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Marketing orientation - tasks

Author: Jim Riley  Last updated: Sunday 23 September, 2012

The process of marketing management is about attracting and retaining customers by offering them desirable products that satisfy needs and meet wants.

Marketing management in a customer-orientated business consists of five key tasks summarised in the table below:

Marketing Task Commentary
Identify target markets
Management have to identify those customers with whom they want to trade. The choice of target markets will be influenced by the wealth consumers hold and the business' ability to serve them
Market research
Management have to collect information on the current and potential needs of customers in the markets they have chosen to supply. Areas to research include how customers buy (which marketing channels are used) and what competitors are offering
Product development
Businesses must develop products and services that meet needs and wants sufficiently to attract target customers to wish and buy
Marketing mix
Having identified the target markets and developed relevant products, management must then determine the price, promotion and distribution for the product. The marketing mix is tailored to offer value to customers, to communicate the offer and to make it accessible and convenient
Market monitoring
The objective in marketing is to first attract customers - and then (most importantly) retain them by building a relationship. In order to do this effectively, they need feedback on customer satisfaction. They also need to feed this back into product design and marketing mix as customer needs and the competitive environment changes

 





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