An exploratory study of the Internet as an industrial communication tool: Examining buyers' perceptions

Academic Article


  • A thorough understanding of the impact of the Internet on industrial purchase decisions is of critical importance for industrial marketers seeking to incorporate the Internet in their overall communication strategy. Accordingly, this study examines (1) the degree to which purchasing professionals perceive the Internet as useful, (2) how purchasing professionals are using the Internet for communication activities, (3) how the Internet compares to other promotional tools in influencing buyers' purchase decisions, and (4) whether differences among buyers can be identified relative to the perceived influence of suppliers' websites. The results provide some practical implications for industrial marketers regarding the use of the Internet relative to other promotional tools. © 2001 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.
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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Deeter-Schmelz DR; Kennedy KN
  • Start Page

  • 145
  • End Page

  • 154
  • Volume

  • 31
  • Issue

  • 2