Sunday, January 19, 2020

Those Tricky Hotel Charges and Resort Fees. Be Sure To Read The Hotel's Fine Print.

In 2020, those tricky hotel resort fees are getting trickier. 

Be sure to read the hotel's fine print on their tricky resort fees and more. 


Theses fees are separated and hard to find. 

Ask about them. Look for them in the fine print. 

Las Vegas seems to have more. They now are adding "concession" fees or a "concession fee."  It can be called a "venue" fee. Or the initials, CNF.  All adding revenue to the hotel and taking dollars our of your wallet or purse. 

What is amazing is the state and local taxes will be added on too, after these venue and concession fees. 

What are they? Have they been around for a while?

Not part of the hotel's promoted or advertised hotel room rates, a resort fee may be a daily mandatory additional charge to the room rate and to you. 

The hotel separates them from its advertised price. The fee can be huge depending on your perception and that it’s added on. These fees or added fee can be explained as resort "services" or the pool, wi-fi, in room phone, newspaper or the room's safe. 

The average has been around $24, but we are seeing increases. They have been around since the 90’s, but are on an exponential rise. More and more hotels are tacking them on and are increasing them.

Geographically they are all over Las Vegas, for sure, but also Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Florida. Some ski lodges. 

Be sure to read the fine print. 

They may be hard to find. Usually they are never easily found. 

Be sure to ask about taxes and a resort fee.

I found a resort fee of $67. That's a daily rate. That’s the added fee to your room plus all the the taxes.For a week, that's $469 more. 

Just because the charge is added doesn't mean you need to pay it.  Ask. 

Need more business, Marketing and advertising insights in 2020? 

Visit here for plenty of insights and examples into Marketing, the 9 P's, targeting or "People," as in hotel and travel, product and services, promotion, pricing, and advertising strategies. Plus true, researched marketing insights and fun, insightful, advertising trivia.

For the past 48 years, I have been a Marketing professional, a certified Forensic Marketing Expert, Marketing and Advertising consultant with Londre Marketing Consultants, LLC plus I teach and give seminars on Marketing, Super Bowl spots, global Marketing, Promotion and Advertising. 


I also like giving to MBA candidates, law schools and attorneys my presentations on "What is Marketing? What is Advertising?" 

Eleven years ago, I created and own a copyright for the Marketing concept, the Nine P’s/9 P's of Marketing ©2007, which augments the Marketing Mix or the 4P's (Product, Price, Promotion and Place) by the American Marketing Association, Neil Borden and Jerome McCarthy in the study and practices of Marketing.


In the late 60's I was first taught in Marketing 307 that the "customer," or potential purchasers, buyers are king or kings, but they or consumers are missing as one of the P's, in the 4P's. For marketing professionals, the "target market," "People," buyers, potential buyers and users are more prominent. They have their own "P."  It's "People," in the 9P's of Marketing. 


The utilization of the 9P's of Marketing help, develop and guide a company or a firm's marketing objectives, strategies, tactics and solutions. 

The Nine P's can be truly insightful, in many ways and in many possible tactics and actions. They will help build revenue, manage costs more effectively. 


I consult, teach and work as a Marketing, business and Advertising expert using many Marketing concepts, standards of practice and practices, including the Nine P's/9P's of Marketing.


So, what is Marketing, you and others may ask? 
Marketing is a planning and execution process that involves a product or service's attributes, research, distribution, pricing, partnerships or alliances, promotion and more. 

In my presentations, I detail that advertising is only a small percentage of the answers to marketing problems. All of the Marketing activities and tasks must work together to assure successful marketing practices. 
Firms, associations and companies with the most effective marketing efforts try to thoroughly understand their potential buyers and customers ("People") and the marketplace. 

Companies and new product/service development pros create products and services to meet market needs. These firms and others use marketing research and channels for understanding and communicating to market segments, a target market or audience ("People" in the 9P's of Marketing).

In the study and practice of Marketing, Marketing manager and brand agents develop planning, objectives, strategies and tactics. 


For any size firm and entrepreneurs, the 9P's of Marketing include important components, parts, elements, actions, tactics and efforts. 

