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1 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING Krista Duniach Université dAngers

2 BIBLIOGRAPHY Czinkota and Ronkainen (2002), International Marketing, Thomson South-Western. De Mooij (2003), Global Marketing and Advertising, Understanding Global Paradoxes, Sage. Keegan and Green (2005), Global Marketing, Prentice Hall. Kotler and Armstrong (2006), Principles of Marketing, Prentice Hall. Prime et Usunier (2004), Marketing international, Développement des marchés et management interculturel, Vuibert. Usunier (2000), Marketing across Cultures, Prentice Hall. Periodicals: MOCI, HBR, JIBS, JM, JMR…

3 Introduction What is international business? -Wide range of activities involved in conducting business transactions across national boundaries -Described as being heterogeneous, universal and sequential -Comprehensive approach to operations of both large and small firms engaged in business abroad -Concerns all activities of the firm (selling, procurement, outsourcing…) -About seizing global opportunities (market expansion or diversification) -Driving forces (regional economic agreements, converging needs and wants, communication improvements, quality, leverage…) and restraining forces (management myopia, corporate culture, national controls, globaphobia…) Orientations: Export, Internationalization, Globalization

4 Introduction EPRG Model Ethnocentric: everything is centered on the domestic market. Polycentric: several important foreign markets exist. Regiocentric: the market is composed of several large economic regions. Geocentric: the world is one large global market.

5 EPRG Model - Characteristics EthnocentricPolycentricGeocentric ApproachInternational operations are secondary Each country is relatively independent The world is one common market VisionCentered on the domestic market Each market is unique Global vision of the world PrioritySearching for identical segments in foreign markets Taking into consideration differences in foreign markets Unifying differences in the world market Planning centerNational headquarters Subsidiary in each country World headquarters StructureInternational division Division for each zone Matrix structure

6 EPRG Model - Characteristics EthnocentricPolycentricGeocentric StaffCitizens from the domestic market Citizens from each market Most qualified Marketing strategy ExtensionAdaptationExtension, Adaptation, Creation Management style CentralizedDecentralizedIntegrated and interactive ProductionDomesticLocalLow-cost sources of supply PartnershipsAgent, licensingJoint-venturesStrategic alliances Performance measures Domestic market share Local market share World market share

7 Introduction What is marketing? Marketing is a social and managerial process by which individuals and groups obtain what they need and want through creating, offering, and exchanging products of value with others. (Kotler) Process, exchange, value

8 Marketing process Understand the marketplace and customer needs and wants Design a customer- driven marketing strategy Construct a marketing program that delivers superior value Build profitable relationships and create customer satisfaction Capture value from customers to create profits and customer quality Create value for customers and build customer relationships Capture value from customers in return Marketing technology Global markets Ethics and social responsibility

9 Introduction What is international marketing? - International marketing is the process of planning and conducting transactions across national borders to create exchanges that satisfy the objectives of individuals and organizations (Czinkota and Ronkainen) - International marketing focuses its resources on global market opportunities and threats (Keegan and Green) - International marketing is the motor of the internationalization process of the firm (Usunier) - It is a tool used to obtain improvement of the firms position in the global market - Strategy and action, global and local

10 Introduction International Marketing Decisions Deciding whether to go abroad Deciding which markets to enter Deciding how to enter the market Deciding on the marketing program Deciding on the marketing organization

11 Introduction What are the similarities and differences between international marketing and domestic marketing? –Similarities: basic concepts, practices and tools are almost identical, key success factors are the same… –Differences: more strategic, more variables, more complex, cultural differences, legal constraints, information sources, managing distances, entry mode choice…

12 Introduction International marketing concept Export marketing Global marketing Inter-cultural, multi-cultural marketing

13 Course Outline Culture and international marketing International marketing research International marketing strategy and programs

14 Chapter 1 Culture and international marketing

15 Culture and international marketing Concepts of culture Dimensions and models of culture Examples and international marketing consequences

16 What is culture? Culture is the integrated sum total of learned behavioral traits that are shared by members of a society (Hoebel) Culture is the entirety of societal knowledge, norms and values (Antonides and Van Raaij) Culture is the collective mental programming of the people in an environment. Culture is not a characteristic of individuals; it encompasses a number of people who were conditioned by the same education and life experience (Hofstede) Culture both affects and describes human behavior, it is essential in international marketing

17 Fundamentals of culture –Culture is a total pattern of behavior that is consistent and compatible in its components. It is not a collection of random behaviors… –Culture is a learned behavior. It is not biologically transmitted. It depends on environment, not heredity. –Culture is behavior that is shared by a group of people, a society. It is a distinctive way of life.

18 Culture vs. personality Personality is the individuals unique personal set of mental programs that he/she does not share with any other human being. Culture is what members of a group have in common. It is the glue that binds groups together (De Mooij) Human nature depends on culture: ideas, values, acts, emotions… are cultural products. Cultural patterns help people to live together in a society.

19 Manifestations of culture Symbols Heroes Rituals Values and Norms Expressions of culture

20 Symbols Symbols are words, gestures, pictures, or objects that carry a particular meaning recognized only by those who share a culture. This is the most superficial manifestation of culture. New symbols are easily developed and old ones quickly disappear. Symbols from one cultural group are regularly copied by others.

