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Think of a company or social campaign that has caught your attention and assess it by using the 4 Ps of marketing (product, place, price, and promotion). Pick a product, service, or issue for which you might develop a marketing campaign. What are the first issues you need to address according to the fundamental rules of marketing? Beyond the topics covered in this unit, what would you suggest are other issues marketers should keep in mind in the twenty-first century marketplace as they launch a campaign?

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by John Thiongo -

Maziwa Fresh Milk Firm is an ordinary firm that has caught my interest, and I will utilize it as a case to assess and clarify the utilization of the four Ps of promoting (item, put, estimating, and advancement).

Maziwa Fresh Milk Company produces day-to-day things like fresh milk, cheese, and yogurt, which are healthy and great for our bodies.

They disperse their items to grocery stores, shops and stores, shopping centers, supermarkets and online platforms such as Jumia Kenya, from where clients may buy their items across the nation.

Their items are advertised in numerous amounts, such as little, medium, and expansive, giving a cheap and affordable cost for everybody, which is extraordinary compared to their competitors, and they persistently report benefits.

They center on sound and characteristic supplements that are essential and great for everyone's wellbeing, and they utilize both conventional and modern, advanced innovations in their generation process. 

They taught their customers around the significance of health and organic supplements and products, which has made a difference and helped them construct a great reputation and brand trust.

By adjusting to wellbeing patterns and utilizing both conventional and advanced innovation to make strides in their quality, they have made them overwhelm the showcase for a long time. They also grasp maintainability hones, documentation, preparing staff, teaching them, keeping them up-to-date with law controls and legitimate audits, and, in conclusion, observing their obligations. They are too adaptable sufficient to embrace modern changes, which have a really huge effect on their day-to-day well-being.   
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by Noemi Sanchez-Jauregui -
One company that caught my attention recently is "Dove’s Real Beauty" a campaign launched by Unilever aiming to build self confidence in women and young children. Improving women's self-esteem by promoting women's real beauty and not the distorted reality created by the media. The 4 Ps of marketing that I would assess for this campaign are:

Product: Dove's product includes soaps, lotions, and deodorants but the real campaign sells ideas " a new definition of beauty that is diverse and inclusive" and enhancing natural beauty rather than masking imperfections.

Place: They disperse their items to in various retail outlets, supermarkets, and online stores across the nation.

Price: Dove offers high quality products at affordable prices, making them accessible across the nation.

Promotion/advertisement: The campaign uses unconventional promotional strategies, featuring real women of different ages, sizes, and ethnicities instead of professional models. Using TV commercials, print ads, billboards, and digital platforms, to promote its powerful message.

Issues: The campaign has faced criticism and controversy. For example Its parent company Unilever is know for promoting skin-lightening products and perpetuating colorism. This has led some critics to accuse Unilever of hypocrisy.

Dove's Real Beauty campaign has had a huge impact, inspiring other brands across industries to adopt a more inclusive and authentic approach in their marketing strategies.
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by Katrina R -
Borden Dairy is an ordinary firm in the USA and Puerto Rico that has caught my interest, and it will be utilized as a case to assess and clarify the utilization of the four Ps of promoting (item, put, estimating, and advancement).

Borden Dairy produces day-to-day things like fresh milk, cheese, canned dairy products etc that be used in a variety of dishes and are affordable.

They disperse their items to grocery stores, shops and stores, shopping centers, supermarkets and online platforms such as Amazon, from where clients may buy their items across the nation.

Their items are advertised in numerous amounts, such as little, medium, and expansive, giving a cheap and affordable cost for everybody, which is extraordinary compared to their competitors, and they persistently report benefits.

They center on sound and characteristic supplements that are essential and great for everyone's recipes, no matter the culture, and they utilize both conventional and modern, advanced innovations in their generation process.

They taught their customers around the significance of an affordable, well made, versatile product. The consistency of their products and quality has provided consumers with trust and the company with a reputable brand name.

