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The Integrated Marketing Framework

The Integrated Marketing Framework
Integrated Marketing: Strategy aimed at combining different marketing methods such as mass marketing, one-to-one marketing, and direct marketing. Marketing in simpler terms means “to take your product to the customers in a convincing manner and coax them to buy it”. And not only that, you need to retain your old customers and lure new customers to your niche. How is that possible! Marketing is a concept that works magic when you project your product in such a way as to attract the customer and also your product should have an edge over that of your competitors’. Many new channels of marketing have flooded the market; the evergreen being advertisements in radio and televisions. The audio visual of your product that is being telecast in a span of thirty seconds to one minute should capture the attention of the viewers and you should see to it that the benefits of your product is communicated to the viewers in a precise manner. The questions that are inevitable to the sales force are, What is your product’s unique selling proposition? What is your distinctive competence? Are you motivating the target audience? Does your product have a brand image? So many things have to be taken into consideration and here comes the word integrated marketing. The exclusive sales force you own is your strength, without which you cannot succeed in the market. Whatever strategies you formulate, action plans you correlate, it is in the hands of your sales team that you are going to capture the market. The marketing plan and ideas have to be communicated to them from the point of conception and the innovative ideas generated from your team can be definitely put into use. Integrated marketing operates on two levels. First the various disciplines of the marketing department that includes, sales force advertising product management new product launch Marketing research, must work in tandem. Secondly, coordination with all the other departments in the firm. After all, business is done for profit. But even then there are some etiquettes to be followed when you are planning to introduce your product into the market. customer satisfaction quality quantity eco friendly Competitive price, are some of the basic principles that go without saying. Besides, the producer also should not deceive the customer or take advantage of the ignorance of the consumer while campaigning for his products. A product should reap you profit and at the same time the customer should get the value for the money paid. A satisfied customer can bring in hundred more customers; it is part of your marketing plan. If you lose one customer then you have lost thousand customers. You cannot bring back a dissatisfied customer into your groove. So the sociology and psychology which you have read only in literature will give you a helping hand in times of need, when you want to satisfy a customer. Integrated marketing combines all the marketing plans; it is a marketing mix that makes a customer happy with the product’s price, availability, promotion and the product as a whole. Hotels and restaurants Hospitals Malls and Departmental stores, are some of the ventures to be mentioned that stands as a testimony for integrated marketing, as they talk about “feasible packages for different classes of economy”. Ultimately marketing can be defined as a network that starts with the customer and ends with the customer in its supply chain...
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Market Research for Product Line

Market Research for Product Line
Market Research for Product Line Management Business firms, whether involved in the manufacture of goods or delivery of services, have to understand the importance of marketing research that would give a fair idea about their territory of operations and the scope for development. Sell Right: 13 Effective Techniques to Boost your Sales Let me first clarify the obvious difference between a market research and marketing research. While market research is confined to only a market which comprises of its potential and actual buyers, a marketing research delves deep into and further beyond, covering all areas of marketing including the market. Identification of Consumer Needs: Identification of consumer needs and satisfying them is vital for the emergence of a buyers market. Although firms manufacture goods that are competitive in terms of quality and price, it is the middlemen, the linking factor between the manufacturer and the wholesaler or retailer, that have a commanding grip on distribution, affecting sales volumes. Extensive marketing research will help firms to solve such problems of middlemen and distribution, to cater to the needs of the ever expanding market. Preference of People: People’s preference always changes resulting in a sea change of market conditions. In order to anticipate and meet any such changes, a firm needs to analyze the market conditions on a day to day basis. Also improving the product design helps a firm to retain its customer base. How does a firm survive in the market without knowing the elemental changes that are happening in its immediate environment? Pricing is one of the crucial factors that determine the acceptance ratio of a product or range of products. A separate department is maintained by some top corporate firms to collect relevant information about the pricing strategies of rival companies that helps them to take the market lead, by quoting competitive prices comparatively. Such secret agendas are a need of the hour to outsmart your rivals. Sales Promotion and Advertisement Campaigns: Another component of the research planning is sales promotion and advertisement campaigns. Sales promotion is solely dependent upon the sales force and the marketing manager has to play a key role in integrating their functions to bring out their strengths. The activities of the sales personnel should be oriented towards targets and a mission without a target is like travelling without knowing the destination. When we talk about advertisements, they not only sell tangible products but also intangible things like morals, values, love etc., So, it becomes even more important for the advertisers to follow some built in standards that does not affect the ethical values of the society concerned and also they should make it a point not to make women a mere object of attraction. The market research that is a part of marketing research includes the study of the following: Market size Market potential Market share Market segments Market trends and seasonal trends Sales forecasting Consumer profile Consumer preference Competitor analysis Measuring the price elasticity of demand and much more. Such marketing research helps a firm to develop a comprehensive plan regarding effective training programmes, sales force management, research and development programmers and effective control mechanisms. It also facilitates efficient decision making and the operational tasks of marketing management, thereby contributing to customer satisfaction and efficiency of the...
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Product Forecasting

Product Forecasting
Product Forecasting – An Analogy What is Product Forecasting: It is the science of predicting the degree of success a new product will enjoy in the marketplace. Forecasting is said to be the first and foremost step in the planning process. One of the requirements for effective long-term planning by managers is to assess the changes in technology and environmental conditions that could affect the firm. This is termed as environmental scanning which facilitates the firm to benchmark its performance as against the top industry standards. Technological forecasting involves anticipating development of new products and processes and the time taken for such kind of innovations to be accepted and absorbed in the market. External Environmental Scanning: Environmental forecasts focus on factors such as population growth, availability of resources, social and political trends that may affect the firm’s future. Business firms become more informative on, The percentage of market share for existing products of the firm Future demand for its product range Decline in sales proportions Consumer feedback about product performance Customer satisfaction Sales team performance level Pitfalls in marketing strategies Need for new product development Unidentified customer needs and so on  All predictive activity is subject to error, but technological and environmental forecasting is particularly different because they often involve assessing ideas and relationship that do not exist at the time the analysis is being performed. These forecasts are best suited for predicting performance a year or two in the future. Plan of Future Course of Action: Based on forecasting, the firm decides the future course of action. Sales forecasts help the firm to decide on the volume of production for the next few months and aid in aggregate capacity planning. Labor productivity is a crucial factor in determining the success of a business environment, especially a production environment. Manpower planning is purely based on production forecasts where in, the labor hour productivity is also taken into consideration. Forecasting Techniques: In the absence of empirical data, the forecasts must be based on expert opinions. Techniques like Delphi method can be used for this purpose. A group of experts is asked to assess a particular situation, presented with the judgments of others in the group, and then asked to reevaluate their individual positions based on what they have heard. The process continues until a consensus is arrived or until it is apparent that there will be no consensus. This helps the firm to consolidate its position with respect to specific problem situations. The Delphi method has been successfully used to forecast the nature and timing of technological change. Techniques like Delphi and Brain storming also help in the process of identification of bottlenecks, the current business trend, the firm’s future prospects, range of estimates for the desired breakthroughs etc. Although the pattern of a business cycle or a product cycle for the most part, follows a fairly predictable pattern, the firm cannot overlook probabilities, upon which the firm has to capitalize on. The firm has to become alert and employ some innovations at that point of time, when the market becomes saturated. Or else, the rate of growth declines and the firm has to decide whether to continue with the operations which calls for additional investment or close down the...
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