For more on insights, ideas, concepts and Marketing solutions: Go to londremarketing.com and look under “Articles and Resources” and the 9P’s/Nine P’s ©2007. Specifically you will find them detailed at 9P’s/Nine P’s.

Or for more fun, marketing strategies/tactics and facts: Go to Marketing Trivia with 40+ stimulating questions and answers at Londre Marketing Consultants, LLC. 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Astros Cheated The Dodgers. What You Can Do About It.

Astros cheated. They cheated anyone interested in baseball. And sports.
It never really made sense to many Dodger fans that they lost the the World Series to the Houston Astros. 
This week Major League Baseball (MLB) released a report detailing how the Astros illegally used cameras, video, tech, a bat and a trash can to steal opposing teams’ pitching signs in home games during the 2017 season. 
Many believe that MLB should strip the Astros of their World Series Championship. 
"Promotion," and what you can do about it. 
Make a stink. 
Go to the media. 
Post. 
Go to the Astros versus the Angels game on March 26th. 
There's a Dodger support group which will buy 1,200 tickets. 
The group is called Pantone 294
It's worth taking a look and for us to add some "Promotion" to the cause. 

For more on insights, ideas, concepts and Marketing solutions: Go to londremarketing.com and look under “Articles and Resources” and the 9P’s/Nine P’s ©2007. Specifically you will find them detailed at 9P’s/Nine P’s.


Or for more fun, marketing strategies/tactics and facts: Go to Marketing Trivia with 40+ stimulating questions and answers at Londre Marketing Consultants, LLC.  

Coke Losing To Pepsi: A PR Story With Many Nine P's Of Marketing Implications.

Another brand-building block for Pepsi in Coke’s space.  

It’s a signal that Pepsi may be looking for more opportunities in the movie theater business.

Regal Cinemas is switching to Pepsi for non-alcoholic beverages. Regal has 546 theaters, 7,178 screens.  

The reason this is a story is that Coca-Cola and its brands own the entertainment and exhibition space. It’s also about “Products” and “Partners,” two of the 9P’s of Marketing. 

Also with some exclusive and limited product offers,  “Promotion” and “Presentation” are also involved.  Pepsi is paying for an exclusive sponsorship for this 4D Theatre Experience.

Pepsi will soon be selling and promoting at Regal Entertainment or Regal Cinemas.

From my experience, I’m sure marketing dollars and investment by Pepsi are involved. It’s an exclusive pact and will take a few months and money for the transition to Pepsi and its Mountain Dew, Bubly, Lifewater, Pure Leaf and AMP Game Fuel products. Regal is already selling Frito-Lay products at the theatres.

Where did this relationship in the US start. Probably in UK where Regal’s parent company Cineworld already had a relationship with Pepsi.

Do you need a better understanding of all areas of Marketing? My nine P's of Marketing give you a framework for understanding and success. 

Do you need examples of strengthening your pillars of your brand strategy?  Branding?   

Do you have the responsibility and the need to increase sales and overall revenue, for products and services?  

I consult, teach and work as a Marketing, Business and Advertising expert using many Marketing concepts, standards of practice and practices, including the Nine P's/9P's of Marketing in court.

As a brand manager, entrepreneur, business owner or advertising agency professional, do you need more business, Marketing and advertising insights? 


Visit here for plenty of insights into Marketing. 

The 9P's is a framework I created while working, teaching and consulting.

The nine P's include targeting or "People," planning, product and services, promotion, pricing, partnership strategies, "Place," Passion and Presentation. Plus true, researched marketing insights and fun, insightful, advertising trivia.

For the past 48 years, I have been a Marketing professional, a certified, credentialed Forensic Litigation consultant (CFLC), a Marketing and Advertising consultant with Londre Marketing Consultants, LLC plus I teach and give seminars on Strategic Marketing, the nine P's of Marketing, Branding, Super Bowl spots, Global Marketing, Promotion and Advertising. 


I also give and present to MBA candidates, law schools and attorneys my "What is Marketing? What is Advertising?" lecture and talk.  I have plenty of examples. This semester I presented at Loyola Law School, Pepperdine University and Woodbury University. 