By adjusting their production, quality, and products to meet the demands and interests of consumers with price and variety Borden has created a reputable, and trustworthy name for themselves.
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by Maliaka Adnan -
The social campaign that has caught my attention is Brighton paint in Pakistan that was the first multinational and the best paint company in Pakistan (Lahore)

Finding the right pant and make your house beautiful is a big task Brighton paint campaign about to provide clients the best quality

Talking about it 4 ps
First one is product

Brighton paint sells paint all over Pakistan it not only offers paint but also surface cotting and powder coatings

These are synthesized in paints Industry and then it sells to store shopping malls
Houses and different living areas to make it attractive

There items are displays as various amounts depending upon colour and shades The shades that caught more attention such as aesthetic one has higher price as compared to other. But a normal citizen that are having not much wage also buy this.

They promote by providing guarantee and other selling aspects to make it value more adorable and advanced and have some sale every year to increase its versatility and advancement
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by Sinais Viana -
AC Successor of José Puig & Cía. is a company established since 1911 in Caracas, Venezuela; It is culturally recognized in the country for its famous cookies. Evaluating the 4Ps of marketing

PUIG has a wide variety of cookies, both sweet (chocolate, lemon, sprinkles, strawberry, vanilla), salty, soda and whole wheat, favorites of all those who have grown up delighting in their flavors.

This wide range of cookies can be easily found in any supermarket, trade and food stores.

Being a national and well-known product, its prices are affordable for any consumer.

Since it is an old company, its advertising is based around the emotional since generation after generation has grown up eating these products.

In my personal opinion, I think they did a very good job positioning the brand in the market since when thinking about a soda cookie or a Maria cookie, the consumer automatically thinks of the PUIG brand.
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by Phuong Tran Mai Linh -
McDonald's, a global fast-food giant, has consistently delivered impactful marketing campaigns. Let's evaluate its approach using the 4 Ps of marketing:

Product: McDonald's offers a diverse menu of fast-food items, including burgers, fries, chicken sandwiches, and salads. Their products cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences, ensuring broad appeal among consumers.

Place: McDonald's strategically locates its restaurants in high-traffic areas such as urban centers, shopping malls, and highways. This ensures convenient accessibility and visibility, maximizing foot traffic and sales potential.

**Price**: McDonald's adopts a value pricing strategy, offering affordable menu options that appeal to budget-conscious consumers. Their value meals and dollar menu items provide excellent value for money, driving customer loyalty and repeat visits.

Promotion: McDonald's employs a multi-channel promotional approach, leveraging TV commercials, social media, sponsorships, and promotional offers to engage with consumers. Their campaigns often focus on family-friendly themes, nostalgia, and seasonal promotions to create emotional connections with customers.

First Issues to Address: When developing a marketing campaign for McDonald's, the first issues to address include:

1. Menu Innovation: Identifying opportunities for menu innovation and adapting to changing consumer preferences, such as healthier options, plant-based alternatives, or regional variations.

2. Customer Experience: Ensuring a seamless and positive customer experience across all touchpoints, including in-store service, mobile ordering, drive-thru efficiency, and delivery services.

3. Brand Consistency: Maintaining brand consistency and integrity across diverse markets while also tailoring marketing messages to local cultural nuances and preferences.

4. Competitive Analysis: Continuously monitoring the competitive landscape and staying ahead of industry trends to differentiate McDonald's offerings and maintain market leadership.

Other Issues for Marketers in the 21st Century:

1. Digital Transformation: Embracing digital technologies and data-driven insights to enhance customer engagement, personalization, and convenience through mobile apps, loyalty programs, and online ordering.

2. Sustainability Initiatives: Addressing growing consumer concerns about sustainability and environmental responsibility by implementing eco-friendly practices, sourcing ethically, and reducing packaging waste.

3. Health and Wellness Trends: Responding to the rising demand for healthier menu options, transparency in ingredient sourcing, and nutritional information to cater to health-conscious consumers.

4. Crisis Management and Reputation: Proactively managing crises and safeguarding the brand's reputation in an era of heightened scrutiny and social media influence.

In summary, McDonald's successful marketing campaigns are underpinned by a strategic focus on the 4 Ps of marketing. However, in the contemporary marketplace, marketers must also navigate evolving consumer preferences, technological advancements, and societal trends to ensure continued relevance and success.
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by Diane Cardinosa -
One company that has caught my attention is Tesla Inc. I will assess it using the 4 Ps of marketing.

