Synopses & Reviews
This book explores what marketing is and how an enterprise can differentiate itself from others in attracting and retaining customers. The book is organized according to the design of the first-year marketing course in the two-year MBA program at the Harvard Business School. Each chapter of the book is written by HBS faculty and used by MBA students in preparation for classroom participation. The book consists of three parts: the analysis of marketing opportunities, the formulation of marketing strategy, and the execution of that strategy.
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.
About the Author
Alvin J. Silk, the faculty advisor on this volume, is the Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at the Harvard Business School. He served as co-chairman of the Marketing Unit and initiated a course in "Brand Marketing" offered in the second year of the MBA program. Silk has been at HBS since 1989. From 1968-88 he was at the Sloan School of Management, MIT, where he was Erwin Schell Professor of Management and served as Deputy Dean from 1981-87. He was a Visiting Research Associate at the Marketing Science Institute and a Ford Foundation Visiting Professor at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels.