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Concepts of marketing


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Basics of the marketing concepts from Philip Kotler

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Concepts of marketing

  1. 1. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 1 | D e b a y a n D u t t a What is Marketing? Marketing is managing profitable customer relationships. The aim of marketing is to create value for customers and to capture value from customers in return. Example: P&G – Tide … “Tide knows fabric best” ad campaign The two fold goal of marketing is to attract new customers by promising superior value and to keep grow current customer by delivering superior value. Example:  Wal-Mart … delivering on its promise … “Save money. Live Better”  Disney Theme park … “Where dreams come true”  Apple … fulfils its motto …”Think Different” Today Marketing must be understood not in the old sense of making a sale – “telling and selling” – but in the new sense of satisfying customer needs. The Marketing Process Fig: 1.1 Understand the marketplace and customer needs and wants Design a customer driven marketing strategy Construct an integrated marketing program that delivers superior value Build profitable relationships and customer delight Capture value from customers to create profits and customer equity Create Value for Customers and build customer relationships Capture Value from Customers in return.
  2. 2. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 2 | D e b a y a n D u t t a Understanding the market place and customer needs and wants 5 core customer and market place concepts: 1. Needs, wants and demands 2. Market offerings (product services and experiences) 3. Value and satisfaction 4. Exchanges and relationships 5. Markets Customer Needs, Wants and Demands Human needs are states of felt deprivation. Example Physical needs (food, shelter), social needs (affection, belonging), Individual needs (knowledge, self-expression). These are not created by marketers; they are basic part of human makeup. Wants are the form of human needs take as they are shaped by culture and individual personality. Demands are wants backed by buying power. Market Offerings – Products, Services and Experiences Consumer’s needs and wants are fulfilled through Market Offerings – some combination of products, services, information, or experiences offered to a market to satisfy a need or want. The mistake of paying more attention to the specific products than the benefits and experiences produced by these products is called Market Myopia. These sellers will have trouble if a new product comes along that serves the customer’s need better or less expensively. The customer will have the same need but will want the new product. Smart marketers look beyond the attributes of the products and services they sell. Example: IPL ….You just don’t watch a cricket match, you immerse yourself in the exhilarating IPL experience. Hewlett-Packard (HP): Recent HP ad … “There is hardly anything that you own is more personal. Your personal computer is your back-up brain, it’s your life ………….. It’s your autobiography, written in a thousand daily words” HP recognizes that a personal computer is much more than just a collection of wires and electrical components. It’s an intensely personal user experience.
  3. 3. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 3 | D e b a y a n D u t t a Value and Satisfaction Customers form expectations about the value and satisfaction that various market offerings will deliver and buy accordingly. Satisfied customers buy again and tell others about their good experiences. Dissatisfied customers often switch to competitors and disparage the products to others. Marketers must be careful to set the right level of expectations. Customer value and customer satisfaction are key building blocks for developing and managing customer relationships. Exchange and Relationships The act of obtaining a desired object from someone by offering something in return is called Exchange. Marketing occurs when people decide to satisfy needs and wants through exchange relationships. Marketing consists of action taken to build and maintain desirable exchange relationships with target audiences involving a product, service idea or other object. Example: A political candidate wants votes, a club wants memberships, a movie wants audience etc. Markets A Market is a set of all actual and potential buyers of a product. These buyers share a particular need or want that can be satisfied through an exchange relationship. Hence the concept of exchange and relationships leads to the concept of a Market.
