What Is Marketing?

ISBN: 9781422104606
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication Date: 2006-10-01
Number of pages: 224
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Sometimes you need more then a one-sentence answer. While the term marketing generally refers to what a company does to create value for customers, practicing marketers know they have a major role in setting their company’s strategic direction. Successful marketing requires a deep knowledge of customers, competitors, and collaborators―and great skill in serving customers profitably.

The book provides the foundation for developing those skills and insights. It’s organized according to the design of the first-year marketing course in Harvard Business School’s MBA program. Each chapter was written by HBS faculty and used by MBA students to analyze marketing opportunities and develop and execute successful marketing strategies. Areas covered include:

Consumer behaviorBusiness-to-business marketsThe four P’s-product, placement, promotion and priceMarket segmentation, target market selection, and positioningUnique value propositionsThe design of new products and servicesProduct line extensions and repositioning of exciting businessesBrand valuation and brand equityFulfillment and after-sale serviceDirect, retail, and wholesale distribution channels and networksMarketing communications and promotionsAdvertising, public relations, and choice of mediaPricing for profitabilityPersonal selling and sales managementCustomer relationship management and customer privacyCustomer acquisition, retention, and dismissalBasic math for making marketing decisions

Timeless yet timely, this book provides valuable background information for understanding and interpreting business and competition from a marketing point of view. That makes it useful in both formal and informal educational settings, including on-the-job training. Simply put, it’s required reading for marketing students and a must-have recourse for marketing professionals.

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