21 Heroes Heroes are people, alive or dead, real or imaginary, who possess characteristics that are highly prized in a society. They serve as role models for behavior. They can become globally known, but their stories often become local.

22 Rituals Rituals are the collective activities considered socially essential within a culture. They are carried out for their own sake. They are easily observed, but not always understood.

23 Values Values are at the core of culture. Values are stable beliefs regarding desired behavior or end states. They often have a religious, ideological or humanistic background. Goals are derived from values. Values are among the first things children learn, not consciously but implicitly. Core values are resistant to globalization; they vary across cultures and are not likely to change frequently.

24 Norms Norms and values are part of the non-material culture. Norms are beliefs regarding how to behave and how not to behave (dos and donts). People differ in the extent to which they accept and comply with norms. They create expectations and criteria regarding the conduct of others.

25 Explicit vs. implicit culture Explicit culture: languages, behavior, know-how, institutions (directly observable) Implicit culture: moral values, learning process, beliefs and representations (subconscious)

26 According to Hoebel… There are 3 types of cultural norms in terms of behavior: 10% of norms are technical: –explicit, logical and transferable; written norms of a society (laws, technical manuals, rules, etc…) 30% of norms are formal: –explicit, moral and transmissible; traditions of a culture; learned through education (manners, courtesy…) 60% of norms are informal: –implicit, instinctive and imitated; sunken part of the iceberg (facial expressions, body language, cultural perspective on time and space…) How do these cultural norms influence international business and marketing?

27 Two levels of cultural diversity in international business External cultural diversity –Cultural determinants influencing purchasing and consumption behaviors (Who buys? What? Where? How? Why?) –Cultural determinants influencing negotiations (relationships with suppliers, buyers, partners) Internal cultural diversity –Observed within all MNCs (identity and corporate culture) –Cultural differences that affect the way subsidiaries work together

28 Four levels of culture in marketing DOMINANT CULTURE Non-material consumer culture Material culture of products (market) Non-material culture of the firm (corporate culture)

29 Transfer of culture Two main cultural transfer processes: Socialization: transfer of culture to new generations; older generation to younger generation; education. Acculturation: transfer of culture to adults who have grown up in different cultures, who have been socialized in different cultures; ethnic minorities; multicultural societies.


31 Agents involved in cultural transfer AgentsAge (years)Most important values Parents0Obedience, cleanliness, honesty Siblings2Responsibility, social recognition Schools, teachers6Ambition, capability, logical behavior Friends6Courage, social recognition Church6Honesty, peace, salvation, forgiveness Sport, clubs12Ambition, courage Mass media12Pleasure, intellect

32 Processes of cultural change Socialization and acculturation usually imply a gradual cultural change because transfer agents tend to favor cultural continuity rather than jeopardize their powerful position. In contrast, innovative forces are less conservative and may challenge the status quo. 4 processes: cohort effects, age effects, democratization and exclusivation.

33 Cohort effects Acceptance of new values and behaviors begins at a young age. These values and behaviors are retained over the years. They are spread in society because young people grow older and the old values gradually disappear with the extinction of the older cohorts. Implies a slow cultural change.

34 Age effect Certain values or behaviors are associated with a particular age group. Behaviors are modified as age groups change. Age-bound consumer behavior. Possible reverse socialization.

35 Democratization Cultural leveling or spreading Cultural differences across social classes decrease. Results from an increasing level of general welfare, the influence of mass media and the stress on the equality ideal. Mechanisms of democratization: trickle-down, trickle-up, trickle-across.

36 Exclusivation Reverse of democratization Occurs less frequently Implies limited social spreading of values, goods and behavior. Cultural change is limited to a certain group (elite, leading edge).

37 Dimensions of culture What makes one culture different from another culture? How can we compare cultures or cluster cultures according to behavioral characteristics? Stereotypes vs. cultural dimensions Different cultures have different stereotypes of other cultures. Ethnocentrism and SRC

38 Cultural dimension models Hall – High-context vs. low-context cultures Kluckhohn – Relationship to nature Hofstede – Five dimensions of culture

39 Halls cultural model Focuses on communication patterns found within cultures Four essential dimensions in terms of communication patterns: –Context –Time –Space –Information flow High-context vs. low-context cultures

40 Low-context and high-context cultures Low-context –Messages are explicit –Words carry most of the information in communication (facts, data) –Effective verbal communication is expected to be explicit, direct, and unambiguous High-context –Less information is contained in the verbal part of the message –Much more information resides in the context of communication (background, associations, symbols, basic values of the communicators) –Verbal mode is only one part of communication, nonverbal is often seen as having greater importance Degree of context of cultures: comparison of law (US and France)

41 Time Different cultures have different concepts of time. This can explain differences in behavior. Dimensions of time: –Closure: a task must be completed, if not perceived as wasted –Long-term vs. short-term thinking –Orientation toward past, present or future –Linear or circular (tangible or intangible) –M-time and P-time –Cause and effect –Time as symbol (time is money, efficiency, waiting, discretionary time)

