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Exploring marketing research william g zikmund

Exploring Marketing ResearchWilliam G. Zikmund

Chapter 1:

The Nature of

Marketing Research

The nature of marketing research

The Nature of Marketing Research

  • Marketing research is one of the principal tools for answering questions because it:

    • Links the consumer, customer, and public to the market through information used to identify and define marketing

    • Generates, refines, and evaluates marketing actions

    • Monitors marketing performance

    • Underlines the understanding of marketing as a process

Marketing research defined

Marketing Research Defined

The systematic and objective process of generating information for aid in making marketing decisions

The marketing research process

The Marketing Research Process

  • This process includes:

  • specifying what information is required;

  • designing the method for collecting information;

  • managing and implementing the collection of data;

  • analyzing the results; and

  • communicating the findings and their implications.

Exploring marketing research william g zikmund




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“It ain’t the things we don’t know that gets us in trouble. It’s the things we know that ain’t so.”

Artemus Ward

Exploring marketing research william g zikmund

Marketing Research Types

Basic research

Applied research

Basic research

Basic Research

  • Attempts to expand the limits of knowledge

  • Not directly involved in the solution to a pragmatic problem

Basic research example

Basic Research Example

  • Do consumers experience cognitive dissonance in low-involvement situations?

Applied research

Applied Research

  • Conducted when a decision must be made about a specific real-life problem

Applied research example

Applied Research Example

  • Should McDonalds add Italian pasta dinners to its menu?

  • Marketing research told McDonald’s it should not?

  • Should Procter & Gamble add a high-priced home teeth bleaching kit to its product line?

  • Research showed Crest Whitestrips would sell well at a retail price of $44

Scientific method


  • The analysis and interpretation of empirical evidence (facts from observation or experimentation) to confirm or disprove prior conceptions

Marketing concept

Marketing Concept

  • Central idea in marketing

  • Evolved over time

  • Not production-oriented

  • Marketing-oriented

Marketing concept1

Marketing Concept



Long Run


  • Cross-Functional

  • Effort

Keeping customers and building relationships

Keeping Customers and Building Relationships

  • RELATIONSHIP MARKETING - the idea that a major goal of marketing is to build long-term relationships with the parties who contribute to the company’s success.

  • Marketers want customers for life.

  • Managing the relationships that will bring about additional exchanges

Total quality management

Total Quality Management

  • Much in common with marketing concept

  • Focus on integrating customer-driven quality throughout the organization.

  • Stresses continuous improvement

Stages in developing and implementing a marketing strategy

Stages in Developing and Implementing a Marketing Strategy

  • Identifying and evaluating opportunities

  • Analyzing market segments and selecting target markets

  • Planning and implementing a marketing mix

  • Analyzing market performance

Identifying and evaluating opportunities

Identifying and Evaluating Opportunities

  • Examples

  • Mattel Toys investigates desires for play experiences

  • Home cooking is on the decline. Purchase of precooked home replacement meals is on the rise.

  • Number of investors trading stock on the Internet is growing.

Analyze market segments and select target markets examples

Analyze Market Segments and Select Target Markets-Examples

  • Cadillac investigates buyers’ demographic characteristics

  • MTV, monitoring demographic trends, learns the Hispanic audience is growing rapidly

  • Sears learns women, age 25-54 with average household income of $38,000, are core customers. Targets this market with "The Good Life at a Great Price. Guaranteed. Sears."

Plan and implement a marketing mix

Plan and Implement a Marketing Mix

  • Price: Safeway does a competitive pricing analysis

  • Distribution: Caterpillar Tractor Co. investigates dealer service program.

  • Product: Oreo conducts taste test, Oreo cookie vs. Chips Ahoy

  • Promotion: How many consumers recall the “Life Tastes Good. Coca Cola!” slogan?

Analyze marketing performance

Analyze Marketing Performance

  • This year’s market share is compared to last year’s.

  • Did brand image change after new advertising?

Performance monitoring research

Performance-monitoring Research

  • Research that regularly provides feedback For evaluation And control

  • Indicates things are Or are not going as planned

  • Research may be required To explain why something “went wrong”

Determining when to conduct marketing research

Determining When to Conduct Marketing Research

  • Time constraints

  • Availability of data

  • Nature of the decision

  • Benefits versus costs

Determining when to conduct marketing research1

Determining When to Conduct Marketing Research

Time Constraints

Availability of Data

Nature of the Decision

Benefits vs. Costs

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Is the

decision of


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exceed the

research cost?












Do Not Conduct Marketing Research

Value versus costs

Value versus Costs

  • Potential Value of a Marketing Research Effort Should Exceed Its Estimated Costs

Value should exceed estimated costs

Value Should Exceed Estimated Costs



  • Research expenditures

  • Delay of marketing decision and possible disclosure of information to rivals

  • Possible erroneous research results

  • Decreased certainty

  • Increased likelihood of a correct decision

  • Improved marketing performance and resulting higher profits

Marketing research in the 21st century

Marketing Research in the 21st Century

  • Increased globalization

  • Growth of the Internet and other information technologies

Global research

Global Research

  • Business Research is increasingly global

  • Market knowledge is essential

  • A.C. Nielsen - more that 67% international business

Global marketing research

Global Marketing Research

  • General information about country - economic conditions and political climate

  • Cultural and consumer factors

  • Market and competitive conditions - demand estimation

The internet is transforming society

The Internet is Transforming Society

  • Time is collapsing.

  • Distance is no longer an obstacle.

  • Crossing oceans is only a mouse click away.

  • People are connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • "Instantaneous" has a new meaning.

Internet research

Internet Research

  • Seeking facts and figures about an issue

  • Surveys on Web sites

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