Twelve years ago, I created and own the marketing objectives, strategies and tactics practice of the 9P's of Marketing. T
he Nine P’s/9 P's of Marketing ©2007 augments the Marketing Mix or the 4P's (Product, Price, Promotion and Place) by the American Marketing Association, Neil Borden and Jerome McCarthy in the study and practices of a copyrighted Marketing concept. I've added "People," "Passion," "Planning" and "Partners" and "Presentation." 

In the late 60's I was first taught in Marketing 307 at USC that the "customer," or potential purchasers, buyers are king or kings, but potential consumers are missing as one of the P's. With the addition of "People," I expanded and developed the additional concepts under the nine P's. 


For marketing professionals, targeting or the "target market," "People," buyers, potential buyers and users are more prominent in my marketing model or theory. These potential buyers have their own "P."  It's "People," in the 9P's of Marketing. 

Marketing is considered an expense and especially at the end of the year, going into the fourth quarter may be one of the first line items cut by companies when they are facing difficulties in the marketplace and tightening budgets. 

The utilization of the 9P's of Marketing helps, develops and guides a company or a firm's marketing objectives, strategies, tactics and solutions. The Nine P's can be truly insightful, in many ways and in many possible tactics and actions. 

They will help build revenue, manage costs, more effectively. 

So, 
you and others may ask "What is Marketing?" 

Marketing is a planning and execution process that involves a product or service's attributes, research, distribution, pricing, partnerships or alliances, promotion and more. 

In my Marketing presentations and talks, I detail that advertising is only a small percentage of the answers to marketing problems. All of the Marketing activities and tasks must work together to assure successful marketing practices. 
Companies, firms and associations with the most effective marketing efforts try to thoroughly understand their potential purchasers, buyers and customers ("People") in your marketplace. 

Companies and new product/service development pros create products and services to meet market needs. Solving consumer "problems." 

These firms and others use marketing research and channels for understanding and communicating to market segments, a target market or audience ("People" in the 9P's of Marketing).

In the study and practice of Marketing, Marketing managers and brand agents develop planning, objectives, strategies and tactics. 


For any size firm and entrepreneurs, the 9P's of Marketing include important components, parts, elements, actions, tactics and efforts.  


