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Market orientation in news media : How learning about and responding to readers and competitors impact success


Sommer, Christoph; Krebs, Isabelle (2016). Market orientation in news media : How learning about and responding to readers and competitors impact success. Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies, 5(3):441-464.

Abstract

Because of technological developments, it has become easier for media outlets and their actors to collect data, which facilitates the gaining of knowledge regarding customers and competitors. We apply market orientation theory and investigate through standardized interviews with high-level media representatives whether market-oriented news outlets are more successful in terms of circulation change. The results of this exploratory study show that dailies, which emphasize reader orientation and a swift reaction to competitors’ initiatives, are rewarded with success. For weeklies, the opposite is true. Rating means of researching the readership and responsiveness to the competition low is associated with an increase in circulation. These findings call for different media management strategies depending on the type of news outlet.

Abstract

Because of technological developments, it has become easier for media outlets and their actors to collect data, which facilitates the gaining of knowledge regarding customers and competitors. We apply market orientation theory and investigate through standardized interviews with high-level media representatives whether market-oriented news outlets are more successful in terms of circulation change. The results of this exploratory study show that dailies, which emphasize reader orientation and a swift reaction to competitors’ initiatives, are rewarded with success. For weeklies, the opposite is true. Rating means of researching the readership and responsiveness to the competition low is associated with an increase in circulation. These findings call for different media management strategies depending on the type of news outlet.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:Market orientation; marketing; media management; news media; strategic orientation; success
Language:English
Date:1 October 2016
Deposited On:27 Mar 2018 10:01
Last Modified:13 Apr 2018 11:47
Publisher:Intellect Ltd.
ISSN:2049-9531
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1386/ajms.5.3.441_1

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