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Fundamentals of nonprofit marketing terms


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Marketing terms can be overwhelming. Use this guide to complement Fundamentals of Nonprofit Marketing Webinar.

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Fundamentals of nonprofit marketing terms

  1. 1. Fundamentals of Nonprofit Marketing TermsThe following terms were chosen from the American Marketing Association’s dictionary. Formore marketing terms, visit .  Audience - The number and/or characteristics of the persons or households who are exposed to a particular type of advertising media or media vehicle.  Brand & Branding - "A brand is a customer experience represented by a collection of images and ideas; often, it refers to a symbol such as a name, logo, slogan, and design scheme. Brand recognition and other reactions are created by the accumulation of experiences with the specific product or service, both directly relating to its use, and through the influence of advertising, design, and media commentary." Source: SEMPO and Wikipedia  Brand Awareness - Brand awareness is a marketing concept that enables marketers to quantify levels and trends in consumer knowledge and awareness of a brands existence. At the aggregate (brand) level, it refers to the proportion of consumers who know of the brand. Source: The MASB Common Language Project. project/  Brand Messaging - Creative messaging that presents and maintains a consistent corporate image across all media channels, including search. Source: SEMPO  Database Marketing - An approach by which computer database technologies are harnessed to design, create, and manage customer data lists containing information about each customers characteristics and history of interactions with the company.  Event Marketing - Promotional strategy linking a company to an event (sponsorship of a sports competition, festival, etc.). Often used as a synonym for “sponsorship.” The latter term is preferable, however, because not all sponsorships involve an event, per se. Source: IEG  Integrated Marketing Communications: A Planning process designed to assure that all brand contacts received by a customer or prospect for a product, service, or organization are relevant to that person and consistent over time.  Macroenvironment - The collection of uncontrollable forces and conditions facing a person or a company, including demographic, economic, natural, technological, political, and cultural forces  Market positioning - Positioning refers to the customers perceptions of the place a product or brand occupies in a market segment. Positioning involves the differentiation of the companys offering from the competition by making or implying a comparison in terms of specific attributes.  Marketing - Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. Source: The MASB Common Language Project.|Page
  2. 2.  Marketing Mix - The mix of controllable marketing variables that the firm uses to pursue the desired level of sales in the target market. The most common classification of these factors is the four-factor classification called the "Four Ps"-price, product, promotion, and place (or distribution). Optimization of the marketing mix is achieved by assigning the amount of the marketing budget to be spent on each element of the marketing mix so as to maximize the total contribution to the firm. Contribution may be measured in terms of sales or profits or in terms of any other organizational goals.  Marketing Objective - The desired or needed result to be achieved by a specific time. An objective is broader than a goal, and one objective can be broken down into a number of specific goals. Like goals, objectives serve to provide guidance, motivation, evaluation, and control.  Marketing Plan - A document composed of an analysis of the current marketing situation, opportunities and threats analysis, marketing objectives, marketing strategy, action programs, and projected or pro-forma income (and other financial) statements. This plan may be the only statement of the strategic direction of a business, but it is more likely to apply only to a specific brand or product. In the latter situation, the marketing plan is an implementation device that is integrated within an overall strategic business plan.  Target Market - The particular segment of a total population on which the retailer focuses its merchandising expertise to satisfy that submarket in order to accomplish its profit objectives  Unique Selling Proposition - An approach to developing the advertising message that concentrates on the uniquely differentiating characteristic of the product that is both important to the customer and a unique strength of the advertised products when compared to competing products.  Value Proposition - “A customer value proposition is the sum total of benefits a customer is promised to receive in return for his or her custom and the associated payment (or other value transfer).“ A customer value proposition is what is promised by a companys marketing and sales efforts, and then fulfilled by its delivery and customer service processes.” Source: Wikipedia Source: SEMPO  Viral Marketing - A marketing phenomenon that facilitates and encourages people to pass along a marketing message. Nicknamed viral because the number of people exposed to a message mimics the process of passing a virus or disease from one person to another.  Word of Mouth Marketing - 1. (consumer behavior definition) This occurs when people share information about products or promotions with friends. UPP/JCO]2|Page