BUYER BEHAVIOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES: AFTER STUDYING THIS CHAPTER YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO: Describe Consumer buying decision process Describe factors affecting consumer buying behaviour Describe the business buying behaviour and the influencing factors
INTRODUCTIONWhy do we need to study about buying behaviour ? - To find out how people make their buying decisions- To identify the factors that influence those decisions. In this chapter looks at 2 types of buyer behaviour : Consumers and Business buyers
Consumer Buying BehaviourDefinition of consumers…Consumers….- Individuals who buys product and services for themselves or on behalf of their households.- The final users or end users of these products.Consumer buying behaviour… -- Describes the process of how consumers make purchase decisions and how they use the purchased products. Therefore you need understand : How the decision making process comes about? Why consumers make the purchases that they make? What are the factors influences them to purchase?
CONSUMER BUYING DECISION –MAKING PROCESS Need recognition Information search Evaluation of alternatives Purchase decision Post-purchase behaviour
Need recognition Buyer recognizing a problem or need.Need is realised through : - Internal Stimuli – aware of the need due to physical or psychologic e.g hunger and thirst- External stimuli – triggered by an advertisement on TV, brand name Marketers can create needs on part of the customer. As we all know, want exists when you have an unfulfilled needs and you have identified those needs. Example : Children might want toys, adults might want a lower cholesterol Nasi Lemak. By gathering information, marketers can identify stimuli that stimulate in the product and try to develop marketing programmes that take into account these stimuli.
Information search• Customers search information about various alternatives available to satisfy their wants.• These can be obtain through various sources :1. Personal sources: Family members, friends, neighbours2. Commercial sources : advertising, dealers, salesperson, displays3. Public sources – Mass media, customer – rating organization4. Experiential sources – from own or others experiences of using the product
Evaluation of alternatives• At this point, customer is ready to make decision.• Customer uses info about the product, evaluate and compares the alternatives.• Several steps involves in evaluating : Benefit of the product The importance of each benefit Brand beliefs Functions of the product Cost Satisfaction that can be derived from the product
Purchase decision• Customer decide which product to buy or not buy at all.• Customer will also decide on where, why, when and how to pay for the product Post-purchase behaviour• Consumer assess on the product after the purchase to determine whether he / she is satisfied with the product or not.
FACTORS AFFECTING CONSUMER BUYING BEHAVIOUR Consumer Buying BehaviourCultural factors Social factors Personal factors Psycholocal factorsCulture Reference group Age & life cycle MotivationSubculture Family Occupation PerceptionSocial class Roles and status Economic situation Learning Lifestyle Personality Attitudes Self-Concept
Cultural factors• Culture…- Refers to a set of vale, ideas and attitudes and transmitted or passed down to the next generation- Determines what people should wear, eat …Example… its common to find Malaysians to be eating in the open air restaurants in the middle of the night.• Subculture…- Include nationalities, geographic regions, racial groups- Example the common colour that depict Chinese New Year for the chinese is red and most decorations are all in red and therefore all product should be associated with red colour.• Social class- Measured and related to occupation, income, education and wealth and share common interests and behaviors.- In US for example they are generally categorized into upper , middle and lower class
Social factors• Members of a society have an influence on consumer’s buying decisions.• We need to address the influence of reference group, family, roles and status of a person in a society on consumer buying decision.a) Reference group - Groups in society with which a person interacts.- Act as a point of reference for consumers in making their decisions.- Example of products : automobile, TV, clothing 3 Types of reference group : Direct membership groups – face to face membership group Divided into 2 groups : Primary membership groups – Interact regularly, informal face to face eg. family, friends Secondary membership groups – associate less and more formal e.g clubs,religious groups,professional group
• Indirect membership groups- Groups which one is not a member- 2 types : Aspirational groups – groups one would like to join and must confirm to the groups norms ( attitude deemed acceptable by the group) Example, many firms use athletes as spokespeople, and these represent what many people would ideally like to be. Non-aspirational groups- Groups which individual does not want to be associated or be identified• Opinion Leader- Person of influence with in a group due to his or her knowledge, skills, character- Example : David Beckham have strong influence on publicb. ) FamilyMarketers must understand that the family unit makes many family decisions.Purchase & information roles within family1. Instigator : suggest, initiate the purchasing process
2. Influencer: provide opinions that will influence the buyer3. Decision maker: Decide whether to buy or not to buy4. Purchasers: someone who purchases the product5. Consumers: someone who uses the productC.) Roles and status- Roles consists of activities people are expected to perform according to people round them.- Example: Zul plays the role of a father to his children.- Each role carry status- Example : Zul role in his company as a Marketing Manger has a higher status in the society than the role of a father.- People often choose products that show their status in the society.
Personal factorsPersonal factors that affect personal factors include :a.) Age and life cycle stage- People change the way the purchase as their age increases.- Example : from baby – teenagers – adult- It is also influenced by the family lifecycle stage : from singles to married with or without childrenb.) Occupation - Occupations may also affect customers buying behaviour.- Example: shoe manufacturer will design different type of shoes for office workers or at the construction sites.d.) Economic situation- Recession is one of the economic indicator that will affect consumers buying behaviour.- Marketers need to take steps in redesigning or repricing their products based on the current economic conditions
d.) LifestylePerson coming from the same social class and occupation for example may have different lifestyle.Lifestyle is a person’s way of living and reflected by their activities, interests and opinions ( AIO ) Activites – work, study, dining, sleeping Interests – travel, entertainment, food Opinions - on social issues, product, politicse.) Personality- Personality traits are the characteristics to describe personality traits.- Example: friendly, nerdy, happy-go-lucky- Example: Nike linked to personality ‘Confidence’f.) Self-Concept- Also known as self-image- How consumer perceives them selves in terms of attitudes, beliefs, and self evaluations.- Example: the product they buy or the credit card they carry support their self-image The new Nescafe Gold is for those ‘who appreciate the finer things in life’
Psychological FactorsThe psychological factors that affect purchasing behaviour are :a.) Motivation- What motivates the consumer to purchase the product.- Motives are driving forces that cause a person to take action to satisfy needs.- Please take note on Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’.b.) Perceptions.- We all perceive situation differently- Different people perceive picture differently due to the following perceptual processes: 1. Selective attention: Aware of certain points and ignore others 2. Selective distortion: Change information to fit in with current belief 3. Selective retention: Remember points that support beliefs and ignore others- Customers perception towards products : package design, brand name may affect their buying behaviour.c.) Learning- Changes in an individual’s behaviour from experience.- To change consumer behaviour towards your product, you need to educate them or giving away new information.- Example: Free sample, repetition of advertising messages instead of clustered at one time.
d.) Attitudes- Feelings of like or dislike towards an object or an idea.- Consumer attitudes toward a product greatly influence the success of failure of a firm’s marketing strategy. TYPES OF BUYING BEHAVIOURThere are 4 types pf buying behahiour :1. Complex Buying Behaviour- Customers eek extensive decisions as they are unfamiliar with the product or purchase infrequently.- Products are typically expensive- Spend time to look for information- Example: House, Car, Computer2. Dissonance Buying Behaviour- Highly involved in the purchase but not able to see the differences among brand choices.- Example; Leather sofa, kitchen cabinet- Consumers categorize the difference in accordance to price range.
3. Habitual Buying Behavior- Frequently purchased- Low costs items- Little search and decision effort- Example: Food, snacks, drinks4. Variety-seeking buying behaviour- Low Consumer involvement- See large difference among brands- Example: Consumers change preference for certain body soap for variations although satisfied with the current brand.