A Marketing mix is the division of groups to make a particular product, by pricing, product, branding, place, and quality. Although some marketers[who?] have added other Ps, such as personnel and packaging, Price, Profit, Place, Product the fundamentals of marketing typically identifies the four Ps of the marketing mix as referring to:
Product -A tangible object or an intangible service that is mass produced or manufactured on a large scale with a specific volume of units.
Price – The price is the amount a customer pays for the product. It is determined by a number of factors including market share, competition, material costs, product identity and the customer's perceived value of the product.
Place – Place represents the location where a product can be purchased. It is often referred to as the distribution channel. It can include any physical store as well as virtual stores on the Internet.
Promotion – Promotion represents all of the communications that a marketer may use in the marketplace. Promotion has four distinct elements - advertising, public relations, word of mouth and point of sale.
The Marketing mix is generally accepted as the use and specification of 'the four Ps' describing the strategic position of a product in the marketplace.One version of the origins of the marketing mix starts in 1948 when James Culliton said that a marketing decision should be a result of something similar to a recipe. This version continued in 1953 when Neil Borden, in his American Marketing Association presidential address, took the recipe idea one step further and coined the term 'Marketing-Mix'.
The term "Marketing Mix" however, does not imply that the 4P elements represent options. They are not trade-offs but are fundamental marketing issues that always needs to be addressed. They are the fundamental actions that marketing requires whether determined explicitly or by default.
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