1. What is Shouldice marketing and how is it staying focused?
Unlike physical products, a service cannot be seen, tasted or felt before it is bought. There is always an element of uncertainty and the service seeker looks for evidence of quality. People will draw conclusions from the place, the people, key influencers, communication material and most importantly from people who have already gone through the experience. Therefore the service provider's task is to supply this evidence, to "tangibilize the intangible" [Kotler]
Shouldice marketing strategy is one of a kind, in the sense that it is different, which is the secret behind every successful strategy. It's thinking out of the box'. It's sensing a need and fulfilling it in a remarkable manner.
Everything we have studied in the past classes seems to be embodied in the strategy of Shouldice hospital from experiential marketing, brand loyalty, providing a memorable experience, the importance of good word of mouth advertising, to focus and using one's competitive advantage to such an extent that although people might try to copy it, there are slim chances of them getting it right.
Shouldice hospital is marketing a well-developed, focused service delivery system, it is providing an experience.
Dr. Earle Shouldice who founded the hospital started this operation from an idea and then developed the idea further by dedication and passion, he operated on men who wanted to be soldiers but were denied because they needed hernia treatment, during the war in 1940, hospital space and doctors were scarce, especially for this non-emergency surgery that normally took three weeks of hospitalization. Dr. Shouldice stepped in and operated without taking any fee, he performed an innovative method of surgery on seventy of these men, hastening their induction into the army, and thus the idea developed into a surgical technique which survived him and is still thriving. As Bruce Lee once said
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