42 A few examples… FactorsHigh-contextLow-context LawyersLess importantVery important A persons wordTo be trusted« Get it in writing » Responsibility for errorTaken by the highest levelPushed to the lowest level SpacePeople breathe on each other People maintain a bubble of private space TimePolychronic, circularMonochronic, linear NegotiationsAre lengthyProceed quickly Competitive biddingInfrequentCommon ExamplesJapan, China, Middle EastUS, Germany, Switzerland

43 Kluckhohns cultural model 3 types of relationships between humanity and nature: –Mastery-over-nature (man is to conquer nature) –Harmony-with-nature (man is to live in harmony with nature) –Subjugation-to-nature (man is dominated by nature) Further developed with: nature of people, duty, mode of activity, privacy of space, temporal orientation…

44 Humanity and Nature Mastery-over-natureHarmony-with-natureSubjugation-to-nature -Humanity is separate from nature -Nature should be controlled -To move a mountain -No distinction between humanity, nature and supernatural -Communion, exchange, subtle intimacy -Identification with nature -People are dominated by nature -Supernatural forces play a dominant role in religion -Nothing can be done to control nature Western world, North America Asia, JapanAfrica, South America Use in international marketing?

45 Hofstedes cultural model Hofstedes 4D or 5D model Quantitative and longitudinal study of cultural differences between countries Why some concepts of motivation do not work in all countries in the same way Cultures Consequences and Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind Scores for each country explain why people and organizations in various countries differ, comparative data. Reference in international business and international marketing

46 How do we measure cultural distance? Geert Hofstedes Cultural Index - National character survey IBM employees - 72 countries and 20 languages Five different poles make up the cultural index: - Power distance - Uncertainty avoidance - Individualism - Masculinity - (Long term orientation) Original scores for 56 countries, extended to nearly 90

47 5D Model PDI UAI IDVMAS LTO Work-related values to consumption- related values

48 Power distance (PDI) High PDI vs. Low PDI the extent to which less powerful members of a society accept and expect that power is distributed unequally Reflected in the values of both the less powerful and more powerful members of society Influences the way people accept and give authority Shows class or social structure Focuses on the degree of equality, or inequality, between people in the countrys society

49 Uncertainty avoidance (UAI) High UAI vs. Low UAI the extent to which people feel threatened by uncertainty and ambiguity and try to avoid these situations Strong UAI = need for rules and formality to structure life, search for truth and belief in experts Conflict and competition are threatening Higher level of anxiety, show of emotions is accepted

50 Individualism (IDV) Individualistic vs. Collectivistic people looking after themselves and their immediate family only, versus people belonging to in-groups that look after them in exchange for loyalty I-conscious and we-conscious Focuses on the degree the society reinforces individual or collective achievement and interpersonal relationships Distinguishes between societies where the group and being a member is important (collectiveness) and societies where the group is less important (individualism)

51 Masculinity (MAS) Masculine vs. Feminine the dominant values in a masculine society are achievement and success; the dominant values in a feminine society are caring for others and quality of life Focuses on the degree the society reinforces, or does not reinforce, the traditional masculine work role model of male achievement, performance, control and power Shows the importance of status in societies Indicates the degree of gender differentiation and the importance of masculine values (assertiveness, money, material goods, success…)

52 Long-term orientation (LTO) Long-term vs. Short-term orientation Chinese value survey, Confucian dynamism the extent to which a society exhibits a pragmatic future-oriented perspective rather than a conventional historic or short-term point of view High LTO = perseverance, ordering relationships by status, thrift, sense of shame, family ties, long-term thinking, paternalism Focuses on the degree the society embraces, or does not embrace, long- term devotion to traditional, forward thinking values Indicates whether the country prescribes to the values of long-term commitments and respect for tradition

53 Examples of Hofstedes Dimensions

54 Some country examples CountryPDIUAIIDVMASLTO Australia Belgium Denmark France Germany Great Britain India Italy Japan Netherlands Spain USA World average

55 Comparison of cultural dimensions More information on

56 American culture Classical dimensions: M-time culture, linear time- pattern, low-context, low PDI, individualistic, high MAS, low UAI, short-term orientation Other dimensions: success, obsession with change (new and better), credit card culture, education for competitiveness, independence, ethnocentrism, strong role differentiation, innovativeness, creativity, private opinions expressed, education teaches students to be critical (ask why not how), man must conquer nature, (De Mooij)

57 Japanese culture Classical dimensions: P-time culture, circular time concept, high-context, high PDI, collectivistic, masculine, strong UAI, long-term orientation Other dimensions: pressure to behave like neighbors, shame-based society, avoid jolting social harmony, dependence, private opinions not expressed, status is important (success) but avoid standing out in a crowd, cash culture, thrift and perseverance, strong role differentiation, education (how instead of why), education has an intrinsic value, obsession with cleanliness, harmony with nature… (De Mooij)

58 Limits to Hofstedes model Generalization, reductive, simplistic (unproven and unprovable, flawed assumptions, storytelling…) Original objective: how values in the workplace are influenced by culture Three discrete cultures –Organizational –Occupational –National Questionnaire – quantitative data Differences in location – intracultural differences, subcultures ?

