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Examining the use of marketing metrics in annual reports of SA listed companies

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dc.contributor.advisor Venter, Peet, 1964- Gartz, Hilke 2009-04-06T13:12:30Z 2009-04-06T13:12:30Z 2007
dc.description.abstract Purpose This paper analyses the use of marketing metrics and marketing information and metrics contained in 2006/7 annual reports of companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The assumption is that the annual reports are the vehicle whereby listed companies communicate to their shareholders and other stakeholder constituencies. Methodology The assessment criteria is based on Ambler’s (2003) suggested marketing metrics and qualitative data is based on a checklist compiled from various academic sources. The elements which are assessed pertain to brand equity, other customer metrics, segmentation, competition, innovation and environmental and strategic aspects. The information obtained is compared to information required by investors and rating is done based on a grand total maturity. Findings Research results indicate that the use of quantitative metrics and qualitative data is very limited. The majority of companies display a lack of information pertaining to marketing. The results reflect a bi-modal tendency. Half (53%) of the companies do not provide any or poor information on their brand whereas 26% of companies supplied good and excellent information. The grand total score indicates that nearly two thirds (60%) of companies obtain a score of less than 50%, providing insufficient information. On the other hand, 27% of companies provide good and excellent information. Segmentation metrics are generally not reflected in annual reports, neither are competitors. Innovation and environmental aspects influencing market trends are covered by two thirds, however a third provides insufficient information. Other findings include that no standard reporting format exists. Information pertaining to marketing is spread throughout the annual reports. None of the companies provide a glossary of marketing definition or brand terminology. Research implications More in-depth research needs to be conducted on various industry sectors and amongst investors as to their needs. Originality/ value The paper is of value to corporate executives, marketing and communication practitioners who seek to improve communication and to convey optimal information for the investment community. The aim is to stimulate executive management to revise their relationship towards customers, the brand, marketing strategy and investors. en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (156 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of South Africa en_US
dc.subject Marketing metrics en_US
dc.subject Annual report en_US
dc.subject Listed companies en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Marketing performance measures en_US
dc.subject Shareholder value en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Business enterprises -- Finance
dc.subject.lcsh Corporation reports
dc.subject.lcsh Marketing
dc.title Examining the use of marketing metrics in annual reports of SA listed companies en_US
dc.type Research Report en_US
dc.description.department Graduate School of Business Leadership MBL

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