Comprehensive course analysis
Who should attend
- Customer-focused sales and marketing professionals
- Services marketing and operating professionals
- Product marketing professionals
- Industry professionals analyzing services marketing data to make strategic decisions
About the course
When you’re marketing your services, success depends on knowing what target customers want and aligning it with the value your company delivers.
This requires an integrated strategy that includes market analysis and demand management, marketing strategy, brand management, and marketing communications.
By adopting this customer-centric approach to marketing, you’ll be better prepared to deliver memorable experiences, exceed customer expectations, gain competitive advantage, and ultimately position your company for success.
Services Marketing Planning and Management
Services marketing is often viewed in terms of outcomes, but services marketing is also an ongoing analytic process. In this course, you will learn how to properly analyze frameworks, tools, channels, data sets, customer behavioral data, decision-making factors, and strategies that support broader marketing decisions.
Authored by Robert Kwortnik from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, this course will teach you how to review the way marketing works in your organization and how to create and apply a services marketing process.
Evaluating Business and Customer Factors Affecting Marketing Decisions for Services
To make services marketing work, you need to have a clear picture of the business environment and understand how your target customers behave. Knowing your market and assessing consumer demand can help inform and guide your marketing strategies. In this course, you will explore the role that micro and macro forces play when conducting a situation analysis. You'll also take a deep dive into what drives consumer behavior.
Building a Resilient Services Marketing Information System
Your services marketing efforts depend on information. Without relevant and accurate information, every decision you make will suffer from bad input.
A well-run marketing information system captures, organizes, analyzes, and interprets data from a wide variety of sources to create a robust portrait of the ideal customers and their specific wants or needs. With the ideal buyer in mind, you can better target them with high-impact messaging that communicates a compelling brand promise and a clear reason to buy.
In this course, you will learn when to use internal or external market data and when to conduct your own primary research. You'll also discover how segmentation, targeting, and positioning (the STP process) translates your analysis and research findings into a positioning strategy that appeals to the right target market at the right time and at the right price.
Developing a Service Strategy and Managing the Brand
You have marketing goals and you're feeling ready to execute. Maybe you want to increase market share, retain more customers or generally broaden consumer awareness.
But how do you turn your goals into action? And how will you measure success? In this course, you will explore how to turn marketing goals into action by developing a marketing strategy and creating an enduring brand promise.
Managing Service Demand through Pricing and Distribution Strategies
You want your marketing efforts to generate demand. While increased demand naturally drives business and success, it does come with specific sets of challenges.
Mitigating these challenges requires a keen understanding of demand management. In essence, demand management requires us to ask “How should we set our prices?” “How will we guarantee that our distribution partners ensure timely delivery?”
In this course, you'll answer those questions and explore how pricing and distribution strategies can directly affect demand for your service.
Developing an Integrated Marketing Communications Strategy for Services
It's hard to overstate: A marketing strategy lives or dies in communication with the customer. And there's a methodology to it—it is the culmination of all of the marketing research and analysis you've done.
What you say, how you say it, how often you say it, the media channels you use to distribute your message, how you respond to complaints—all of this affects customers' experiences with your brand.
In this course, you'll take a deep dive into integrated marketing communications, or IMC. You'll explore a process-based approach to designing creative communications using a variety of methods and media. Finally, you'll examine ways to assess the performance of an IMC campaign.
Key course takeaways
- Analyze your firm’s marketing approach and make strategic decisions on how to optimize your team’s efforts
- Target your consumers at the right time and through the right channels
- Develop a service strategy that elevates and supports your brand
- Meet customer demand with creative pricing and distribution strategies
- Create effective marketing communications that drive demand and engagement for your services
Rob Kwortnik, associate professor of services marketing, joined Cornell's faculty after earning his PhD in business administration from Temple University in 2003. He also earned a BA in journalism from Temple and an MBA from California State University, Northridge. Kwortnik's research focuses on ...
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