Globalisation has led to a mature market which is flooded with products of all types produced in various corners of this planet. The availability of a sheer number of products means that customers have many choices. Customers never had it so good. Now they can explore a variety of competing products, consider buying them from a variety of retailers and distributors, online or offline.
All this means that those who want to sell in this increasingly crowded market must follow strategies that allow them to stand out from their competition. Employing simple sales techniques doesn’t cut it anymore. Successful sellers must now design their products in line with customer’s current and future needs as well as market trends and competition. Product design and marketing now go hand in hand to make sure that products are produced for the right market and in a way that will benefit their targeted customers.
In this course, delegates will be introduced to the entire process of marketing and see how each area can benefit their organisation. These areas are systematically explored and exercises are provided so that delegates can apply these techniques to specific scenarios or to their own organisation. Delegates will learn about customer’s decision making process, how to segment markets, how to target customers and how to define a marketing mix to target those segments. Many areas such as pricing strategies and various methods of promoting products are explored as well.
Course Objectives :
The course contains various optional exercises that can be used to easily extend the course to 1.5 days or more. The aim of this course is to familiarise delegates with what is involved in marketing using mainly qualitative methods and increase their awareness about various critical areas. This course can be particularly useful for those who are mainly involved in product design or management whose increased knowledge of marketing can help them to produce better products.
The course provides many opportunities to delegates to explore marketing methods used by their own organisations and critically evaluate them with the help of other delegates and the trainer. If delegates are from various organisations, this can provide a great opportunity to borrow marketing ideas from other industries which historically has been a great source of marketing innovation.
Introduction to Marketing
- What is marketing?
- What are the historical approaches to marketing?
- How does modern marketing differ from historical approaches?
- What is involved in a marketing process?
- What techniques are used forsituational analysis?
- How does marketing relate to sales and what does this mean when planning your strategy?
- What is a SWOT analysis and how can you take advantage of it in marketing?
- How customers decide?
- How can you influence customers in each stage of their decision making process?
- How to devise a marketing strategy to appeal to customers in each stage of their decision making process?
- How to segment the market?
- How to target the market based on specific segmentations?
- How to devise amarketing mixand position your products appropriately according to your target market?
- What are various positioning strategies and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Marketing Mix: Product
- What is the life cycle of a product?
- What to consider when developing products in line with your marketing mix?
Marketing Mix: Price
- What is involved in the process of pricing your products?
- How to price your products in line with your objectives?
- What legal issues should you be aware of when pricing?
- What are supply and demand curves and how can you use them when setting up your prices?
- Should you have variations of a single product? If so, how many?
- How to price multiple variations of a product to maximise your profit?
Marketing Mix: Place/Distribution
- What is the importance of distribution and what is involved?
- What are various types of sales channels?
Marketing Mix: Promotion
- How can you promote your product?
- What are the 4 principal elements of promotion?
- How to use viral marketing?
- What is involved in branding?
- What are best practices in marketing?
- What are the critical areas in marketing that can make all the difference?
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