ops, telemarketing/teleservices and the Internet to disseminate their messages and acquire new customers. Here follows some suggested topics of direct marketing, which you could use for your marketing dissertation.
For some products and services, cultural considerations can play an important role in how marketers interact with consumers. With the increasing globalisation of business, firms have to pay greater attention to how national culture impacts upon consumer behaviour and customers’ reactions towards different types of marketing communication. Marketing across cultures is becoming more prominent in business, as more and more businesses are expanding throughout the world. This creates an ideal area to base your marketing dissertation on.
Marketing is fundamentally underpinned by consumer behaviour, which can be largely explained by examining consumer psychology. This highlights how consumers behave in each stage of the buying process and why they react as they do. On this basis, marketers can design and implement communication strategies that target specific customer groups based on their psychological profiles. to base your marketing dissertation within the area of marketing and consumer psychology, here are some suggestions for topics:
When marketing moves online the traditional rules are either broken or extended. Such extensions include the need to take into account privacy, security, the greater ability to customise and personalise user experiences, the changing nature of consumer behaviour and the interaction of online and offline mediums. Marketing online is a subject that many companies now have to consider, and the subject would create a useful marketing dissertation. More specific subjects are suggested here.
Mobile marketing has become the latest marketing communication medium to enable large brands such as Coca-Cola, Nintendo, MTV, New Labour, Lastminute.com, and others to reach customers and target customers in traditional and non-traditional ways. With the lowering of mobile tariffs, including Internet browsing using mobile phones, this medium has becoming increasingly important to marketers. Some topics are suggested here for you to base your marketing dissertation on the area of mobile marketing.
The 4Ps, which have seen a number of extensions, are the cornerstones of the marketing mix that marketing professions have available to them when trying to influence consumer decision-making. To base your marketing dissertation in this area, there are some topic suggestions below.
Social networks (Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, Bebo, LinkedIn) are not only changing the way that many people use the Internet, but they are also presenting marketing practitioners with new challenges when trying to reach and acquire customers online. At the same time, these social networks have their own challenges in trying to acquire and retain customers when many of the traditional principles of consumer behaviour no longer apply. As social networks become more popular, a marketing dissertation in this area would be up to date and in line with current trends.
The power of the media and changing consumer attitudes are having a significant impact on how firms are expected to behave, as well as how they should integrate ethics into their marketing campaigns. On this basis, marketing ethics is interested in a range of issues from the business case for ethical practices, to CSR programmes and cause-related marketing, and ethical issues that must be taken into account during the marketing communications process. a marketing dissertation on marketing ethics could include any of the following topics:
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