The Art and Science of Marketing: Marketing for Marketing Managers

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Business & Economics - 441 pages
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If your organization has customers, you need to understand marketing. To achieve the best results from your marketing requires a subtle blend of art and science. It can also benefit from recommendations for practice rather than lists of options from which to choose. The art of marketing comes from the doing of marketing-implementing programs to attain and retain customers, and seeing what actually works. This is the province of marketing managers, direct marketers, advertisers and consultants. The examples of good and bad practice used throughout this book illustrate this approach. The science of marketing comes from research-about markets, customers, competitors and how effectively various types of marketing programs work. This is the province of academics and market researchers. The science of marketing provides the foundations for good marketing practice. Sometimes this science is ignored in the rush to embrace new ideas and technologies. For example, the long scientific history of the adoption and diffusion of innovations says that the Internet will take a long time to fundamentally change the way large numbers of customers buy their products and services. If more managers and investors had understood this then many dot.coms would not have become dot.bombs. This book blends art and science to provide insight for marketing managers about how to implement marketing more effectively to both create and capture the value of the offers they make to their target customers. In the process it questions the usefulness of some of the more recent marketing fads.

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About the author (2005)

Grahame Dowling is a Professor of Marketing at the Australian Graduate School of Management. His work has been published in the discipline's most respected academic and applied journals, such as the Journal of Marketing, California Management Review, and Sloan Management Review. The material in Chapter 11 was recognised as being one of the top 50 articles published in 400 world-wide management journals in 2002. His previous book is Creating Corporate Reputations (OUP, 2001).

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