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The New 4 P's of Marketing

Did you learn about the 4 P’s of Marketing when you started in business?  Usually taught during the first week or two of every general marketing class out there–in business school, a technical college, and even in the occasional seminar, speakers will refer to the 4 P’s.  Used as a marketing term since the 1960’s, the 4 P’s are: Place, Product, Price and Promotion.

While these P’s are important, I think a new set of P’s should be considered as a joint cornerstone of marketing, especially with the advent of social media.  The new 4 P’s of Marketing include: Plan, Perspective, Perseverance and Passionate People.

Plan

It is essential to have a marketing strategy before you go to market with any product or service.  A marketing plan is your roadmap explaining how you will implement that strategy.  You need to be able to demonstrate that you can mix traditional marketing and digital marketing together in a cohesive message.  The US Small Business Administration has great information on marketing plans for new or small businesses.  I don’t like to differentiate “traditional marketing” with “social media” because it should all be together in a plan.  How you publish your message (this could be a 5th P) to the various channels is key.

Perspective

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Look at your product/service from a customer/consumer perspective.  How does this product change them?  What do they see as a benefit?  If your product doesn’t change their life or provide a benefit, the marketing message for the product can be lost and it can be flash in the pan sales with little longevity.  I learned this rule when advertising health and beauty products for the promotional industry.  It wasn’t about the products or even the pricing, but the customers’ product experience to create a favorable impression and increase sales.

Perseverance

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.  This is one that marketers don’t always go remember.  You see, marketers are enamored with the word “new” (and all of its synonyms).  Most marketers have Bright Shiny Object Syndrome (BSOS).  The problem with BSOS is that marketers don’t learn the value of marketing perseverance.  It takes a while, in fact several times before a valued customer sees your new product, no matter how great the advertising campaign.  Even though digital advertising can be more targeted, it still may take several views before a sale is completed.  So marketers need to have faith and give their campaigns time to work. And hold your campaigns to a high standard, no one wants to perceive your organization’s marketing as spammy.

Passionate People

This is the ultimate component of marketing strategy; it’s all about the people.  Keeping people top of mind in all your marketing efforts will be instrumental to success.  From product development, customer service, accounting and senior management, the people involved in the making the product/service need to know that you are on board with them.  The value of the right people in the right roles should not be underestimated if you want to grow.  From phone calls, to tradeshows, to sales calls, the passion that workers bring to the table can make your business sales limitless.  People are what make business tick, people are what make campaigns work and they will be your biggest advocates to success.

Passionate people are thorough and go the extra mile, without thinking of it as extra.

All of these P’s–the original 4 and my additional 4 funnel into a comprehensive marketing strategy.  If you neglect to address all of these areas, a plan will work, but there will be weakness which can decrease your potential marketing impact.

What do you think about these new P’s? Comment, especially if you use them in your organization. If you are missing one or two, address the needs accordingly.  Don’t be afraid to use these terms as a measuring tool when hiring marketing personnel or creating programs.  If you don’t have a plan, contact Vivid Image and we can start working with you to create a successful marketing program for your organization.  Take time this week to see if your marketing programs are encompassing all of these concepts.  If they are, your organization is on the right track to success.

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