Product: Tesla's product is electric vehicles (EVs) and sustainable energy solutions. Their vehicles are known for their advanced technology, high performance, and environmental friendliness. Tesla's product differentiation lies in its innovative features such as autonomous driving capabilities, long-range battery life, and sleek designs.
 Place: Tesla strategically places its stores and service centers in high-traffic areas and major cities worldwide.
Price: Tesla's pricing strategy has focused on premium pricing, positioning their vehicles as high-end luxury cars. However, they have also introduced more affordable models like the Model 3 to target a broader market segment. Tesla's pricing reflects the value of their advanced technology, sustainability, and the overall ownership experience.
Promotion: Tesla relies heavily on digital marketing and word-of-mouth to promote its products. They utilize social media platforms, online advertising, and content marketing to create brand awareness and engage with their target audience.
Other issues that marketers should keep in mind in the twenty-first century marketplace when launching a campaign include:

 Sustainability With increasing environmental concerns and consumer demand for sustainable products, incorporating sustainability into marketing campaigns can be a key differentiator. Highlighting eco-friendly features, carbon footprint reduction, and ethical practices can resonate with environmentally conscious consumers.
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by Khai W -
Assessment of Bonia Using the 4 Ps of Marketing:

Bonia offers luxury fashion items like leather goods, footwear, accessories, and apparel known for quality and elegant design.
- Strengths: Quality craftsmanship, stylish designs.
- Weaknesses: Higher prices, limited product range.

Bonia is well-established in Asia with physical stores and an online presence.
- Strengths: Presence in key markets, accessible online store.
- Weaknesses: Limited international presence, room for expansion.

Positioned as a luxury brand with higher prices targeting quality-conscious consumers.
- Strengths: Perceived value, competitive pricing in luxury segment.
- Weaknesses: Excludes price-sensitive consumers, affordability in some markets.

Bonia promotes through social media, influencer partnerships, and fashion events.
- Strengths: Strong social media presence, influencer collaborations.
- Weaknesses: Potential need for diverse marketing channels, broader audience reach.

Developing a Marketing Campaign for Bonia:
1. First Issues to Address:
- Define target audience demographics and psychographics.
- Clarify Bonia's unique value proposition and competitive position.
- Analyze competitors' strategies and market presence.
- Determine effective online and offline channels for reaching the target audience.

2. Additional 21st Century Marketing Issues:
- Embrace e-commerce, mobile marketing, and personalized experiences.
- Address sustainability, ethical sourcing, and corporate responsibility.
- Navigate influencer marketing, authenticity, and micro-influencers.
- Integrate seamless omni-channel experiences across stores and online.
- Ensure data privacy compliance and build consumer trust.
- Tailor marketing messages to diverse global markets.
- Stay agile to respond to market changes and emerging trends.

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by Luke Alexander -

EcoGlow's solar-powered lanterns are designed to provide sustainable lighting solutions for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and backyard gatherings.
Key features include durability, waterproofing, adjustable brightness settings, and portability.
The product's design emphasizes eco-friendliness, reliability, and convenience.

EcoGlow's products are available both online through their website and through select retail partners specializing in outdoor equipment.
The company also engages in partnerships with environmentally conscious organizations and participates in eco-friendly events to reach target customers.

EcoGlow positions its products as premium offerings in the solar lighting market due to their high-quality materials, durability, and eco-friendly features.
Pricing strategies may include offering different tiers of products with varying features to cater to different customer segments.
The pricing should reflect the value proposition of sustainability and reliability that EcoGlow offers.

EcoGlow utilizes a mix of digital marketing channels such as social media advertising, influencer partnerships, and content marketing to raise awareness and drive sales.
The company also invests in eco-friendly events and sponsorships to connect with environmentally conscious consumers.
Promotional efforts highlight the product's benefits, including energy efficiency, durability, and its contribution to reducing environmental impact.
Now, moving beyond the fundamental 4 Ps of marketing, here are some additional considerations for marketers launching a campaign in the twenty-first-century marketplace:

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Consumers today are increasingly concerned about the environmental and social impact of the products they purchase. Marketers should highlight a company's commitment to sustainability and CSR initiatives to resonate with these values-driven consumers.