Let's start with planning, research, one of the nine P's and also with targeting, "People," one of the other nine elements or components:
  • Planning as in Marketing Planning and Research: 
    • Planning starts with researching and research. 
    • This element of planning in the nine P's is a method for achieving an end, and, looking at the eight other parts; your insights can start a detailed formulation of a program of action. I like using a phrase Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said:“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
    • Look at developing and transforming marketing objectives into marketing strategies to tactics. 
    • Marketing management and managers must make basic decisions on marketing targets (“People”), marketing mix, pricing, distribution, marketing budgets/expenditures and marketing allocations. 
    • Review dividing the total marketing budget among the various tools in the marketing mix and for the various products, channels, promotion, media and sales areas. And there's more under the other 9Ps of Marketing
  • People 
    • "People" or targeting has almost always been left out of the traditional "Marketing Mix," almost every diagram includes the four P's with Product, Promotion, Place and Price.
    • Place "consumer" or "People" or "potential buyers" in the middle of a circle. Find information or data on them. Add the other components in the nine P's. In Marketing, from my education, training, research and analysis plus testimony, there needs to be greater focus on the buyer, "customer," or "People," in both planning ad implementation.
    • Look and analyze your potential, new, existing and repeat customers and users. 
    • To understand your "People" or your market segments, you may need to utilize many characteristics, including:
      • Demographics (such as age, family size, family life cycle, gender, income, occupation, education, religion, race, generation, nationality, social class (is also sometimes put under psychographics.)
      • Geographics (By region, city, metro size, density, climate; plus, by countries and territories.)
      • Psychographics (Social class--Lower lowers to Upper uppers. Social class is also under demographics; Lifestyle-- achievers, strivers, and strugglers; Personality-- Compulsive, gregarious, authoritarian, and ambitious; Lifestyles/Attitudes/Interests and Opinions)
      • Behavioral (Occasions (regular occasions, special occasions, holidays, vacations); Orange juice for breakfast, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day; Benefits (quality, service, economy, convenience, speed---Quality, Time, Money); User status (nonuser, ex-user, potential user, first-time user, regular user); Usage rate (light, medium, heavy user); Loyalty status (none, medium, strong, absolute); Readiness attitude toward product (aware, interest, desire, intending to buy); Attitude toward product (enthusiastic, positive, indifferent, negative, hostile). 
      • Technographics or technographical characteristics. Understand your potential consumer. Remember, in the back of your mind, that the reason technology is phenomenal is because it displaces years, or centuries, of previous technology. Consumers may or may not have the skills. Think employees here too. The reason technology skills are transitory is because they will almost certainly be displaced, too.  Think employees here too, which may be a vital component or components of the 9P's of Marketing. 
    • Once a target market is chosen, the organization can develop its marketing strategies to target a market segment or marketing segments.
    • Simply it's about Segmentation and Targeting. Add Positioning and you have STP, as a major first or second step, which may need for your firm to do more research and planning. . 
    • Product and Services: 
      • It's a product (service) is anything that can be offered to a market for attention, acquisition, use or consumption that might satisfy a want or need.
      • It's the goods and service combination the firm offers to the target market, including variety of product mix, features, branding, designs, packaging, sizes, services, maintenance contracts, warranties and return policies.
    • Place (Distribution): 
      • Consider, develop and review store and non-store options, e-commerce and “brick and mortar” factors, geographic considerations, objectives, strategies and tactics, including with your “Partners, too.” 
      • It's your offering of the right product at the right PLACE or location, at the right time, at the right price. It's the company’s activities that make the product available, using distribution and trade channels, roles, coverage, assortments, locations, inventory and transportation characteristics and alternatives.  
    • Price or Pricing:
      • Simply it's the amount of money a consumer is willing to pay to obtain the product.  But "price" is so much more. “Pricing” is the sum of the values that customers exchange for the benefits of having or using the product or service. 
      • Pricing decision making involves adjusting prices concerning the competitive environment, economic situations and involve buyer perceptions. Simply, all aspects regarding pricing
      • Pricing or "Price" also includes wholesale/retail/promotional prices, discounts, trade-in allowances, quantity discounts, credit terms, sales and payment periods and credit terms. 
    • Promotion: 
      • I teach and consult that there are eight (8) major, strategic components or communication elements which are personal and non-personal communication activities, under "promotion." . 
      • The activities that communicate the merits of the overall product include:
        • Personal Selling/ Sales Force: Sales persons. Your sales force. 
          • Helpful consulting tip or hint: Listen more than you talk. People who listen more, learn more, plus helps you position your service/product/solution or offering. 
        • Advertising is paid media. There's an expression "It is only creative if the product or service sells." I wanted to add "It is only good media spending if it sells."  People used to plan their lives around TV, now they plan television around their lives.
        • Sales Promotion
        • Collateral Materials
        • Direct Marketing (also referred to as Action or Direct Response Advertising)
        • Interactive/Internet/Web, Digital Media, Social Media:  
        • Events and Experiences
        • Public Relations/PR
      • What some strategic questions under Promotion? 
        • What should your company promote? Strategic copy points, for your product or service.
        • Evaluate the eight different elements under Promotion and your brand's practices. Ask is there a better way? A different promotional mix. There has to be a better way. 
        • What are your costs in dollars and manpower or person power? Ask "Is there a different way or ways to budget, your promotional dollars?" 
        • Look at different strategic partners? Their costs?
        • To whom should you target and promote? Under "People/"Targeting, target market, audience with media falls here. Have you noticed that you may watch what you want to watch in TV programming when you want to watch it and anywhere, any screen? That affects media planning. 
        • You can differentiate with price. Discounting? Special sales? What economic and discount levels should you offer? Look at revenue versus costs. 
        • What form or combination of promotion should you offer? Features?
        • How frequent? Add media planning concern.  
      • Partners: 
        • Working with others and organizations which take part in an undertaking with another or others, in a business or company with shared risks and profits. Also referred to as Alliances. 
        • With "Partners" and your Marketing efforts, it is vitally important to partner and align with firms that have similar corporate philosophies. Simple but complex and difficult, have agreed upon objectives and strategies.
      • Presentation: 
        • This “P” or “Presentation” is the act of displaying, using, presenting, and putting forward any of your efforts utilizing the other 9P’s© and/or components to your customers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, sales force, marketing intermediaries, clients, employees, partners, and/or others.
        • Be sure to look for real” product and service experiences. 
        • This "P" helps you enable consumers and “allowing” them to feel the brand. As part of "presentation," I also place “events and experiences” under Promotion. 
        • While traditional marketing is based on target audience impressions/ views/ clicks/ exposure, experimental marketing involves engaging with your potential consumers. 
      • Passion:
        • This "P" are those intense, driving or overmastering feelings, emotions in the planning, developing, implementing and executions of pricing, promoting, partnering, selling and overall marketing of products or services.

