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As the primary focus of the global economy has moved from agriculture to manufacturing to services-dominated economies, the realisation that 'we are all in services' has finally dawned. Services marketing has developed, as a result, and is now a well-established sub-discipline of marketing, with its own theories and body of knowledge.
This volume deals with the unique difficulties of marketing what is essentially an intangible entity and focuses on the most contemporary debates, research and managerial demands in this very challenging business domain. This second edition offers new case studies from contemporary business situations, where consumers are highly informed and discriminating.
These real world examples illustrate how service providers should refine their marketing approach and practice in order to remain competitive in the global market.
With businesses competing globally more than ever before, and with the increased use of social media for marketing, companies are realising that they need to do more to add value to their products and services, and to enhance and manage the customer experience. In order to meet the expectations of today’s demanding and changing consumer, marketers and students of marketing alike need to be aware of the latest trends in marketing methods and technologies and how to use them to attract and keep customers.
With a user-friendly layout highlighting definitions, examples, case studies and websites, this third edition of Marketing Management: A South African Perspective gives undergraduate students a comprehensive understanding of marketing – at a practical and academic level.
Contributions from leaders in the field of marketing in South Africa and from academics at leading universities, locally and internationally, will ensure that this edition becomes as highly regarded as its predecessors.
Consumer Behaviour 4e focuses on consumer needs, buying behaviour, and the art of customer satisfaction. It provides invaluable insight into the psychology behind consumer thinking, emotions, experiences and reasoning, as well as how choices between products/services, suppliers and product brands are made.
A unique perspective on consumer information-processing, decision-making and buying patterns is emphasised through the lens of culture, family, media and values. This perspective will inform academics in the marketing field as well as industry practitioners on how customised marketing strategies can be developed to effectively reach each consumer.
The significant impact of the growth of the millennial market segment, the use of digital technology, and access to shared experiences through social media and other online channels, is also explored.
Applied strategic marketing discusses the strategic role of marketing management in modern organisations. The focus is on how managers choose and manage the markets they serve, how they handle competition and what strategies they devise in order to build brand value and customer relationships. This book guides the reader through the different phases of the strategic planning process and provides a framework for designing and implementing a marketing plan. Building on the success of the third edition's chapters customer analysis, brand and relationship building strategies and measurements of marketing strategies, the revised fourth edition also deals with contemporary issues such as globalisation, sustainability and innovation. Applied strategic marketing in anchored in the South African environment and discusses the impact of global trends. This book offers great value to students and practitioners of strategic marketing.
This new edition of Contemporary Retail and Marketing Case Studies is a collection of 34 studies of retail and marketing operations as told by individual companies.
Small, medium and larger companies relate the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them, and share their successes and frustrations in a frank and open manner. Each case is unique in its own way and addresses issues which are pertinent and relevant to the South African retail and marketing environment.
The value of this collection is that:
This book is a must-read for scholars, students and people concerned with the retail and marketing industry.
A thorough understanding of the basics of marketing is essential for any marketing practitioner and student of marketing. Marketing: An introduction is a valuable tool which describes the foundational aspects of marketing and enables a basic understanding of this field. This book has a strong focus on the principles of marketing, the importance and use of social media, and the integration of marketing principles with other business functions. The book is written in an accessible style and is presented in an easy-to-understand format which makes teaching and learning about the principles of marketing much simpler. Marketing: An introduction is written by authors with many years of experience in the field of marketing, who have published a number of books and articles on this subject.
The first of its kind in South Africa, Brand Management constitutes an invaluable tool for the growing number of academic institutions that offer this exciting subject. Making use of both local and international examples and cases, the subject is approached from a holistic, yet applied perspective. Written in an accessible style, this book assists both students and practitioners to develop the ability to manage brands from the outset to the ultimate outcome. This text is an invaluable reference work for practising professionals, written by authors who have extensive academic and professional expertise and international exposure.
Understanding the customer, identifying opportunities and threats in the market and integrating the elements of marketing in a suitable and winning combination are all paramount to the survival of organisations in the 21st century. Essentials of Marketing explains the fundamental aspects of marketing alike. It is a must-have resource for those responsible for keeping their organisations abreast with the latest developments in the marketing environment.
