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1 Why People Buy: Consumer Behavior

2 Consumer Behavior The process individuals and groups go through to select, purchase, or use goods, services, ideas, or experiences

3 The Consumer Decision Process Problem Recognition Information Search Alternative Evaluation Product Choice Post purchase Evaluation

4 Problem Recognition Occurs whenever a consumer recognizes a difference between the current state and the ideal or desired state Internal cues - consumers recognize state of discomfort External cues - marketers may stimulate consumers to recognize problem

5 Information Search Consumer checks memory and surveys environment to identify what options are available Sources might include personal experience and knowledge, friends, advertising, web sites, and magazines.

6 Evaluation of Alternatives Identify consideration set Narrow list and compare pros and cons Use evaluative criteria to decide among remaining choices

7 Product Choice People may ultimately make the choice based on heuristics Heuristics represent rules of thumb –brand loyalty –country of origin –liking

8 Post purchase Evaluation How good a choice was it? Customer satisfaction/dissatisfaction – buyers remorse Ultimately affects future decisions and word of mouth communication

9 Consumer Decision Making Influences Internal Influences: Perception Motivation Learning Attitudes Personality Age groups Lifestyle Situational Influences: Physical Environment Time Social Influences: Culture, Social class Group memberships Decision Process PURCHASE

10 Internal Influences Perception Motivation Learning Attitudes Personality Age Lifestyle

11 Perception Process by which people select, organize, and interpret information –Exposure: stimulus must be within sensory receptors to be noticed –Perceptual Selection: consumers will pay attention to some stimuli and not to others –Interpretation: consumers assign meaning to stimuli

12 Motivation An internal state that drives us to satisfy needs Once we activate a need, a state of tension exists that drives the consumer to some goal that will reduce this tension and eliminate the need Consequently, only unmet needs motivate

13 Maslows Hierarchy of Needs Self- Actualization Ego Needs Belongingness Safety Physiological

14 Learning A change in behavior caused by information or experience Behavior learning theories assume learning takes place as the result of connections formed between events Cognitive learning occurs when consumers make a connection between ideas or by observing things in their environment

15 Attitudes A lasting evaluation of a person, object, or issue 3 components of attitudes –affect –cognition –behavior

16 Personality The set of unique psychological characteristics that consistently influences the way a person responds to situations in the environment –Innovativeness –Self-confidence –Sociability

17 Family Life Cycle Related to age groups, our purchases also depend on our current position in the family life cycle –stages through which family members pass as they grow older

18 Lifestyles Pattern of living that determines how people choose to spend their time, money, energy and reflects their values, tastes, and preferences Expressed through preferences for sports activities, music interests, and political opinions Psychographics is the segmentation tool used to group consumers according to AIOs

19 SRIs VALS Descriptions

20 Situational Influences Physical Environment –arousal –pleasure Time –time poverty

21 Social Influences Culture and Subcultures Social Class Group Behavior and Reference Groups Opinion Leaders

22 Cultures and Subcultures Culture is the values, beliefs, customs, and tastes produced and valued by a group of people A subculture is a group coexisting with other groups in a larger culture whose members share a distinctive set of beliefs or characteristics

23 Social Class Social class is the overall rank of people in a society People in the same class tend to have similar occupations, similar income levels, share common tastes in clothes, decorating styles, and leisure activities. They may share political and religious beliefs.

24 Reference Groups A reference group is a set of people a consumer wants to please or imitate The group can be composed of one person, a few people, or many people. They may be people you know or dont know –Conformity is at work when people change as a reaction to real or imagined group pressure –Sex roles are societys expectations regarding appropriate attitudes, behaviors, and appearances for men and women

25 Opinion Leaders A person who influences others attitudes or behaviors because they are perceived as possessing expertise about the product


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