        For more on insights, ideas, concepts and Marketing solutions: Go to londremarketing.com and look under “Articles and Resources” and the 9P’s/Nine P’s ©2007. Specifically you will find them detailed at 9P’s/Nine P’s.
        Or for more fun, marketing strategies/tactics and facts: Go to Marketing Trivia with 40+ stimulating questions and answers at Londre Marketing Consultants, LLC.  



        Friday, January 17, 2020

        Let The Promotion Of Super Bowl LIV Begin. Oh, It Has Already Begun

        Is it the game? The TV spots? The players? The teams? 

        You've got the game and this weekend the two teams will be the winners of the NFL and the AFL championship games. But there is so much more. 
        Super Bowl LIV:  When and where?  Sunday, Feb. 2, starting at 3:30 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
        Who is the halftime show? It's  Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. 
        Who will sing national anthem? It's Demi Lovato.  Signing will be done by Christine Sun Kim.  
        How do they promote Demi? As a multi-platinum singer and songwriter, Grammy-nominated, plus actress, philanthropist.
        Oh, they add " and much more.


        Do you need a better understanding of all areas of Marketing? My nine P's of Marketing give you a framework for understanding and success. 

        Do you need examples of strengthening your pillars of your brand strategy?  Branding?   

        Do you have the responsibility and the need to increase sales and overall revenue, for products and services?  

        I consult, teach and work as a Marketing, Business and Advertising expert using many Marketing concepts, standards of practice and practices, including the Nine P's/9P's of Marketing in court.

        As a brand manager, entrepreneur, business owner or advertising agency professional, do you need more business, Marketing and advertising insights? 

        Visit here for plenty of insights into Marketing. 

        The 9P's is a framework I created while working, teaching and consulting.

        The nine P's include targeting or "People," planning, product and services, promotion, pricing, partnership strategies, "Place," Passion and Presentation. Plus true, researched marketing insights and fun, insightful, advertising trivia.

        For the past 48 years, I have been a Marketing professional, a certified, credentialed Forensic Litigation consultant (CFLC), a Marketing and Advertising consultant with Londre Marketing Consultants, LLC plus I teach and give seminars on Strategic Marketing, the nine P's of Marketing, Branding, Super Bowl spots, Global Marketing, Promotion and Advertising. 

        I also give and present to MBA candidates, law schools and attorneys my "What is Marketing? What is Advertising?" lecture and talk.  I have plenty of examples. This semester I presented at Loyola Law School, Pepperdine University and Woodbury University. 

        Twelve years ago, I created and own the marketing objectives, strategies and tactics practice of the 9P's of Marketing. T
        he Nine P’s/9 P's of Marketing ©2007 augments the Marketing Mix or the 4P's (Product, Price, Promotion and Place) by the American Marketing Association, Neil Borden and Jerome McCarthy in the study and practices of a copyrighted Marketing concept. I've added "People," "Passion," "Planning" and "Partners" and "Presentation." 

        In the late 60's I was first taught in Marketing 307 at USC that the "customer," or potential purchasers, buyers are king or kings, but potential consumers are missing as one of the P's. With the addition of "People," I expanded and developed the additional concepts under the nine P's. 

        For marketing professionals, targeting or the "target market," "People," buyers, potential buyers and users are more prominent in my marketing model or theory. These potential buyers have their own "P."  It's "People," in the 9P's of Marketing. 

