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GCSE: Marketing and Markets
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What is the 'marketing mix'?
- 1 Businesses use the marketing mix to reach more customers. A common mistake of students is to concentrate on just one aspect of the mix (usually product or promotion) rather than realising that businesses use all four parts of it to meet the needs of its target market.
- 2 Product is every aspect of the product itself. This includes its features, appearance, design and the product range. Many businesses will look for a USP (unique selling point) which makes it different to its rivals. The product must be aimed at a particular target market and a business will need to decide this in advance.
- 3 Price is the amount that it charges customers. There are several strategies that can be adopted here e.g. competitive pricing (basing your price on competitor’s prices), cost plus pricing (adding a mark up to the cost of producing the product), penetration pricing (low price to encourage trial). The price should relate to the product i.e. high quality and high price.
- 4 Place is where customers can buy the product and how it gets there. This can include supermarkets, boutique stores, online only etc.
- 5 Promotion includes all the ways that the customer finds out about the product. A common mistake for students is to think it is only advertising but promotion might also include money off vouchers, sponsorship, public relations. Another common mistake is to not relate the promotion to the product. A small business is not going to advertise on TV.
- Marked by Teachers essays 7
- Peer Reviewed essays 8
food retailers, they?ve had to constantly adapt to these changes and keep up to date with the latest food style to attract consumers. They did this by offering this variety and different food to consumers who demands it. They made all this available because the consumers demanded it and in order to keep customers, retailers have to be able to fulfil their needs and give customers what they want. 2 Changing social and working patterns Working pattern does change as they have to in order to keep up to date with the changes and the demands of consumers.
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