Entrepreneurial Marketing Strategy of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Pandemic Covid-19 Era

Ernani Hadiyati , Ferdian Hendrasto
International Journal of Economics and Business Administration, Volume IX, Issue 2, 178-191, 2021
DOI: 10.35808/ijeba/696


Purpose: The Indonesian economy's core strength comes from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). However, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic causes problems for MSMEs, for example, decreased sales, difficulties in financial aspects, slow distribution of products, and raw materials shortage. The problems of MSME during the Covid-19 pandemic require entrepreneurs' readiness to survive and sustain their business. Entrepreneurial marketing is a suitable paradigm to be implemented by MSME entrepreneurs during the Covid-19 pandemic. The research objective is to determine the entrepreneurial marketing strategy plan for MSMEs during the Covid-19 pandemic. Research Methods: The research informants were government officials of Industry and Trade, MSME, and academicians. The data analysis model used a SWOT analysis based on IFAS and EFAS assessments. The strategic plan was positioned on the SWOT matrix with the values of strength, weakness, opportunity, and threats. Findings: The results show that the SWOT matrix's entrepreneurial marketing strategy plan is in the position of Quadrant one. The entrepreneurial marketing strategy that should be applied in the quadrant is to support an aggressive growth policy. Practical Implications: This aggressive growth strategy focuses on using the company's strengths to take advantage of various business opportunities during the Covid -19 pandemic. Originality value: This study contributes to the survivability of MSMEs in Indonesia, especially during the Covid-19, and shows practitioners to harness the inner strength of their businesses and pursue proactive marketing policy.

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