        Marketing is considered an expense and especially at the end of the year, going into the fourth quarter may be one of the first line items cut by companies when they are facing difficulties in the marketplace and tightening budgets. 

        The utilization of the 9P's of Marketing helps, develops and guides a company or a firm's marketing objectives, strategies, tactics and solutions. The Nine P's can be truly insightful, in many ways and in many possible tactics and actions. 

        They will help build revenue, manage costs, more effectively. 

        So, 
        you and others may ask "What is Marketing?" 

        Marketing is a planning and execution process that involves a product or service's attributes, research, distribution, pricing, partnerships or alliances, promotion and more. 

        In my Marketing presentations and talks, I detail that advertising is only a small percentage of the answers to marketing problems. All of the Marketing activities and tasks must work together to assure successful marketing practices. 
        Companies, firms and associations with the most effective marketing efforts try to thoroughly understand their potential purchasers, buyers and customers ("People") in your marketplace. 

        Companies and new product/service development pros create products and services to meet market needs. Solving consumer "problems." 

        These firms and others use marketing research and channels for understanding and communicating to market segments, a target market or audience ("People" in the 9P's of Marketing).

        In the study and practice of Marketing, Marketing managers and brand agents develop planning, objectives, strategies and tactics. 

        For any size firm and entrepreneurs, the 9P's of Marketing include important components, parts, elements, actions, tactics and efforts.  

