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7. Product, Services, and Branding Strategy. ROAD MAP: Previewing the Concepts. Define product and the major classifications of products and services. Describe the roles of product and service branding, packaging, labeling, and product support services.

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Product, Services, and Branding Strategy


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ROAD MAP: Previewing the Concepts

  • Define product and the major classifications of products and services.

  • Describe the roles of product and service branding, packaging, labeling, and product support services.

  • Explain the decisions companies make when developing product lines and mixes.

  • Identify the four characteristics that affect the marketing of a service.

  • Discuss the additional marketing considerations that services require.


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What is a Product?

  • Anything that can be offered to a market for attention, acquisition, use, or consumption and that might satisfy a want or need.

    • Includes: physical objects, services, events, persons, places, organizations, ideas, or some combination thereof.


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What is a Service?

  • A form of product that consists of activities, benefits, or satisfactions offered for sale that are essentially intangible and do not result in the ownership of anything.

    • Examples: banking, hotel, airline, retail, tax preparation, home repairs.


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The Product-Service Continuum

College Education

Restaurant

Sugar

Pure Tangible Good

Pure Service


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Krispy Kreme

A Krispy Kreme isn’t just a doughnut. It’s a truly sweet experience.



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Consumer Products

  • Products and services bought by final consumers for personal consumption.


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Convenience Products

  • Purchased frequently and immediately

  • Low priced

  • Mass advertising

  • Many purchase locations

    • Examples: candy, soda, newspapers


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Shopping Products

  • Bought less frequently

  • Higher price

  • Fewer purchase locations

  • Comparison shop

    • Examples: furniture, clothing, cars, appliances


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Specialty Products

  • Special purchase efforts

  • High price

  • Unique characteristics

  • Brand identification

  • Few purchase locations

    • Examples: Lamborghini, Rolex Watch


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Unsought Products

  • New innovations

  • Products consumers do not want to think about

  • Require much advertising and personal selling

  • Examples: life insurance, cemetery plots, blood donation


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Industrial Products

  • Those purchased for further processing or for use in conducting business.


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Industrial Products

Materials and Parts

Raw materials, manufactured

materials, and parts

Capital Items

Products that aid in

buyer’s production or operations

Supplies and Services

Operating supplies, repair,

and maintenance items


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Other Market Offerings

  • Organizations: Profit (businesses) and nonprofit (schools and churches).

  • Persons: Politicians, entertainers, sports figures, doctors, and lawyers.

  • Places: create, maintain, or change attitudes or behavior toward particular places (e.g., tourism).

  • Ideas (social marketing): Public health campaigns, environmental campaigns, family planning, or human rights.


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Organization Marketing

Companies use corporate image advertising to market themselves to various publics. General Electric Stands for “imagination at work.”



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Quality

Performance and Satisfaction Includes Level & Consistency

Features

Differentiates a product from the competition; assessed based on value and cost

Style & Design

Style = Appearance

Design = heart of the product

Product and Service Attributes


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Product Design

The innovative Discover 2GO card is a gotta-have-it accessory for people who want to dash off to the gym, the mall, or a restaurant with nothing more than their keys and a credit card.


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Branding

  • Creating, maintaining, protecting, and enhancing products and services.

  • A brand is a name, term, sign, symbol, or design, or a combination of these, that identifies the maker or seller of a product or service.


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Branding

  • Advantages to buyers:

    • Product identification

    • Product quality

  • Advantages to sellers:

    • Basis for product’s quality story

    • Provides legal protection

    • Helps to segment markets


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Packaging

  • Designing and producing the container or wrapper for a product.

  • Developing a good package:

    • Packaging concept

    • Package elements

    • Product safety

    • Environmental concerns


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Innovative Packaging

Dutch Boy recently came up with a long overdue innovation—paint in plastic containers with twist-off caps.


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Labeling

  • Printed information appearing on or with the package.

  • Performs several functions:

    • Identifies product or brand

    • Describes several things about the product

    • Promotes the product through attractive graphics


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Innovative Labeling

Innovative labeling can help to promote a product.


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Product Support Services

  • Assess the value of current services and obtain ideas for new services.

  • Assess the cost of providing the services.

  • Put together a package of services that delights the customers and yields profits for the company.


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Filling

Lengthen within current range

Product Line Decisions

Product Line Length

Number of Items in the Product Line

Stretching

Lengthen beyond current range.

Can be:

Downward

Upward

Both Directions


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Two-Way Stretch

Marriott added the Renaissance Hotels line to serve the upper end of the market and the TownePlace Suites line to serve the moderate and lower ends.


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Line Extension

As Marriott’s product extension grew in popularity, it extended the product further.

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Product Mix Decisions

  • Product Mix: all of the product lines and items that a particular seller offers for sale.

  • Width: the number of different product lines the company carries.

  • Depth: the number of versions offered of each product in the line.

  • Consistency: how closely related the various lines are.


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Brand Equity

  • The positive differential effect that knowing the brand name has on customer response to the product or service.

  • Provides:

    • More brand awareness and loyalty

    • Basis for strong, profitable customer relationships



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Brand Positioning

  • Can position brands at any of three levels.

Product Attributes

Product Benefits

Beliefs and Values


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Brand Name Selection

  • Desirable qualities for a brand name include:

    • It should suggest product’s benefits and qualities

    • It should be easy to pronounce, recognize, and remember

    • It should be distinctive

    • It should be extendable

    • It should translate easily into foreign languages

    • It should be capable of registration and legal protection


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Brand Sponsorship

Manufacturer’s Brands

Four Options

Co-Branding

Private

Brands

Licensed Brands


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Line Extensions

Morton sells an entire line of salts and seasonings for every occasion.


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Brand Development

  • Line Extension: introduction of additional items in a given product category under the same brand name (e.g., new flavors, forms, colors, ingredients, or package sizes).

  • Brand Extension: using a successful brand name to launch a new or modified product in a new category.


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Interactive Student Assignment

  • Choose a partner and go to the following website:

    Tide Products

  • Look at the various line extensions (e.g., liquid, powder, etc.) and determine why they were developed.


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Brand Development

  • Multibranding: offers a way to establish different features and appeal to different buying motives.

  • New Brands: developed based on belief that the power of its existing brand is waning and a new brand name is needed. Also used for products in new product category.



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Discussion Question

  • How can an airline deal with the intangibility, inseparability, variability, and perishability of its service offering?



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Major Service Marketing Tasks

  • Managing Service Differentiation:

    • Develop a differentiated offer, delivery, and image.

  • Managing Service Quality:

    • Be customer obsessed, set high service quality standards, have good service recovery, empower front-line employees.

  • Managing Service Productivity:

    • Train current employees or hire new ones, increase quantity and sacrifice quality, harness technology.


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Decide Which Products & Services to Introduce

Decide How Much to Standardize or Adapt

International Product and Services Marketing

Packaging Presents New Challenges

Service Marketers Face Special Challenges

Trend Toward Global Service Companies Will Continue


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Rest Stop: Reviewing the Concepts

  • Define product and the major classifications of products and services.

  • Describe the decisions companies make regarding their individual products and services, product lines, and product mixes.

  • Discuss branding strategy—the decisions companies make in building and managing their brands.


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Rest Stop: Reviewing the Concepts

  • Identify the four characteristics that affect the marketing of a service and the additional marketing considerations that services require.

  • Discuss two additional product issues: socially responsible product decisions and international product and services marketing.


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