  4. 4. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 4 | D e b a y a n D u t t a A Modern Marketing System Fig: 1.2 Design a customer driven Marketing Strategy - Marketing Management The art and science of choosing the target markets and building profitable relationships with them is defined as Marketing Management. To design a winning marketing strategy the marketer must answer two important questions 1. What customers will we serve? 2. How can we serve these customers best? SELECTING CUSTOMERS TO SERVE The company decides on who it will serve by first dividing the market into segments (Market Segmentation) and then selecting which segment to go after (Target Marketing). CHOOSING A VALUE PROPOSTION The company must also decide how it will differentiate and position itself in the marketplace. A company’s Value Proposition is the set of benefits or values it promises to deliver to consumers to satisfy their needs. Example: Suppliers Company Competitors Marketing Intermediaries Major environmental forces
  5. 5. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 5 | D e b a y a n D u t t a MARKETING MANAGEMENT ORIENTATIONS There are 5 alternative concepts under which organizations design and carry out their marketing strategies: 1. Production Concept: The idea that the consumers will favour products those are available and highly affordable. Example Lenovo 2. Product Concept: The idea that the consumers will favour products that offers most in quality performance and innovative features. 3. Selling Concept: The idea that the consumers will not buy enough of the firm’s products unless it undertakes a large scale selling and promotion effort. Example insurance 4. Marketing Concept: The marketing concept holds that achieving organizational goals depends on knowing the needs and wants of target markets and delivering the desired satisfactions better than the competitors do. Fig 1.3 5. Societal Marketing Concept: The idea that a company’s marketing decisions should consider consumer’s wants, company’s requirements, consumer’s long run interests and society’s long-run interests. Profits through customer satisfaction Integrated Marketing Customer Needs Market Profits through sales volume Selling and Promoting Existing Products Factory Starting Point Focus Means Ends The selling concept The marketing concept
  6. 6. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 6 | D e b a y a n D u t t a Construct an integrated marketing program that delivers superior value After outlining the company’s marketing strategy, the marketer develops an integrated marketing program that will actually deliver the intended value to the target customers. The marketing program builds customer relationships by transferring marketing strategy into action. It consists of the firm’s marketing mix, the set of marketing tools the firm uses to implement its marketing strategy. The major marketing mix tools are classified into four broad groups, called the four Ps of marketing: Product, Price, Place and Promotion  Product: Anything that can be offered to a market for attention, acquisition, use, or consumption that might satisfy a want or a need. Any activity or benefit that one party can offer to another that is essentially intangible and does not result in ownership of anything is called service. THREE LEVELS OF PRODUCT Fig: 1.4 Three Levels of Product Core Customer Value Actual Product •Features •Design •Packaging •Quality Level •Brand Name Augmented Product •After Sales Service •Warranty •Product Support •Delivery & Credit
  7. 7. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 7 | D e b a y a n D u t t a  Price: The amount of money charged for a product or service, or the sum of the values that customer exchange for the benefits of having or using the product or service. CONSIDERATIONS IN SETTING PRICE Fig: 1.5 Considerations in Setting Price  Place: Once the company decides on the Product and Price, it needs to decide on how it will make the offering available to target consumers, which is the 3rd “P” in marketing mix called place.  Promotion: Finally the company must communicate with target customers about the offering and persuade them of its merits. Build profitable relationships and customer delight The first three steps in the marketing process (understanding the marketplace and customer needs, designing a customer driven marketing strategy and constructing marketing programs) all lead up to the fourth and the most important step: building profitable customer relationships. CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT Customer Relationship Management is the overall process of building and maintaining profitable customer relationships by delivering superior customer value and satisfaction. It deals with all aspects of acquiring, keeping and growing customers. Relationship Building Blocks: Customer Value and Satisfaction Customer Value: The customer’s evaluation of the difference between all the benefits and all the costs of a marketing offer relative to those of competing offers is called customer-perceived value. Customers often face a bewildering array of products and services from which to choose. A customer buys from the firm that offers the highest customer-perceived value. Example: Ammar Belal Customer perceptions of value Other Internal & External considerations Marketing Strategy, Objectives & Mix/Nature of the market & demand/Competitor’s strategies & prices Product Costs Price Ceiling Price Floor
  8. 8. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 8 | D e b a y a n D u t t a Customer Satisfaction: Customer satisfaction depends on the product’s perceived performance relative to a buyer’s expectations. Outstanding marketing companies go out of their way to keep important customers satisfied. Higher levels of customer satisfaction lead to greater customer loyalty, which in turn results in better company performance. Example: Kingfisher Airlines However although the customer-centred firm seeks to deliver high customer satisfaction relative to competitors, it does not attempt to maximize customer satisfaction. A company can always increase its customer satisfaction by lowering its price or increasing its services. But this may result in lower profits. Thus the purpose of marketing is to generate customer value profitability. This requires a very delicate balance. The marketer must continue to generate more customer value and satisfaction but not “give away the house”. Capture value from customers to create profits and customer equity The first four steps in the marketing process outlined in Fig: 1.1 involves