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Principle of Marketing: Positioning as a marketing mix

len Alfred Ajibola - Mon, 13th April, 2020 @ 3:02 PM

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Academic Questions in Commerce

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In commerce, the concept of paying in advanced is termed _____.

  • A. Advanced payment

  • B. Up payment

  • C. Forward payment

  • D. Prepayment

  • E. Uphill payment

  • F. Adpayment

In commerce, the concept of 'buy now, pay later' is termed _____.

  • A. Unadventurous payment

  • B. Buy on credit payment

  • C. Deferred payment

  • D. Postponed payment

  • E. Owed payment

  • F. Future payment

In commerce, which of the following is false with regards to a commodity?

  • A. A commodity must always have a market value

  • B. Rendered services are also instances of commodities

  • C. Products applicable to commodities can be bought or sold with money

  • D. A commodity must be standardized

  • E. A commodity must be usable upon delivery

  • F. Commodities can be traded in the futures market

Whatever is being marketed must always provide value to its potential consumers.

  • A. True

  • B. False

Which of the following is not a branch of marketing?

  • A. Merchandising

  • B. Promotions

  • C. Forex

  • D. Search Media Optimization

  • E. Social Media Optimization

  • F. Copywriting

Which of the following is not a characteristics of commerce?

  • A. The only aim of commerce is to make profit

  • B. It is a discontinuous process after profit had been made

  • C. It is accompanied with challenges and uncertainties

  • D. It is 100% business and economic activity

  • E. Transaction processes are always involved in commerce

  • F. It connects the process of production and marketing

Which of the following is not a function of commerce?

  • A. Unnecessary in times of emergencies like earthquakes and wars

  • B. Facilitates mass production of goods

  • C. Influences transportation network within and outside a state

  • D. Attempts to satisfy human needs and wants

  • E. Improves the standard of living

  • F. Acts as an online business link between buyers and sellers

One of the following is a form of division of labour.

  • A. Agonistic division of labour
  • B. Antagonistic division of labour
  • C. Mutualistic division of Labour
  • D. Advanced division of labour
  • E. Solitary division of labour
  • F. Occupational division of labour



Positioning as a marketing mix:

This is the sixth principle of the marketing mix. Think of positioning as the way people think about your company as a result of its rendered services and actions in the past. To this end, your company ranks somewhere in the minds of various customers.


In simple terms, positioning in marketing mix refers to the necessary steps a business should take towards improving its services in order to gain more customers.

Please read on an introduction to the seven principles of marketing here.


When a company becomes well positioned, the customers will become more knowledgeable about its products and services. As a result, positioning (if done right) will always lead to higher sales of the company's product, accompanied with an increased customer database.

Please read on inbound marketing here.


As an organization, an important question to be asked is:

  • How do people think and talk about my company or organization? In this regard, you may take a moment to think about your company's statusquo, ratings and visibility within and outside your country.

The way and manner at which you are evaluated by customers is crucial and will act as a determining factor in a competitive market. To this end, one may think of a company as 'excellent in the kind of product they offer' while the same person may think of a competitive and similar company as 'excellent in customer service'. For instance, your choice of mobile network which you are subscribed to (through your SIM card) is a result of the position you have attributed to them in regards to calls and data services.

You can read on packaging as a marketing mix here.


Personally, I have observed that some people may be eager to click on a web search (through google, bing or another search engine) after seeing the website to which the article is attributed. This is so because the website has indeed created a position or niche for itself. An instance on a google search is shown below - (in the case of Len Academy).


Len Academy


The proper positioning of an organization in a competitive market can be achieved through the following means:


1. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO or 'Search Engine Optimization' is the reason why some websites are positioned highly on search engines like google while others aren't.

SEO can be implemented on the contents of a website through the use of appropriate titles, keywords and contents of the written topic (or article); including the responsiveness and speed of the website.

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The positioning of websites on search engines presents an important criteria in the global ranking of the website. For instance, wikipedia, a website highly ranked by google sits among the first 20 most visited websites in the world.

Note: An instance of SEO for one of Len Academy's article is seen in the screenshot of the google snippet above.


2. Placing targeted adverts

Advertisments are often considered as the first means through which an organization (or a business firm) positions itself. Typical examples of such advertisments are seen in various online platforms, for instance, google adSense.