59 Intracultural differences Few cultures are homogeneous in terms of cultural traits and norms Consequence of globalization? Intracultural differences (nationality, religion, race, language or geographic areas) result in the emergence of distinct subcultures Existence of cross-cultural and intracultural differences: opportunities and threats

60 To summarize on culture… Culture is complex and multi-dimensional, but classification is important in business Cultural distance is essential in international marketing Culture influences perceptions and drives how we communicate and what we communicate SRC and ethnocentrism can explain the failure of many companies in the international arena Acculturation (adjusting and adapting to a specific culture other than ones own) is one of the keys to success in international operations

61 How does culture affect international marketing? Languages and the use of language in communicating, advertising, negotiating… Marketing research is much more difficult to conduct from a methodological perspective Buying patterns and behaviors will vary in different cultural contexts Marketing mix will be perceived differently from one country to another Management styles will be directly related to culture…

62 Marketing and cultural differences Marketing areaInfluence of cultural differences Consumer behaviorDecision-making, cross-cultural attitudes, local vs. global Marketing researchCross-national equivalences Global marketing strategyGlobal strategy vs. customized strategy Segmentation & targetingInter-national (regional, global) vs. intra-national Product policyAdapt or standardize product attributes Brand imageBrand perception, country of origin, made in Pricing policyPrice-quality ratio, influence of price in decision-making Distribution channelsType of channel, distributor relationships CommunicationValues, visions of the world, communication styles AdvertisingAdvertising messages, symbols, adaptation of strategy SalesSales force management, PR, corruption, ethics NegotiationNegotiation strategies, process, results, styles… Source: Usunier

63 Cultures consequences on international marketing Marketing research (understanding consumers) Segmentation (classifying consumers) Product policy (satisfying consumers) Distribution channels (reaching consumers) Advertising (communicating with consumers)

64 Chapter 2 International Marketing Research

65 International marketing research Review of marketing research techniques Specific problems in international markets

66 Review of marketing research techniques General principles of marketing research Qualitative research Quantitative research

67 What is marketing research? Marketing research is the link between the marketer and the market… It is the starting point of marketing… Marketing research is the systematic design, collection, analysis, and reporting of data and findings relevant to a specific marketing situation facing the company. MIS: consists of people, equipment, and procedures to gather, sort, analyze, evaluate, and distribute needed, timely, and accurate information to marketing decision makers.

68 Marketing process Understand the marketplace and customer needs and wants Design a customer- driven marketing strategy Construct a marketing program that delivers superior value Build profitable relationships and create customer satisfaction Capture value from customers to create profits and customer quality Create value for customers and build customer relationships Capture value from customers in return Marketing technology Global markets Ethics and social responsibility


70 Marketing research goals UNDERSTAND DESCRIBE EXPLAIN MEASURE FORECAST VERIFY Product, consumer, distributor, competitor, environmental analysis

71 Marketing research process Define problem and research objectives Develop the research plan Collect the information Analyze the information Present the findings

72 Research design The research design formally describes the characteristics of the survey and the procedures used to conduct the study. It is the methodological framework of the research. Contents: –Goals –Information sources –Variables –Survey method –Sampling method –Data analysis –Calendar –Budget Internal validity External validity

73 Types of marketing research EXPLORATORY DESCRIPTIVE CAUSAL -Documentary -Qualitative -Documentary -Quantitative -Experimentation -Observation

74 Research methods Observational research - Audit: inventories, facing, pantry check… - Mechanical: scanning, EDI, eye camera… Experimental research - Product/concept tests: prototype, comparative or not - Market/store tests: laboratory stores, catalog sales, mobile stores, in-store tests, city tests… Ad hoc research -Qualitative research: interviews, focus groups… -Quantitative research: surveys, opinion polls…

75 Qualitative and quantitative research The distinction between qualitative and quantitative research depends on the nature of the research problem. If why? or how? QUALITATIVE RESEARCH If how many? or how much? QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH

76 Information Sources Secondary sources: Existing data. All forms of documentary research. DESK RESEARCH Primary sources: Data collected for a specific situation at companys request. FIELD RESEARCH, AD HOC These sources can be internal or external. The choice will depend on the marketing problem, objectives, resources…

77 Documentary Research First step to marketing research 4 steps –Define the topic (clear, feasible, pertinent) –Identify key words associated to the topic –Search for available sources of information –Consult, sort and summarize information Questions to ask –Does the data correspond to the situation? –Is there a risk of obtaining biased information? –Was the research design technically coherent? –Are the findings clear, precise…?

78 Research and polling institutes These institutes collect information for resale. They can give 2 types of information: –Standardized periodic information: panels, longitudinal studies. Firms subscribe to this information. This is a secondary information source. –On-order studies: reserved solely for one company or omnibus studies. This is a primary information source.

