Wednesday 24 June, 11:00 – 12:00 CEST
True Marketing Defined by Dr. Christine Koontz
Dr. Koontz is a recently retired and current adjunct faculty member at Florida State University (FSU) and San Jose State University (SJSU), USA.
The Keynote Speech will be chaired by Dr. Heli Kautonen, Finnish Literature Society, Finland
Information professionals are natural marketers whether we think of ourselves in this way or not. Successful marketers meet the needs of customers in timely, convenient, and useful ways—and in the process make customers satisfied. Our professions strive for this daily, and knowledge of systematic marketing helps puts these efforts into practice. A four-step marketing model facilitates understanding today’s presentation, “True Marketing Defined.”
Marketing research is finding out all you can about your market(s) whether they be actual or potential customers. Market segmentation is based upon the marketing research and assumes that markets are heterogeneous—that is, consisting of diverse groups with different demographics, interests, lifestyles, and needs. Marketing mix strategies are developed with the consideration that most organizations are limited in resources and therefore must allocate carefully developing product, price, place, and promotion of materials, services, and programs, based upon the research and delivered to various segments. Program-level evaluation assesses the results of marketing efforts.
Over the last four decades, libraries, archives, and museums and supporting professional organizations advocate and produce evaluation measures due to the need for accountability amidst disruptive and changing times, and competition for dwindling public and private funds.