Analysing trademark and social media in the fashion industry: tools that impact performance and internationalization for SMEs

Laura Rienda, Lorena Ruiz-Fernandez, Lindsey Carey

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Abstract

Purpose
This research investigates the role that having a trademark and a social media presence play in the development of international activities as well as their influence on performance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating within the fashion sector of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Design/methodology/approach
Quantitative analysis was carried out by integrating information from several data sources. The hypotheses proposed in the authors’ research model are tested on a sample of 102 SMEs, applying bivariate analysis and variance-based structural equation modelling (partial least squares).

Findings
Based on the authors’ empirical evidence, the fashion SMEs could improve their performance through two important marketing tools: registered trademark and social media. On the one hand, SMEs with a registered trademark are more present in the international markets, and it also implies higher performance. On the other hand, there is no significant relationship between SMEs with social media and a presence in international markets.

Originality/value
The aim of this paper is to investigate the effect of trademark and social media participation on firms which varies depending on what managers of fashion-related SME companies want to prioritize. Hence, these two marketing tools could be useful for managers to decide on what resources to invest, to register a trademark or to be present in social media, subject to their firms' strategy and objectives.

Keywords
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Fashion Marketing and Management
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • SMEs, fashion industry, trademark, social media, performance, international business

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