79 Advantages and disadvantages of information sources SecondaryPrimary Advantages Low in cost Diversity Available Problem definition Familiar with market Adapted information Recent, up-to-date Not available to competitors Disadvantages Incomplete, outdated Inadequate False information Difficult to control Costly Difficult to collect Time consuming

80 Sequence and relationship between different sources of information SECONDARY SOURCES (Desk Research) InternalExternal PRIMARY SOURCES (Field Research) QualitativeQuantitative

81 Qualitative marketing research

82 What is qualitative marketing research? Collecting and analyzing psycho-sociological elements which explain facts, attitudes, opinions, motivations and behaviors of all people involved in a given marketing situation Qualitative research methods are used for in-depth exploratory studies of the decision-making process and psychological mechanisms that affect individual or group behavior

83 Why use qualitative research? Qualitative research studies lead to understanding the causes or the basis for behaviors, attitudes and opinions. They are often based on analyzing how a product or company is perceived by individuals or consumers. However, results cannot be extrapolated. They cannot be considered as being representative of the entire population. Sample size =

84 Qualitative research is used in the following cases: Defining the marketing problem is difficult (explore market) Finding causes, decision-making criteria of consumer behavior Secondary information is insufficient Constructing questionnaire for a survey Explaining surprising results of quantitative research Promoting creativity

85 Advantages and disadvantages of qualitative research AdvantagesDisadvantages -Quick and flexible (maximum 70 people) -Less costly -Allows exploration -Attitudes, motivations, opinions are studied -Reveals deep feelings and thoughts -Non-representative sample -Research design is difficult to plan -Quality of the study depends on researcher skills

86 Different types of qualitative research Two ways of classifying qualitative studies: –Degree of induction (level of consciousness) Unstructured interview (pure exploration) Centered or focus interview (exploration and in-depth analysis) Structured interview (identification and verification) –Number of people being interviewed Individual Group

87 Choosing a Type of Interview OPINIONS ATTITUDES MOTIVATIONS / BELIEFS Structured interview Centered or Focus interview Unstructured interview or centered with projective tests Levels of consciousness

88 Unstructured interviews Conducted in a face-to-face situation Large, ambiguous opening Funnel approach The respondent is free to express his feelings as wishes and for as long as he wishes Non-directive, but reformulation techniques Use in marketing

89 Unstructured interviewing steps Present research objectives Large opening statement or questions Researcher adopts a non-directive attitude Reformulation techniques (« mirror effect ») Respondent goes further in-depth « auto-exploration »

90 Centered or focus interviews Same general structure and basic principles as the unstructured interview However, an interview guide is used This guide is composed of topics or questions to be addressed during the interview The interviewer will bring up topic if and only if respondent does not spontaneously address issues This is NOT a questionnaire (no order, modifications possible, different versions allowed) This is the most popular form of qualitative research

91 Projective techniques Used to avoid psychological obstacles (taboos, reluctance, courtesy bias, subconscious…) or to go further in-depth Visual or written stimuli The respondent will overcome hesitations Difficult to analyze, ambiguous Different tests –Word association –Sentence completion –Story completion –Frustration or cartoon test –TAT (Thematic Apperception Test) –Haire test

92 Example – Nescafé (Haire test) List 1 1 lb. of carrots Roast beef 1 can of Delmonte corn Heinz ketchup Folgers ground coffee Tide laundry detergent 3 onions List 2 1 lb. of carrots Roast beef 1 can of Delmonte corn Heinz ketchup Nescafé instant coffee Tide laundry detergent 3 onions ? ?

93 Structured interviews Most directive method in qualitative marketing research A questionnaire is used However, the questionnaire is only composed of open-end questions Questionnaire facilitates the research process as well as analysis Confusion between qualitative and quantitative research It is theoretically incorrect to extrapolate or generalize the findings

94 Focus groups Nearly always use the centered approach (interview guide, group discussion is directed by interviewer) About 7 to 10 participants per group The role of the interviewer is very important Interviewer must manage the group in terms of participation, conflict, domination, summaries, etc… Organization and logistical aspects

95 Focus group phases Three phases during the group interview: –Presentation (warming up): explanations, rules of the game, individual introductions, anonymous responses… –Exchange: each participant gives his or her opinions, thoughts, group dialogue, tests… –Summarize: verify all topics of interview guide, repeats, star technique (circept), gift…

96 Comparing different types of interviews Unstructured : large opening statement and non- directive attitude ( 500 to 800 ) Centered : interview guide to « center » discussion ( 250 to 500 ) Structured : qualitative questionnaire ( 150 to 200 ) Focus group : centered interview, 7 to 10 participants per group ( 5000 to 8000 )

97 Comparing individual interviews and focus groups AdvantagesDisadvantages Individual interview -Personal, in-depth questions -Lower cost per respondent -Only solution in some cases (B to B, competitors) -Researcher training -Analyzing findings -Long to conduct Focus groups -More information during discussion -Quicker to conduct -Possible to study interactions and influences during the decision process -Stimulate ideas and creativity -No in-depth motivations -Risk of conformity, strong group influence -Organizational and logistic difficulties

98 Qualitative sampling No representative sample, but variety of individuals is important No important profiles should be excluded Sequential procedure (arborescence) is used: –List of criteria explaining differences of behavior –Rank criteria from most important to least important –List possibilities for each criteria –Build arborescence –Verify coherency of arborescence

99 Sampling in focus groups Same basic principles (arborescence) All participants must feel equal However, there are two important rules: –Group must be heterogeneous (cover all of the profiles of the populations) –Group must be homogeneous (for criteria that may lead to an unbalanced group) Many groups may be need to be organized in order to avoid unbalanced groups or inter-group pressure