Digital Transformation: The rise of digital technology has transformed consumer behavior and the way businesses operate. Marketers need to embrace digital channels, analytics, and automation to effectively target and engage with modern consumers.

Personalization and Customer Experience: With the abundance of data available, marketers can personalize their campaigns to target specific demographics, preferences, and behaviors. Providing a seamless and personalized customer experience across all touchpoints is crucial for building brand loyalty and driving conversions.

Ethical Marketing Practices: In an era of heightened awareness around privacy and data protection, marketers must adhere to ethical marketing practices. Transparency, honesty, and respect for consumer privacy are essential for building trust and credibility with audiences.

Innovation and Adaptability: The pace of change in the marketplace is faster than ever before. Marketers need to continuously innovate and adapt their strategies to stay ahead of the competition and meet evolving consumer needs and preferences.

Globalization and Cultural Sensitivity: In a globalized marketplace, marketers must be sensitive to cultural differences and nuances when expanding into new markets. Localization of marketing campaigns and messages is crucial for resonating with diverse audiences worldwide.

By addressing these additional issues alongside the traditional 4 Ps of marketing, marketers can develop more comprehensive and effective campaigns suited to the demands of the twenty-first-century marketplace.
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by Jamie Lindsay -
Great points made. I agree cultural sensitivity is a crucial point to consider in marketing especially now.
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by Cory Goodrich -
Perdomo Cigars strategically utilizes the 4 Ps of marketing: Product quality, Place accessibility through authorized retailers and online platforms, Price positioning in the premium segment, and Promotion strategies emphasizing heritage and craftsmanship. However, in today's marketplace, marketers must also consider factors like digital marketing, consumer experience, sustainability, ethics, and data analytics for a comprehensive campaign.
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by Soukaina Farhoun -
Absolutely, Perdomo Cigars' adherence to the traditional 4 Ps of marketing—focusing on high-quality products, ensuring accessibility via authorized retailers and online platforms, premium pricing, and promoting their rich heritage and craftsmanship—is commendable. However, you're right that modern marketing strategies require a broader scope. Incorporating digital marketing, enhancing consumer experiences, committing to sustainability and ethical practices, and leveraging data analytics are crucial for a holistic and effective marketing campaign in the contemporary landscape.
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by Ching-Han Hsu -
Marketing Campaign Analysis and Brainstorming
Product/Service Analysis:
Let us dissect a recent marketing campaign that resonated with me: Patagonia's "Don't Buy This Jacket" campaign. This campaign focused on raising awareness about environmental issues related to excessive consumption, even their products.
Product: High-quality, durable outdoor apparel.
Distribution: Patagonia products are sold through stores, select retailers and websites.
Accessibility: While their products are generally high-quality, they can be expensive, limiting accessibility.
Premium Pricing: Patagonia positions itself as a premium brand, reflecting the quality and durability of its products.
Unique Message: The campaign challenged consumerism through a creative and unexpected message, generating significant social media buzz.
Marketing in the 21st Century
Now, let us brainstorm a potential marketing campaign of our own.
Product/Service Idea: Imagine a language learning app designed specifically for refugees.
Fundamental Marketing Issues:
Target Audience: Clearly define refugees' specific needs and challenges in the target regions.
Value Proposition: Highlight the app's benefits beyond just language learning, such as job training resources or cultural integration assistance.
Accessibility: Ensure the app is free or affordable, and consider offering offline functionality for areas with limited internet access.
Additional Considerations for the 21st Century:
Data Privacy: Transparency about data collection and usage is crucial, especially for a vulnerable population like refugees.
Cultural Sensitivity: The app's interface and content should be culturally sensitive and avoid biases.
Measurable Impact: Define clear metrics to track the app's success in improving refugees' lives.
By considering these additional factors alongside the traditional marketing mix, we can develop effective but also responsible and impactful campaigns.
Discussion Forum Exploration
I would love to hear what other companies or campaigns have interested you! Let us share our thoughts and dissect them using the 4 Ps framework. Additionally, I am curious to hear other ideas for marketing products or services that address social issues.
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Product: The Ordinary's Skincare Line
- The Ordinary offers a range of affordable, science-backed skincare products formulated with high-quality active ingredients.
- Products target specific skin concerns, such as acne, aging, and hydration, catering to diverse consumer needs and preferences.

