Title: Trade-off between two advertising strategies: coverage or penetration

Authors: Tian Wang; Ding Zhang

Addresses: School of Business Administration, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, 400000, China ' School of Business Administration, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, 400000, China

Abstract: There are two different basic advertising strategies, namely, enlarging the market coverage and improving the market penetration. Efforts in the first (coverage) strategy can be seen as handing out leaflets, advertising board and huge-crowd acquisition. Efforts in the second (penetration) strategy can be seen as improving product quality, service environment and positive word-of-mouth. Which one is more efficient, coverage or penetration? How do firm trade-off between the two advertising strategies? By establishing two-stage models, this paper explores the optimal advertising levels for the two strategies, respectively. After that, this paper compares the optimal profits under the two strategies in various market settings and finds the more efficient advertising strategy. Management insights are generated for decision-makings of firm managers.

Keywords: advertising; market coverage; market penetration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2022.122853

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 2022 Vol.26 No.3, pp.195 - 211

Received: 06 Jan 2021
Accepted: 23 Aug 2021

Published online: 06 May 2022 *

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