100 Qualitative data analysis Two different methods can be used: –Summaries of interviews, verbatims –Content analysis Requires re-transcribing of all interviews Specialized software Quantification, scientific rigor Time and budget

101 Quantitative marketing research

102 Differences compared to qualitative research Associated with descriptive research Objectives are different: verify, measure, estimate... Sampling methods are different Large sample size (300 – 1000+) Methods of administration change Precision of an estimation, margin of error Data analysis is more sophisticated

103 Advantages and disadvantages of quantitative research AdvantagesDisadvantages -Delivers precise numerical estimations (forecasting, market share, intentions…) -Extrapolation possible -Representative sample -Superior objectivity -Statistical techniques -Inter-group comparisons -Longitudinal studies -Does not explain why or how -Precision tool, not a discovery tool -Self-report data -Broad but shallow data -Long and costly -Difficult in B to B -Participation is unrewarding (direct marketing)

104 Categories of quantitative research Census –Collect information from each member of the population –Complete canvass of the population –Depends on the size of the target population Survey –Most familiar of all market research methodologies –Collect information from a portion of the population –Procedure in which a fixed set of questions is asked of a sample of respondents –On the basis of information collected on the subset, it is possible to infer something about the larger group –Inference depends on the sampling method

105 Census vs. Survey Census: n = N Survey: n/N = subset of the population, survey rate or sampling rate Exhaustive or non-exhaustive survey Generalization and extrapolation of findings

106 Validity of quantitative research Representative sample sampling method and response rate Precision sample size and margin of error Quality of questionnaire and administration Researcher training and experience Quality of information processing Quality of data analysis

107 What is sampling? n 70% N 70% + e Sampling is necessary every time the population size is too large to be able to collect information from all elements of the population.

108 Probability vs. non-probability sampling Probability –Each population element has a known, non-zero chance of being included in the sample –Final elements are selected objectively by a specific process –Equal probabilities are not necessary –Allow an assessment of the amount of sampling error likely to occur –Requires an exhaustive sample frame Non-probability –No way of estimating that probability that any population element will be included in the sample –Rely on personal judgment somewhere in the process –Statistically, precision (sampling error) cannot be evaluated

109 Quantitative sampling methods Simple random sample Cluster sample Area sample Level random sample Stratified random sample Quota sample Random route sample Judgment sample (on- the-spot sample) Convenience sample PROBABILITY SAMPLES NON-PROBABILITY SAMPLES

110 Probability sampling SRS: each population element has a know and equal chance of being selected; central-limit theorem (when n is large, the sample mean will be normally distributed). Cluster and area: first parent population is divided into mutually exclusive and exhaustive subsets, then a random sample of the subset is selected. LRS: random sampling occurs at several different levels of the population. Stratified: population is divided into strata or subpopulations and random sampling occurs in each stratum (proportionate and disproportionate).

111 Non-probability sampling Quotas: attempt to ensure that the sample is representative by selecting sample elements in such a way that the proportion of the sample elements possessing a certain characteristic is approximately the same as the proportion of the elements with the characteristic in the population. Random route: each field worker is given a random route to follow, leading to the selection of people to interview. Judgment: sample elements are handpicked because it is expected that they can serve the research purpose and it is believed that they are representative of the population of interest (purposive samples). Convenience: sometimes called accidental samples because those composing the sample enter by accident (volunteers, radio shows…)

112 Choosing a sampling method Do we have a sample frame? Is SRS too costly? Is the population stratified? SRS Stratified sample Do we have a frame of clusters? Is it too costly? Cluster or area sample Are there frames at different levels? Level random sample Yes No Yes No Yes NoYes No

113 Do we know the structure of the population for several variables that explain differences in behavior? Quota sample YesNo Is the population widely dispersed? Random route No Are there mandatory passage points? Judgment or on-the-spot sample Snowball or other convenience sample Yes No Yes

114 Sample size and precision With probability samples, precision and minimal sample size can be determined Sample size must be greater than 30 Estimation, confidence level, confidence interval and margin of error Probability sampling methods or Kish coefficient Precision of an estimation is not proportional to sample size, but to the square root of the sample size. To double precision, the sample size must be multiplied by four.

115 Sample size and margin of error n = t pq e 2 2 Non-exhaustive sample n = (n x N) / (n + N) Exhaustive sample e = t pq n Margin of error for probability samples n = budget – fixed costs direct cost per unit Budget approach

116 Procedure for developing a questionnaire Specify what information will be collected Determine type of questionnaire and method of administration Determine content of individual questions Determine form of response to individual questions Determine wording of each question Determine sequence of questions Determine physical characteristics of questionnaire Reexamine and revise Pretest questionnaire and revise if necessary

117 Type of questionnaire and method of administration These two decisions are interdependent The length of the questionnaire will influence the choice of the method of administration Self-administered questionnaires (mail, Internet, questionnaire in magazine, etc…): response rate is generally low (< 20%) Questionnaires completed with researcher (direct personal interviewing, phone): longer questionnaire and higher response rate (50%)

