Advances in Economics and Business Vol. 5(6), pp. 320 - 327
DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2017.050602
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Sports Outfitters' Marketing Strategies: A Comparative Exploratory Study in the U.S. and Canada


Lise Heroux *
Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, School of Business and Economics, State University of New York, USA

ABSTRACT

The outdoor/sports outfitter industry comprises primarily of independent businesses engaged in selling a diverse array of sporting and athletic goods for fitness and exercise, golfing, camping, fishing, winter sports, shooting, racket sports, kayaking and other sports. The successful marketing strategy of outdoor/sports outfitters requires the identification of a target market and development of a marketing mix (product/service, place, price and promotion) that will best satisfy the needs of this target market. This research was conducted to investigate the marketing strategies implemented by outfitters to meet the needs of consumers. A census of the 20 outfitters in the contiguous regions of Quebec and New York/Vermont was visited by observers. Systematic observations were compiled for each establishment. More similarities than differences were found. Sports Outfitters in both regions have well-developed product/service strategies, and personal selling strategies, but weaker promotion strategies with respect to advertising. The Quebec sports outfitters have better location and establishment design strategies than Vermont/New York establishments, while the latter have better pricing strategies. American retailers can benefit from the benchmark provided by Canadian stores with respect to location, while Canadian stores can learn from the pricing strategies of American stores. Improvement in promotion initiatives is needed in both regions.

KEYWORDS
Marketing, Sports, Outfitters, Canada, United States

Cite this paper
Lise Heroux . "Sports Outfitters' Marketing Strategies: A Comparative Exploratory Study in the U.S. and Canada." Advances in Economics and Business 5.6 (2017) 320 - 327. doi: 10.13189/aeb.2017.050602.