Marketing is mix of 4Ps and often used as synonyms for one another. The 4ps are product, place, price and promotion.
“The Four Ps.” This proposed classification has been used by marketing companies and branding agencies all over the world. Let's go over the each to have a better understanding.
Product – The first of the Four Ps of marketing is product. A product can be either a tangible good or an intangible service that fulfills a need or want of consumers. Whether you sell custom pallets and wood products or provide luxury accommodations, it’s imperative that you have a clear grasp of exactly what your product is and what makes it unique before you can successfully market it.
Price – Once a concrete understanding of the product offering is established we can start making some pricing decisions. Price determinations will impact profit margins, supply, demand and marketing strategy. Similar (in concept) products and brands may need to be positioned differently based on varying price points, while price elasticity considerations may influence our next two Ps.
Promotion – We’ve got a product and a price now it’s time to promote it. Promotion looks at the many ways marketing agencies disseminate relevant product information to consumers and differentiate a particular product or service. Promotion includes elements like: advertising, public relations, social media marketing, email marketing, search engine marketing, video marketing and more. Each touch point must be supported by a well positioned brand to truly maximize return on investment.
Place – Often you will hear marketers saying that marketing is about putting the right product, at the right price, at the right place, at the right time. It’s critical then, to evaluate what the ideal locations are to convert potential clients into actual clients. Today, even in situations where the actual transaction doesn’t happen on the web, the initial place potential clients are engaged and converted is online.
We hope this quick overview of the 4 Ps of marketing provides some insight into a critical aspect of successfully taking a product or service to market. Clearly defining product, price, place and time must all be considered when developing a marketing strategy for any product or brand. Whether dealing with a startup or an established business, balancing these four elements is critical to marketers working hard to position a particular product or brand in the marketplace.
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