Place: Distribution Channels and Accessibility
- The Ordinary strategically distributes its products through online platforms, including its website and e-commerce retailers like Sephora and Ulta Beauty.
- Accessibility is ensured through a user-friendly online shopping experience, worldwide shipping, and partnerships with brick-and-mortar retailers.

Price: Value-driven Pricing Strategy
- The Ordinary adopts a value-driven pricing strategy, offering high-quality skincare solutions at competitive prices.
- By eliminating extravagant packaging and marketing costs, the brand delivers affordable products without compromising quality, appealing to cost-conscious consumers.

Promotion: Educational Marketing Approach
- The Ordinary's promotion focuses on educating consumers about skincare ingredients, formulations, and routines through informative content, social media engagement, and influencer collaborations.
- The emphasis on transparency, simplicity, and science-based skincare resonates with consumers seeking effective yet straightforward skincare solutions.

First Issues to Address:
1. Market Segmentation: Identify target demographics, skincare concerns, and purchasing behaviors to tailor marketing strategies effectively.
2. Brand Positioning: Establish a clear brand identity and messaging that highlights The Ordinary's commitment to simplicity, transparency, and efficacy in skincare.
3. Competitive Analysis: Assess competitors' product offerings, pricing strategies, and marketing tactics to identify opportunities for differentiation and market advantage.

Additional Considerations in the 21st-century Marketplace:
1. Digital Engagement: Leverage social media platforms, user-generated content, and online communities to foster brand loyalty and engagement.
2. Sustainability Practices: Incorporate eco-friendly packaging, ingredient sourcing, and sustainability initiatives to align with consumers' growing environmental concerns.
3. Personalization: Utilize data-driven insights to offer personalized product recommendations, skincare regimens, and customer experiences, enhancing customer satisfaction and retention.
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by Jamie Lindsay -
Evaluating Nestlé Jamaica limited.

Nestlé Jamaica limited is a company that has been around for over 80 years with commitment to nourishing and improving the lives of its consumers through nutrition, health and wellness.

It provides a wide range of products such as: Baby foods, bottled water, cereals, chocolate and confectionery, coffee, culinary and cooking, chilled and frozen food, dairy, drinks, professional food service, health care nutrition, ice cream, and petcare.

Nestlé products are all over the world, in supermarkets, grocery shops, in smaller local stores and online. 

The prices of the items varies depending on the product however they are generally affordable.

The issue with Nestlé is that it promotes health and wellness but at that same time sell products like ice- cream and water-based soft beverages with added sugar to its customers. The target audience would need to be clearly defined as well as the demography to which these products are geared towards.

In the 21st century we are heavily influenced and dependent on technology and social media, which can easily make or break a company. One must keep in mind cultural sensitivity and inclusiveness are very important in developingor deliveringa product. Marketers should also keep in mind that data privacy is crucial to generate trust and value.
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by Marvin Ant -
I thought using Beyond Meat's who caught my attention,

Product: Beyond Meat makes plant-based meat alternatives like burgers and sausages.
Place: You can find Beyond Meat products in grocery stores, restaurants, and fast-food chains all over.
Price: They cost a bit more than regular meat because they're healthier and better for the environment.
Promotion: Beyond Meat advertises online, partners with chefs and celebs, and goes to food events to tell people about their tasty and eco-friendly products.
For the first issues:

Who Buys It?: They need to know who their customers are, like people who want healthier or more eco-friendly food.
What Makes It Special?: They have to show why their plant-based meat is better than regular meat, like being healthier and greener.
Where Can You Get It?: Beyond Meat needs to make sure their products are easy to find in stores and restaurants.
For other things to consider:

Be Honest: They should always tell the truth about what's in their products and how they make them to build trust with customers.
Use Social Media: Beyond Meat can connect with people on social media to talk about their products and listen to what customers want.
Keep It Healthy: Because more people care about being healthy, they should keep talking about how their products are good for you.
Help the Planet: Showing how their products help the environment can convince more people to buy them.

By thinking about these things along with the 4 Ps, Beyond Meat can make sure their marketing works well and keeps customers happy.