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Decision-makers’ Attitudes and Behaviors Toward E-mail Marketing
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Marketing and Logistics.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Marketing and Logistics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


E-mail marketing is used to get consumers’ attention to one’s products, services, need, etc., and ultimately to get them to act in a specific way. How consumers are affected by E-mail marketing is a topic that has not been thoroughly investigated even though it is of great interest due to the vast increase of E-mail marketing the last couple of years. Thus, there is a major gap in the research of this topic, especially in a B2B context.


The purpose of this thesis is to analyze behaviors and attitudes of decision-makers in the Swedish manufacturing industry regarding B2B E-mail marketing.


The authors used a quantitative research approach with an online-survey in order to collect necessary data. The population is decision-makers within the manufacturing industry in Sweden. The result is based on 1 777 participating decision-makers. The questionnaire was constructed by the authors and is based on the theoretical framework consisting: Tri-Component Model of Attitudes, Planned Behavior, Micheaux’s (2011) theory of perceived pressure and A(ad). The authors used analysis techniques such as descriptive univariate analysis, Anova-test, factor analysis and linear regression analysis to derive the result.


The conclusions drawn from this study are that the decision-makers within the manufacturing industry in Sweden tend to have a negative attitude and behavior toward E-mail marketing messages, only a small minority of the decision-makers had a positive attitude. Furthermore, the authors discovered an association between their attitude and how they actually behave. The study also reveals differences in the attitudes and behaviors regarding age and position within the company. A final conclusion drawn from this study is that the decision-makers do not read all marketing messages they receive and they also delete some marketing messages without reading them. The result of this is a non-functional marketing method, as it does not work as it is intended. A suggestion for marketers working with E-mail marketing is to try to establish more positive attitudes by building relationships with the recipients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
E-mail, marketing, E-mail marketing, B2B, Attitudes, Behaviors, Decision-makers, Manufacturing industry
Keyword [sv]
epost, e-post, marknadsföring, B2B, attityder, beteenden, beslutsfattare, tillverkningsindustrin
National Category
Business Administration Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-18416OAI: diva2:532855
Subject / course
IHH, Business Administration
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-06-19 Created: 2012-06-12 Last updated: 2012-06-19Bibliographically approved

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