        Let's start with planning, research, one of the nine P's and also with targeting, "People," one of the other nine elements or components:
        • Planning as in Marketing Planning and Research: 
          • Planning starts with researching and research. 
          • This element of planning in the nine P's is a method for achieving an end, and, looking at the eight other parts; your insights can start a detailed formulation of a program of action. I like using a phrase Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said:“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
          • Look at developing and transforming marketing objectives into marketing strategies to tactics. 
          • Marketing management and managers must make basic decisions on marketing targets (“People”), marketing mix, pricing, distribution, marketing budgets/expenditures and marketing allocations. 
          • Review dividing the total marketing budget among the various tools in the marketing mix and for the various products, channels, promotion, media and sales areas. And there's more under the other 9Ps of Marketing
        • People 
          • "People" or targeting has almost always been left out of the traditional "Marketing Mix," almost every diagram includes the four P's with Product, Promotion, Place and Price.
          • Place "consumer" or "People" or "potential buyers" in the middle of a circle. Find information or data on them. Add the other components in the nine P's. In Marketing, from my education, training, research and analysis plus testimony, there needs to be greater focus on the buyer, "customer," or "People," in both planning ad implementation.
          • Look and analyze your potential, new, existing and repeat customers and users. 
          • To understand your "People" or your market segments, you may need to utilize many characteristics, including:
            • Demographics (such as age, family size, family life cycle, gender, income, occupation, education, religion, race, generation, nationality, social class (is also sometimes put under psychographics.)
            • Geographics (By region, city, metro size, density, climate; plus, by countries and territories.)
            • Psychographics (Social class--Lower lowers to Upper uppers. Social class is also under demographics; Lifestyle-- achievers, strivers, and strugglers; Personality-- Compulsive, gregarious, authoritarian, and ambitious; Lifestyles/Attitudes/Interests and Opinions)
            • Behavioral (Occasions (regular occasions, special occasions, holidays, vacations); Orange juice for breakfast, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day; Benefits (quality, service, economy, convenience, speed---Quality, Time, Money); User status (nonuser, ex-user, potential user, first-time user, regular user); Usage rate (light, medium, heavy user); Loyalty status (none, medium, strong, absolute); Readiness attitude toward product (aware, interest, desire, intending to buy); Attitude toward product (enthusiastic, positive, indifferent, negative, hostile). 
            • Technographics or technographical characteristics. Understand your potential consumer. Remember, in the back of your mind, that the reason technology is phenomenal is because it displaces years, or centuries, of previous technology. Consumers may or may not have the skills. Think employees here too. The reason technology skills are transitory is because they will almost certainly be displaced, too.  Think employees here too, which may be a vital component or components of the 9P's of Marketing. 
          • Once a target market is chosen, the organization can develop its marketing strategies to target a market segment or marketing segments.
          • Simply it's about Segmentation and Targeting. Add Positioning and you have STP, as a major first or second step, which may need for your firm to do more research and planning. . 
          • Product and Services: 
            • It's a product (service) is anything that can be offered to a market for attention, acquisition, use or consumption that might satisfy a want or need.
            • It's the goods and service combination the firm offers to the target market, including variety of product mix, features, branding, designs, packaging, sizes, services, maintenance contracts, warranties and return policies.
          • Place (Distribution): 
            • Consider, develop and review store and non-store options, e-commerce and “brick and mortar” factors, geographic considerations, objectives, strategies and tactics, including with your “Partners, too.” 
            • It's your offering of the right product at the right PLACE or location, at the right time, at the right price. It's the company’s activities that make the product available, using distribution and trade channels, roles, coverage, assortments, locations, inventory and transportation characteristics and alternatives.  
          • Price or Pricing:
            • Simply it's the amount of money a consumer is willing to pay to obtain the product.  But "price" is so much more. “Pricing” is the sum of the values that customers exchange for the benefits of having or using the product or service. 
            • Pricing decision making involves adjusting prices concerning the competitive environment, economic situations and involve buyer perceptions. Simply, all aspects regarding pricing
            • Pricing or "Price" also includes wholesale/retail/promotional prices, discounts, trade-in allowances, quantity discounts, credit terms, sales and payment periods and credit terms. 
          • Promotion: 
            • I teach and consult that there are eight (8) major, strategic components or communication elements which are personal and non-personal communication activities, under "promotion." . 
            • The activities that communicate the merits of the overall product include:
              • Personal Selling/ Sales Force: Sales persons. Your sales force. 
                • Helpful consulting tip or hint: Listen more than you talk. People who listen more, learn more, plus helps you position your service/product/solution or offering. 
              • Advertising is paid media. There's an expression "It is only creative if the product or service sells." I wanted to add "It is only good media spending if it sells."  People used to plan their lives around TV, now they plan television around their lives.
              • Sales Promotion
              • Collateral Materials
              • Direct Marketing (also referred to as Action or Direct Response Advertising)
              • Interactive/Internet/Web, Digital Media, Social Media:  
              • Events and Experiences
              • Public Relations/PR
            • What some strategic questions under Promotion? 
              • What should your company promote? Strategic copy points, for your product or service.
              • Evaluate the eight different elements under Promotion and your brand's practices. Ask is there a better way? A different promotional mix. There has to be a better way. 
              • What are your costs in dollars and manpower or person power? Ask "Is there a different way or ways to budget, your promotional dollars?" 
              • Look at different strategic partners? Their costs?
              • To whom should you target and promote? Under "People/"Targeting, target market, audience with media falls here. Have you noticed that you may watch what you want to watch in TV programming when you want to watch it and anywhere, any screen? That affects media planning. 
              • You can differentiate with price. Discounting? Special sales? What economic and discount levels should you offer? Look at revenue versus costs. 
              • What form or combination of promotion should you offer? Features?
              • How frequent? Add media planning concern.  
            • Partners: 
              • Working with others and organizations which take part in an undertaking with another or others, in a business or company with shared risks and profits. Also referred to as Alliances. 
              • With "Partners" and your Marketing efforts, it is vitally important to partner and align with firms that have similar corporate philosophies. Simple but complex and difficult, have agreed upon objectives and strategies.
            • Presentation: 
              • This “P” or “Presentation” is the act of displaying, using, presenting, and putting forward any of your efforts utilizing the other 9P’s© and/or components to your customers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, sales force, marketing intermediaries, clients, employees, partners, and/or others.
              • Be sure to look for real” product and service experiences. 
              • This "P" helps you enable consumers and “allowing” them to feel the brand. As part of "presentation," I also place “events and experiences” under Promotion. 
              • While traditional marketing is based on target audience impressions/ views/ clicks/ exposure, experimental marketing involves engaging with your potential consumers. 
            • Passion:
              • This "P" are those intense, driving or overmastering feelings, emotions in the planning, developing, implementing and executions of pricing, promoting, partnering, selling and overall marketing of products or services.

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