In google adSense, the adverts are country specific. This means that the google adverts you see on a specific webpage will be different from what another person from a different country sees on the same web page. In short, the advertisments we see on various websites (through google adSense) are more likely to be tailored to our country of residence.

Please read more on advertising here.


Understand that when two people living within the same country visits a specific web page, both may be shown different advertisements. In this case, the adverts shown may be from the result of the previous online activities of each user's browser.

The above instances shows that the advertisments you see on websites are positioned to satisfy your curiosity for one or more products.

You can read on the domain name system (DNS) here.


3. Setting an appropriate price

The price of a product is a significant factor in the positioning of such product. This is why people often associate higher prices to products with higher quality and lower prices with products of lower qualities.

Please read on supply here.

One of the methods utilized in the proper positioning of an organization's product is by making its prices neither too high nor too low. This process will involve a detailed analysis on the product until a medium price is agreed upon. In this way, the product will neither become the cheapest nor most expensive in its spectrum; and that's fair enough.


Another way to go about the setting of an appropriate price is to manufacture products of varying qualities. For instance, samsung is an organization with a variety of products (of varying qualities) that sells at different prices. Within Nigeria, a Samsung phone could be purchased as high as N500,000 or as low as N30,000. Other phones manufactured by samsung may also sell at a medium price of about N75,000.


From the above instance, we can't clearly state that a samsung phone is either too cheap or too expensive since it has been appropriately positioned to satisfy the needs and wants of various customers in regards to their financial strength.

Please read on more on demand and law of demand here.


4. Location of sales

The amount of sales generated from a product will be directly affected by the place and position where the product is sold.

For instance, a person who sell phones in a major market within Lagos state, Nigeria, will likely make more sales than another who sells the same specifications of phones in another major market located in Bornu state, Nigeria.

You can read on foreign trade here.


Similarly, a person who sell phones in a major market within Lagos, will also make more sales than another who sells the same specifications of phones in a scantly populated street in another part of Lagos. The point is:

The position in which a business is located will go a long way in determining the level of sales that the business makes.

Please read on the concept of a retail market here.

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Amazing facts in Commerce

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Notable points in Commerce

The theory of international trade is guided by the principle of comparative cost. This principle was propounded by David Richards.

The principle of comparative cost states that a country should specialize in the production of goods and services in which they have a greater comparative advantage or the least comparative disadvantage.

Below is an instance on the principle of comparative cost.

Now, let us assume we have two countries producing and exporting rice and beans respectively.

  • On a daily basis, If country A produces 100 grams of rice and 300 grams of beans daily and country B produces 50 grams of rice and 150 grams of beans, then according to this principle, country A has an advantage over country B with regards rice and beans production; but better still, country A has a greater comparative advantage in the production of beans.

 

From the above instance, it can also be said that country B is at a disadvantage with regards to the production of rice and beans. Infact, it has a bigger comparative disadvantage with regards to beans production.

The point to note here is this: A country utilizing the principle of comparative cost will always produce quality goods and services at a cheaper cost.

No single country manufactures all the goods and services in our world. This implies that every country of the world relies on certain goods and services imported (or brought in) from other countries.

Foreign trade is defined as the exchange of goods, services and capital between two or more countries.

Foreign trade is also termed as international trade.

Please read more on foreign trade here

Division of labour can be defined as the act of splitting job process into a number of different processes such that each process is done by a different person or group of persons.

Through the process of division of labour, one worker may constantly perform a specific aspect of the job and as a result, may become specialized in that area.

The result of specialization in the different department of a job will imply the production of goods with better quality.

Please read on division of labour here

Forms of division of labour relates the various ways through which division of labour may be carried out.

Take for instance, within a country, one state may choose to specialize in the production of a cars while another specializes in a different area, let's say agriculture.

Below are the forms of division of labour

  • Complex division of labour

  • Occupational division of labour

  • Geographical division of labour

 

Please read more on the forms of division of labour here.

Balance of Trade can be defined as the total value of goods imported and exported by a country during a specific period; usually yearly or annually.

Balance of trade can be either positive, negative or zero

  • A positive balance of trade implies that a country exports more goods than its imports. China as a country is likely to have a positive balance of trade since it exports a variety of goods to other countries.

  • A negative balance of trade is often considered as an unfavorable balance of trade since the country's importation exceeds its exportation. Nigeria (as at 2018) is likely to have a negative balance of trade.

  • A zero balance of trade is reached when imports equal exports.

Please read on balance of trade and balance of payments here.