building customer relationships by creating and delivering superior customer value. The final step involves capturing value in return in the form of current and future sales, market share, and profits. By creating superior customer value, the firm creates highly satisfied customers who stay loyal and buy more. This is turn means greater long term returns for the firm. CUSTOMER LOYALTY AND RETENTION Good customer relationship management creates customer delight. In turn, delighted customers remain loyal and talk favourably to others about the company and its products. Studies show big differences in the loyalty of customers who are less satisfied, somewhat satisfied and completely satisfied. Even a slight drop from the complete satisfaction can create an enormous drop in loyalty. Thus the aim of customer relationship management is to create not just customer satisfaction, but customer delight. Example: Shoppers Stop “First Citizen” Companies are realizing that losing a customer means losing more than a single sale. It means losing the entire stream of purchases that the customer would make over a lifetime of patronage. This is called customer lifetime value. Example: Stew Leonard
  9. 9. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 9 | D e b a y a n D u t t a GROWING SHARE OF CUSTOMER Share of Customer implies the portion of the customer’s purchasing that the company gets in its product categories. To increase share of customer, firms can offer greater variety to current customers. Or they can create programs to cross-sell and up-sell in order to market more products and services to existing customers. Example: Amazon BUILDING CUSTOMER EQUITY Customer Equity is the total combined customer lifetime values of all the company’s current and potential customers. Clearly the more loyal the firm’s profitable customers, higher the firm’s customer equity. Customer Equity may be a better measure of a firm’s performance than current sales or market share. Whereas sales and market share reflect the past, customer equity suggests the future. Example: Cadillac
  10. 10. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 10 | D e b a y a n D u t t a BUILDING THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE RIGHT CUSTOMERS Companies should manage customer equity carefully. They should view customers as assets that need to be managed and maximized. But not all customers, not even all loyal customers, are good investments. Surprisingly, some loyal customers can be unprofitable, and some disloyal customers can be profitable. The company can classify customers according to their potential profitability and manage the relationships with them accordingly. The Customer Relationship Groups is described in Fig: 1.4. Fig: 1.6 Customer Relationship Groups Each group requires a different relationship management strategy. “Strangers” show low potential profitability and little projected loyalty. There is little fit between company’s offerings and their needs. Relationship management strategy for these customers is … “Don’t invest anything in them”. “Butterflies” are potentially profitable but not loyal. There is a good fit between company’s offering and their needs. Efforts to convert butterflies into loyal customers are rarely successful. Instead the company should enjoy the butterflies for the moment. It should use promotional blitzes to attract them, create satisfying and profitable transactions with them, and then cease investing in them until the next time around.
  11. 11. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 11 | D e b a y a n D u t t a “True Friends” are both profitable and loyal. There is a strong fit between their needs and the company’s offerings. The firm wants to make continuous relationship investments to delight these customers and nurture, retain and grow them. “Barnacles” are highly loyal but not profitable. There is limited fit between their needs and company’s offerings. The company might be able to improve their profitability by selling them more, raising their fees, or reducing service to them. However if they cannot be made profitable, they should be fired. To Summarise Marketing is the process of building profitable customer relationships by creating value for customers and capturing value in return. There are 5 steps of Marketing Process. 1. Understanding marketplace and customer needs and wants a. Research customers and the market place b. Manage marketing information and customer data 2. Design customer driven marketing strategy a. Select customers to serve: market segmentation and targeting b. Decide on a value proposition: differentiation and positioning 3. Construct an integrated marketing program that delivers superior value a. Product and service design: build strong brands b. Pricing: create real value c. Distribution: manage demand and supply chain d. Promotion: communicate the value proposition 4. Build profitable relationships and create customer delight a. Customer relationship management: build strong relationships with chosen customers b. Partner relationship management: build strong relationships with marketing partners 5. Capturing value from customers to create profits and customer equity a. Create satisfied, loyal customers b. Capture customer lifetime value c. Increase share of market and share of customer The first four steps of Marketing Process focus on creating Value for Customers, whereas the final step in the marketing process focus on capturing Value from Customers in return. Finally, in the face of today’s changing marketing landscape, companies must take into account three additional factors. In building customer and partner relationships, they must harness Marketing Technology, take advantage of Global Opportunities, and ensure that they act in an Ethical and Socially Responsible way.
  12. 12. CONCEPT OF MARKETING 12 | D e b a y a n D u t t a WORKBOOK 1. Define marketing and outline the steps in the marketing process 2. Explain the difference between share of customer and customer equity with an example. Why are these concepts important to marketers? 3. Explain the concept of Market Myopia with an example. 4. Explain the process of delivering the intended value to the target customer. 5. What are the five different marketing management orientations? Justify each of them with appropriate examples. GROUP ACTIVITY 1. In a group of 5 develop a marketing plan for a company a. Who is your target market? b. How will you enable customers to get the best value? c. Define what you mean by value and develop the value proposition of your offering for this target market