A quick glance at the book might not reveal many changes, but a number of significant changes have in fact been made. Many chapters have been restructured to address topics that were missing from the first and second edition, whilst some small topics have been excluded to more finely focus on the key issues. The main change from the second edition is the addition of a full chapter on research ethics and attention is given to establishing its principles. Chapters relating to data analysis have been slightly revamped to make it easier for the reader to understand the key concepts. Finally, changes and updates have been made to examples, questions and case studies at the end of each chapter, to make them more relevant to current research practices.
Whether you work in a small or large firm, Fundamentals of e-marketing will provide you with what you need to know to take advantage of the ever-expanding e-marketspace. Key features: The context of marketing; websites as a marketing tool; banner advertising; search engine marketing; blogs; affiliate marketing; viral marketing; social media marketing; mobile marketing; e-marketing strategies.
All organisations – from modest start-ups to multinational corporations – can benefit from an effective marketing strategy, as it serves as a roadmap for the entire business. By formulating a coherent and well-considered marketing strategy, organisations can promote their business, cater to the right types of clients and allocate their resources correctly, all while safeguarding the reputation of the organisation.
Strategic Marketing is structured around the four key questions facing organisations and top management when deciding on their strategic direction:
1. Where are we now?
In addressing these questions, the book covers topics such as:
Written with the undergraduate student in mind, Strategic Marketing offers a comprehensive view of the current developments and challenges facing the marketing world, and shows how an effective strategic basis is a valuable tool for addressing these challenges and providing strategic direction to the organisation. In this new edition two new chapters on branding and electronic marketing strategies have been included, making this an essential guide to contemporary strategic marketing.
The all-new Applied Marketing Cases is an engaging collection of case studies written by owners, entrepreneurs and corporates (from SMMEs to larger companies). They share their frustrations, successes and challenges on starting and running successful businesses. The stories are unique and inspiring to students, practitioners and would-be entrepreneurs.
Simple, relevant and practical, Applied Marketing Cases is a must-read for entrepreneurs and business students alike.
Business-to-business marketing is the first B2B marketing book in South Africa written by local academics. Its content therefore includes material to which South African students of B2B marketing can relate more easily. This book is about businesses marketing their products and services to other businesses and covers concepts related to this environment. It gives valuable insights into business-to-business marketing management, as well as analysing B2B buying practices, supply chain management, the selection of business customers and the development of a B2B marketing strategy. It provides readers with an understanding of what B2B marketing is and how it differs from business-to-consumer (B2C) marketing. The book has a strong theoretical basis, while also exploring many case studies from a South African perspective.
International marketing combines foundational marketing theory and practice and illustrates the latest advances in international trade agreements and legislation with specific reference to the Southern African region. The text combines foundational international marketing theory with practical experience. International marketing is the only South African-based textbook written by a team of South African academics and practitioners.
As an introduction to branding, Fundamentals of branding provides students with an overview of the building blocks of branding, which include: the influence of branding on marketing decisions; the role and place of branding in the organisation; the various elements of branding; packaging the brand; positioning the brand; planning, leveraging and extending the brand; evaluating the brand. The book contains a chapter with real-life branding case studies which illustrates the practical application of the topics discussed in this book. This is a very useful resource for students who struggle to apply theory learned to real-life situations.
Sales management is a management function that plays an important role in any marketing and sales organisation. The profitability of the organisation depends on how successfully sales managers lead their salespeople. The sales manager is responsible for the strategic planning of the sales force that includes the management of the selling process and organising the sales activities within the sales department.
Also included in this book are two other functions that are becoming important for sales managers in performing their management tasks, namely sales promotions and sales metrics. Each chapter includes specific outcomes, case studies and discussion questions.
This textbook will be a valuable resource for sales managers who want to improve their knowledge, sales people who want to advance their careers and students studying marketing and sales.
The development of Relationship Marketing (RM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) has forced a change in thinking among marketers about the meaning of marketing and its role and function within an organisation. One such change is the way in which organisations relate to their customers. Organisations today need to adopt a more focused approach to interacting with customers while also developing clear strategies for building relationships not only with these customers but with all stakeholders.
