Wild swings in oil prices have wreaked havoc on energy company finances in recent years, prompting several to lock in their price to avoid further shocks. However, those price hedges have been a boon to some companies and a curse to others.
For example, a clothing manufacturer may consider a number of possible target markets — toddlers, athletes, grandparents, teenagers and tourists. A general profile of each of these potential markets will reveal which ones are most realistic, pose less risk and are more likely to show a profit. A test market survey of the most likely target groups, or those who buy for them, such as parents for babies and toddlers, can help you separate real target markets from unlikely possibilities.
A firm focusing on a production orientation specializes in producing as much as possible of a given product or service in order to achieve economies of scale or economies of scope. A production orientation may be deployed when a high demand for a product or service exists, coupled with certainty that consumer tastes and preferences remain relatively constant (similar to the sales orientation). The so-called production era is thought to have dominated marketing practice from the 1860s to the 1930s, but other theorists argue that evidence of the production orientation can still be found in some companies or industries. Specifically Kotler and Armstrong note that the production philosophy is “one of the oldest philosophies that guides sellers… [and] is still useful in some situations.” [27]
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A company limited by guarantee. Commonly used where companies are formed for noncommercial purposes, such as clubs or charities. The members guarantee the payment of certain (usually nominal) amounts if the company goes into insolvent liquidation, but otherwise, they have no economic rights in relation to the company. This type of company is common in England. A company limited by guarantee may be with or without having share capital.
The product’s sales/revenue is increasing, which may stimulate more marketing communications to sustain sales. More entrants enter into the market, to reap the apparent high profits that the industry is producing.
Jump up ^ Smith, W.R., “Product Differentiation and Market Segmentation as Alternative Marketing Strategies,” Journal of Marketing, Vol. 21, No. 1 , 1956, pp. 3–8 and reprinted in Marketing Management, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1995, pp. 63–65

“The benefit of traditional marketing is that you can reach a lot of people in your audience via print, radio, TV ads and outdoor advertising,” says Paige Arnof-Fenn, founder and CEO of Mavens & Moguls. She goes on to explain that this form of marketing can be expensive, which is why many companies have resorted to digital marketing tactics.
Some authors cite a further P – Packaging – this is thought by many to be part of Product, but in certain markets (Japan, China for example) and with certain products (perfume, cosmetics) the packaging of a product has a greater importance – maybe even than the product itself.
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Jump up ^ Kerr, F., Patti, C. and Ichul, K., “An Inside-out Approach to Integrated Marketing Communications: An International Perspective,” International Journal of Advertising, Vol. 27, No.4, 2008, pp 531-540
A limited liability company. “A company—statutorily authorized in certain states—that is characterized by limited liability, management by members or managers, and limitations on ownership transfer”, i.e., L.L.C.[12] LLC structure has been called “hybrid” in that it “combines the characteristics of a corporation and of a partnership or sole proprietorship”. Like a corporation, it has limited liability for members of the company, and like a partnership it has “flow-through taxation to the members” and must be “dissolved upon the death or bankruptcy of a member”.[14]
A company limited by guarantee with a share capital. A hybrid entity, usually used where the company is formed for noncommercial purposes, but the activities of the company are partly funded by investors who expect a return. This type of company may no longer be formed in the UK, although provisions still exist in law for them to exist.[13]
The term “marketing” covers a lot of different activities — all associated with selling your company’s products and services. Advertising is the most obvious marketing activity, but so is consumer research, which better matches your product to consumer wants and needs. Product design, also, is a form of marketing, as it helps match your company’s products and services to known customer needs.
Being adaptive, collaborative and iterative are necessary skills for any marketing person or company when we live in a world where Google can pull the rug out from us at a moment’s notice. These are the basic characteristics that form the foundation of agile marketing,…
Jump up ^ Fisk, R.P., Brown, W. and Bitner, M.J., “Tracking the Evolution of Services Marketing Literature, Journal of Retailing, vol. 41 (April), 1993; Booms, B. and Bitner, M. J. “Marketing Strategies and Organizational Structures for Service Firms” in James H. Donnelly and William R. George (eds), Marketing of Services, Chicago: American Marketing Association, 47–51; Rafiq,M. and Ahmed,P.K. “Using the 7Ps as a Generic Marketing mix: An Exploratory Survey of UK and European Marketing Academics”, Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 13, no. 9, pp 4–15
In our last blog we focused on the values of agile marketing, and in this post we’ll explain how these values translate into benefits for yourself and your company. Agile marketing guru Jim Ewel touches on four of those main benefits. Benefits of agile marketing…
Jump up ^ Holloway, S. S.; Parmigiani, A. (2014). “Friends and Profits Don’t Mix: The Performance Implications of Repeated Partnerships”. Academy of Management Journal. 59 (2): 460. doi:10.5465/amj.2013.0581.
Companies that respond quickly to consumer preferences raise consumer awareness and increase brand satisfaction and loyalty. Netflix, for example, uses other media, such as The New York Times, to spread and increase consumer awareness with lists of upcoming films and series.
Some businesses are subject to ongoing special regulation, for example, public utilities, investment securities, banking, insurance, broadcasting, aviation, and health care providers. Environmental regulations are also very complex and can affect many businesses.
Generally speaking, an organisation’s marketing planning process is derived from its overall business strategy. Thus, when top management are devising the firm’s strategic direction/mission, the intended marketing activities are incorporated into this plan.
The Marketing major at the Alberta School of Business is built on the strength of our faculty’s world-class research in the areas of retailing, market research, and consumer behavior. The major combines research-based principles with innovative teaching methods; in addition to lectures and discussions, you’ll participate in managerial cases, group projects, and market simulations. You’ll also develop practical skills in areas such as consumer and market analysis, managerial decision-making, and implementing marketing programs, preparing you to engage in sophisticated marketing practice.
The term “marketing environment” relates to all of the factors (whether internal, external, direct or indirect) that affect a firm’s marketing decision-making/planning. A firm’s marketing environment consists of three main areas, which are: