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People—A Part of the Marketing Mix

Posted by Jaco Grobbelaar on Mon, Dec 03, 2012 @ 05:54 AM

What do most sets of the marketing mix containing 7 Ps include? In the last two blogs you saw two sets of the three items within the marketing mix 7 Ps. One set included: packaging, positioning and people. The other set included: process, physical evidence and people. You guessed it.  Both marketing mix groups  include “people.” At this point we are not talking about your customers, but the people in your organization that are a part of giving service or delivering products. Let's look at an example.

What is Your Favorite Restaurant?

Do you go there because people know you and are glad to see you? Perhaps you go there because you know you will get good service every time you go. You might go because you know that you will receive the same good quality meal. A restaurant offers both service and products that are reasons why you go there, or not.  Both service and product are delivered by people.

The marketing mix P for people is based on Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and the relationship with people that your client or customer deals with at the company. Your business person can recruit a customer, retain that customer and encourage your customer to remain a customer in the future. This is where people underpin the long-term customer relationship.

Let’s look at some ways that those people working for you add value to an experience as a part of the marketing mix. We will examine training, types of sales personnel and customer service.

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Topics: marketing mix, the 7 Ps, p for people

3 Different Final Ps for a Service Marketing Mix

Posted by Jaco Grobbelaar on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 05:53 AM

When we looked at the marketing mix in previous blogs we talked more about actual products, but can the marketing mix work if you perform a service as your business? First thing we need to do is set the stage by looking briefly at the five characteristics that make a service: Lack of ownership, Intangibility, Inseparability, Perishability and Heterogeneity.  I can see you scratching your heads so let’s spend a little time discussing these.

Characteristics of a service

Lack of ownership-You don’t own a service and you can’t put it into storage like an actual item. Services are used or hired. For example, a painter comes to your house to give the outside a fresh coat of paint.  His service lasts until he finished. While you now have a good looking house, you cannot take the painter’s work home with you.

Intangibility- You are not able to hold or touch a service like you could a can of paint. A service is something that the customer experiences. Experiences are not physical things.

Inseparability-You cannot separate the service from the service provide. If you sold widgets, people could buy one and take it home. But you need the service provider to do what you need done. You needed the painter to paint your house.

Perishability-Services last a specific amount of time and you can’t store it to use later. Think electric company. You can’t save the electricity although you can save money by taking certain measures. Your electricity started on a certain date; and if you don’t pay your bill, it will be cut off on a certain date.

Heterogeneity-Businesses have systems and procedures they follow to provide consistent service, but is very hard to make each service experience the same.  It’s like two identical plane trips may be different because of things like the weather and the screaming baby that are beyond the airline’s control.

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Topics: marketing mix, Internet Marketing Strategy, the 7 Ps

3 More Marketing Mix Ps

Posted by Jaco Grobbelaar on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 @ 05:55 AM

When it comes to your marketing mix you need to mind your Ps and Qs, or at least your Ps. We have spent a lot of time talking about the 4 Ps of the marketing mix, but there are 3 more Ps that are often mentioned in addition to the first 4 Ps. One set of the next group include packaging, positioning and people.

First a quick reminder of the first 4 Ps:

Product- Based upon the marketing mix strategy, what products and or services fit your business? On the service side, perhaps you own a 24-hour emergency service that arrives at the home within 30 minutes. On products, your business decides to carry and use top grade Kohler plumbing fixtures. Using an online marketing mix strategy, you could offer a free e-book to educate the homeowner about the value and benefits of these products and services.

Price- What's your Price position in the market? Based upon the target market you've chose, are you the discount provider, mid-range, affordable option, or the premium price business? The Denver Plumbing business operates using premium pricing in their marketing mix.

Place- Place is both where you offer your products and services, and where you will market your business. Going back to the Denver Plumbing business, they target the South Denver Upper Income neighborhood to provide their services. Many of these homeowners are busy, two-income professionals who use the Internet, social media, and mobile phones to locate local businesses. It makes sense for this business to use online marketing as well conventional means to reach these homeowners.

Promotion- What media will be used to deliver your marketing message? The Denver Plumbing business decides to use paid online ads, search engine optimization, and social media to spread the message about their products and services online.

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Topics: marketing mix, Internet Marketing Strategy, the 7 Ps

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