This introductory textbook provides a thorough guide to the management of food and beverage outlets, from their day-to-day running through to the wider concerns of the hospitality industry. It explores the broad range of subject areas that encompass the food and beverage market and its five main sectors - fast food and popular catering, hotels and quality restaurants and functional, industrial, and welfare catering. New to this edition are: Case studies covering the latest industry developments within a wide range of businesses from the UK, the USA and worldwide to help you understand how these ideas work in practice Coverage of contemporary environmental concerns, such as sourcing, sustainability and responsible farming. Issues of how to maintain financial control of a business, handling staff and how to market your operation before discussing ways in which you can deliver quality to the customer It looks at some of the trends affecting the food and beverage industry covering consumers, the environment, ethical concerns as well as developments in technology Updated companion website including case studies, multiple choice questions, PowerPoint slides, revision notes, true or false questions, short answer questions at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780080966700/ It is illustrated in full colour and contains end-of-chapter summaries and revision questions to test the readers' knowledge as they progress. Written by authors with many years of industry practice and teaching experience, this book is the ideal guide to the subject for hospitality students and industry practitioners alike.
Understanding consumers and the way they behave is crucial to the success of any business. In these times of economic uncertainty and reduced customer expenditure, ensuring that the consumer's wants and needs are met, forms part of the strategic planning of all organisations - big or small. Consumers, by means of their buying behaviour, exert influence on businesses and compel them to act in certain ways. Understanding consumer behaviour is therefore imperative, as it provides information to businesses on how to plan their marketing activities and sustain themselves as commercially viable and useful entities.
The world of integrated marketing communication (IMC) has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, due in large part to the expansion and advances in digital media technology. These changes have affected clients, consumers and advertisers alike. While offering the main marketing communication tools, Marketing communication: An integrated approach deals with the past, present and future of IMC and the impact this has had on the pace and demands of effective persuasive communication in the current digital age. It is also the first IMC textbook to cover in detail alternative communication strategies and how their unconventional and disruptive tactics have been integrated into our daily lives.
The research techniques and methods discussed are applied to researching advertising, mass-media audiences, mass-media efficiency and organisational and development contexts. The research problems or issues addressed are also relevant to other communication fields, including political, government, marketing, intercultural, health and interpersonal and small-group communication, plus information and communications technology.
This second edition elaborates on the application of additional measurement scales and of content analysis. It contains more practical examples of the application of scientific criteria and it includes additional marginal notes that facilitate the comprehension of key concepts.
It is widely recognised that sales and marketing are the two business functions that contribute directly to the bottom line of any organisation.
Marketing is more than a sequence of steps or a strategic process; it is also a mindset that leads to good business philosophy. The marketing mindset focuses wholeheartedly on customers and the satisfaction of customers’ needs while aiming to influence the entire organisation to strive towards customer satisfaction. Sales, on the other hand, is that business function that ultimately closes the deal and brings the customer and the business together. Without sales, the customer would never achieve need satisfaction and the organisation would never meet its objectives. The ultimate goal of meeting the customer’s needs brings these two seemingly different fields together.
Fundamentals of Sales and Marketing serves to provide a fundamental understanding of both sales and marketing by equipping the reader with theoretical knowledge and practical examples that are applicable to a South African context.
Teaching you how to use online tools to reach your customers. In today's increasingly digital world, marketing is going online. From companies to individuals, people are seeking new and creative ways to promote their products and themselves in the virtual realm. Websites, email and social media are reaching out to customers at home, in the office or on the move, and finding ways to engage with them. The virtual world has many benefits, but not everyone is familiar enough with digital channels to use them to maximum potential. This is where e-Marketing in the South African context comes into play. This comprehensive book focuses on the critical issues associated with e-marketing in the South African context. It is written in an easy-to-read and practical fashion that will help readers grasp the relevant technologies and concepts presented in the book. And it provides a strategic perspective as well as metrics to help achieve the goal of successful e-marketing.
Advances in technology and the change in customer profiles have changed advertising and sales as they have traditionally been conceived, forever. Marketers need to adapt their advertising and sales approaches in order to reach their rapidly changing market and keep up with their clients and customers. Advertising and sales promotion focuses on the main advertising media and sales approaches and the impact these have on the demands and pace of effective, persuasive communication in the current digital age.
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