Marketing Aptitude - Marketing Environment
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Marketing environment refers to the factors and forces that affect a firm's ability to build and maintain successful relationship with customers. Some of the factors are controllable, while some others are uncontrollable. It is the responsibility of the marketing manager to change the company's Policies along with the changing environment.
There are following components of marketing environment
Forces and actions inside the firm that affect the marketing operation composed of internal stakeholders and the other functional areas within the business organisation are known as internal environment of marketing.
The external environment is composed of
Both these types of marketing environment affect each other to some extent.
The micro environment refers to the forces that close to the company and affect its ability to serve its customers. It includes die-company itself, its suppliers, marketing intermediaries, customer markets and public.
Factors affecting micro environment are
(i) Company The company aspect of micro environment refers to the internal environment of the company this includes all departments like management, finance, research and development, purchasing operations and accounting. Each of these departments has an impact on marketing decisions.
(ii) Marketing intermediaries marketing intermediaries refers to resellers, wholesaler physical distribution firms, marketing services agencies and financial intermediaries.
(iii) Customers There are different type of customer markets like consumer markets, business markets, government markets, international markets and reseller markets. It is different from the reseller market. The reseller market includes business that purchases goods for resell which gives profit.
(iv) Public the final aspect of the micro environment is public. They may be financial citizen action public, local public, general public.
The macro environment refers to all forces that are part of the larger society and affect the micro environment. It includes concepts like demography, economy, natural forces, technology, politics and culture.
Factors affecting macro environment are
(i) Demographic Environment Demographic data help in preparing geographical marketing plans; household marketing plans, age and sexwise plans. It influences behaviour of consumers which, in turn, will have direct impact on market place. A marketer must communicate with consumers, anticipate problems, respond to complaints and make sure that the firm operates properly and smoothly.
(ii) Social-Cultural Environment It includes culture, traditions, beliefs, values and life styles of the people. Social responsibility has crept into the marketing literature as an alternative to the market concept.
(iii) Economic Environment The economic environment depends on current income, prices, savings, debt and credit availability, inflation rate, tax rates, etc.
(iv) Political-Legal Environment The political and legal environment consists of laws, government agencies and pressure groups that influence various organisations and individuals. The other laws viz labour laws, corporate laws, constitutional laws, tax laws, pollution control act, industrial policy also have a great impact on markets.
(v) Technological Environment It includes technology selection, change in technology and governments approach in respect of economy's growth rate.
(vi) Natural Environment It involves the natural resources that are needed as inputs by marketers. In India, many NGOs have continuously fought against indiscriminate mining, use of harmful pesticides, deforestation, introduction of genetically modified foods, pollution of rivers and underground water. Uncontrollable factors of marketing environment are policy of the firm, organizational structure, indirect environment.
PEST analysis describes a framework of macro environmental factors used in the environmental scanning component of strategic management.
P — Political factors
E — Economic factors
S — Socio-Cultural factors
T — Technological factors
It is a part of the external analysis, while conducting a strategic analysis or doing market research. It is useful strategic tool for understanding market growth or decline, business position, potential and direction for operations.
The method of SWOT analysis is to take the information from an environmental analysis and separate it into internal issues (strengths and weakness) and external issues (opportunities and threats).
It is the characteristic of the business or project that give it an advantage over others.
It is the characteristic that place the business or project at a disadvantage relative to others.
It is an element that the project could exploit to its advantage.
It is an element in the environment that could cause trouble for the business or project. Specifically, SWOT is a basic, straightforward model that assesses what an organisation can and cannot do as well as its potential opportunities and threats.
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