118 Form of response Open-ended Dichotomous: 2 possible answers Multiple choice: 3 or more possible answers Likert scale: a statement with which the respondent shows the amount of agreement or disagreement (strongly agree – strongly disagree) Semantic differential scale: a scale connecting two bipolar words, respondent selects the point that represents his/her opinion (enthusiastic – unenthusiastic) Importance scale: rates the importance of some attribute (extremely important – extremely unimportant) Rating scale: rates some attribute from poor to excellent Intention-to-buy scale: describes respondents intention to buy a product or service (definitely buy – definitely not buy) Avoid halo effect (change direction in scales to avoid repetition)

119 Question wording The phrasing of a question can directly affect the responses. General rules: –Use simple words –Avoid technical vocabulary in consumer research –Avoid double negations –Avoid ambiguous words and questions –Avoid leading questions –Avoid double-barreled questions Examples

120 Question sequence General rules: Questionnaire should be very logical and easy to respond to. Use simple, interesting opening question. Use the funnel approach (start with broad questions and progressively narrow down in scope). Avoid jumping around from topic to topic. Use transitions. Design branching questions with care. Place difficult or sensitive questions late in the questionnaire. Ask for classification information last.

121 Question sequence Knowledge and awareness questions Factual behavior questions Attitude questions Intention questions Classification questions

122 Questionnaire pretest Data collection should never begin without an adequate pretest of the instrument. Can be used to assess both individual questions and their sequence. Small sample of 10 to 30 Questionnaire followed by interview to identify problems and misunderstandings Pretest results are not included in the final results of the survey The pretest is the most inexpensive insurance the marketer can buy to ensure the success of the questionnaire and the entire research project

123 Quantitative data analysis Univariate analysis descriptive statistics and graphical information Multivariate analysis cross-tabulations, Chi square tests, correlation analysis, multiple regression analysis, cluster analysis (perceptual mapping), factor analysis….

124 Cost factors affecting surveys Sample size Accessibility Survey length Analysis 100 per respondent

125 Specific problems in international markets

126 General context of international marketing research Globalization, but change at different rates in different parts of the world Challenge of conducting high quality research as quick as possible in multiple diverse settings Research conducted simultaneously in developed and developing world Unbalanced spread of marketing research expenditures Multi-faceted issues (where, how, who, tools, comparisons…) New technologies (CATI, CAPI, scanners, Internet…)

127 3 specific problems in international marketing research Who will conduct the research? degree of research centralization Is the information comparable? cross-cultural research equivalences What are the sources of bias? five bias types

128 Who will conduct international marketing research? The firm can use internal or external research services. The unknown competitive situation and different cultural backgrounds complicate the choice between internal and external research. Problem: exclusive contracts with marketing research firms… To what degree should international marketing research be centralized? Three choices: internal marketing department, domestic research firm, foreign research firm

129 The degree of centralization of international marketing research Access to information Information sources Quality and reliability of information Adaptation to firms problem MonitoringCost Internal marketing department Low access. Network problem. Competitive analysis difficult. Limited knowledge of sources in foreign market. Risk in terms of analysis. Language problems. Cultural bias. Excellent. Low in cost. Travel expenses and use of staff. Domestic research firm Good if the firm has an important local network. Excellent in France. Perhaps limited in foreign market. Risk in terms of analysis. Language problems. Depends on the informal network. Very good. Easy to clarify if problems. Good. Easy to monitor during the research process. High in cost. Specific project fees. Foreign research firm Very good. Low risk of ignoring essential information. Excellent in foreign market, but only local. Excellent.Limited. The firm may be unknown. Limited. Risk of non- conformity with initial objectives. Variable.

130 Is the information comparable? This question is very important in cross-cultural or comparative studies. Some words, ideas, concepts, practices, etc… will have different meanings in different cultural contexts. Research equivalence is necessary, but not always easy to achieve. Equivalences must be verified before conducting research on foreign consumer behavior.

131 International equivalences Functional equivalence: do products serve the same function? Conceptual equivalence: do relevant concepts have the same meaning and/or importance? Category equivalence: does the product belong to the same category or domain? Translation equivalence: cross-check, translation-retranslation Metric equivalence: scaling, odd/even, do adjectives have the same strength and distances? Respondent equivalence: who should answer questions? same social role? sampling unit… Sampling frame equivalence: how will sample be chosen?

132 Sources of bias Bias = distorted results, incorrect or false compared to reality… Biased responses are more likely to occur in international marketing research than in domestic research and are harder to avoid Importance of control, pre-test, acculturation… Research plans must be adapted to reduce the risk of biased responses

133 5 sources of bias Courtesy bias: concerns the social desirability of answers, the respondent hopes to please the interviewer Subject bias: concerns the way a society perceives an issue as being more or less sensitive Cultural-trait bias: a given cultural trait can alter the findings (IDV, MAS…) Response style bias: some responses are more or less extreme in some cultures (scaling, ranking), coefficients Non-response bias: non-response style varies according to country, gender, race…

