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The 4 Ps

What are the 4 Ps of marketing? Find out in this article taken from an Introduction to Digital Marketing on FutureLearn.

A marketing mix is simply your marketing recipe. You pick and choose the ideal combination of marketing elements according to your strategy. Depending on your unique position and value proposition, your winning combination will have more of one element and less of another.

These elements are known as the 4 Ps of marketing:

  1. Product
  2. Price
  3. Place
  4. Promotion

Graphic shows a quick snapshot of the elements of the traditional marketing mix. These elements are product, price, place and promotion.

A marketing mix helps you to ensure you offer the right product, at the right time, at the right place, and for the right price. This mix forms the basis of your marketing plan and strategy. If you get the right mix, you can achieve great success.

A good marketing mix requires a great deal of understanding, research, and consultation. You could be speaking with traders, customers, manufacturers, and others to get all the facts in place before designing the marketing mix.

A good marketing mix also helps organisations structure their marketing initiatives by focusing on tasks and involving the relevant departments. In turn, this ensures a more process-driven and effective marketing campaign.

Importance of a marketing mix

In your daily business activities, a marketing mix gives you a roadmap of your business objectives so that you stay on track, even if your attention isn’t on the big picture. It keeps your target in focus.

Getting the right marketing mix provides a variety of benefits:

  • helps you understand what your product or service can offer your customers
  • ensures that organisations are focusing on their strengths and avoiding unnecessary costs
  • prepares you for risks and allows you to plan strategies to mitigate these risks proactively
  • provides you with opportunities to learn more about your customer by understanding their requirements in depth
  • gives you an opportunity to know more about promoting your product or service to your customers.

Organisations often don’t build a strong foundation for their marketing mix. They ignore one area or another. For example, they could be unsure of their pricing strategy or focus more on their promotional strategy. This lack of awareness and consistency can be detrimental to your business.

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