134 Practical consequences in international marketing… Qualitative research only accounts for less than 20% of research expenditures around the world (emerging markets, innovation, brand renewal…), but this is increasing Length of interview and compensation will vary from one market to the other (monochronic and low-context = shorter interviews and larger compensation) Some techniques are unknown or unfeasible (projective techniques, on-line surveys, CAGI/CATI…) Focus groups are very culture-bound (collectivistic vs. individualistic societies, social status, disagreement…) Sampling techniques are limited (reliable information is not widely available, statistics, sampling base…) Collecting information is difficult (level of economic development, illiteracy, local authorizations…) Cross-cultural research is limited (comparison is difficult, concepts/rituals…) Recent developments in international marketing research

135 Chapter 3 International Marketing Strategy and Programs

136 Expanded marketing process model Understand the marketplace and customer needs and wants Design a customer-driven marketing strategy Construct a marketing program that delivers superior value Build profitable relationships and create customer satisfaction Capture value from customers to create profits and customer quality Create value for customers and build customer relationships Capture value from customers Research consumers and market Manage marketing information and customer data Select customers to serve: segmentation and targeting Decide on a value proposition: differentiation and positioning Product and service design: build strong brands Pricing: create real value Distribution: manage demand and supply chains Promotion: communicate VP CRM and CEM: build strong relationships with chosen customers Partner relationship management: build strong relationships with marketing partners Create satisfied loyal customers Capture customer lifetime value Increase share of market and share of customer Marketing technologyGlobal marketsEthical and social responsibility

137 Corporate strategy vs. marketing strategy SBUSBU SBU Core market S1 S2 S3 Target segment Positioning Marketing mix Strategic segmentation Strategic positioning Market segmentation Market targeting Market positioning -Sales objectives -Budgets -4 Ps Consumer preferences Competitor positioningFirm advantages

138 Market segmentation What is it? –Identifying and profiling distinct groups of buyers who might require separate products and/or marketing mixes –Clustering consumers in terms of behavior, needs, attitudes, opinions… Why? –Buyers/consumers differ in many ways –They do not respond to the same stimuli in the same way –So, different offers for different types of buyers Market segmentation represents an effort to increase a companys targeting precision.

139 Levels of market segmentation Mass marketing –Mass production, distribution and promotion of one product for all buyers –Largest potential market, one size fits all –Lowest costs = lower prices or higher margins Segment marketing –Large identifiable group within a market –Buyers differ in their wants, purchasing power, location, attitudes and habits…but the company is not willing to customize its offer to each individual customer –More appropriate products and services, distribution and communication easier, fewer competitors Niche marketing –More narrowly defined group, a small market whose needs are not being well served –Smaller companies can become more competitive through specialization –Better understanding of customers who willingly pay a price premium Individual marketing –Segments of one, customized marketing, one-to-one marketing… –More frequent in B to B than in B to C –New technologies allow mass customization ; ability to prepare on a mass basis individually designed products and communications to meet each customers requirements

140 Market segmentation procedure Market segments and niches can be identified by applying successive variables to subdivide a market. 3 steps: Research stage: gain insight into consumer motivations, attitudes and behavior and collect important data (attributes and ratings, brand awareness and rating, product-usage patterns, attitudes toward product category, customer characteristics…). Analysis stage: factor analysis to remove highly correlated variables and cluster analysis to create a specific number of maximally different segments. Profiling stage: each cluster is profiled in terms of its distinguishing attitudes, behavior, customer characteristics… Market segmentation must be redone periodically because market segments change over time, especially in international markets

141 Segmentation variables Consumer characteristicsMarketing characteristics Geographic -Nations -States -Regions -Cities… Demographic -Age and life-cycle stage - VALS or psychographics -Gender -Income -Generation -Social class… -Consumer responses to benefits sought, use occasions or brands (consumer-response segments) -Hierarchy of attributes in choosing a brand, shifts in consumer priorities (market partitioning) -Marketing mix variables: product, price, placement, promotion (price-quality-type dominant) In international marketing, broader market segments compared to domestic segments, transnational segments

142 Example 1: culture-based segmentation Size (million) PDIUAIIDVMASMarketing implications Cluster 1 Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, GB, Ireland 203SmallMediumMedium- High HighPreference for high performance products, use successful-achiever them in advertising, desire for novelty, variety and pleasure, fairly risk-averse market. Cluster 2 Belgium, France, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey 182MediumStrongVariedLow- Medium Appeal to consumers status and power position, reduce perceived risk in product purchase and use, emphasize product functionality. Cluster 3 Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway 37SmallLowHighLowRelatively weak resistance to new products, strong consumer desire for novelty and variety, high consumer regard for environmentally friendly marketers and socially conscious firms.

143 Example 2 : segmentation of CEE markets « Marketization »: –Countries exposure to global communications, increased product availability and variety, and overall attempt to close the living standards gap with developed countries –Reflects a set of institutional values and cultural requirements for the operation of effective private markets (materialistic values as a stimulus for greater production, competition, freedom of information…) « Westernization »: –Countries proximity to the West –The duration and the extent of their openness to Western influence and culture

144 CEE clusters High Marketization Low Marketization Low Westernization High Westernization Cluster 1 Cluster 2 Cluster 3 Cluster 4 Source: Lascu, Manrai and Manrai Clusters are likely to have common characteristics and share similar consumer needs and purchasing behavior

145 Central and Eastern European clusters Cluster 1: High-marketization and high-westernization (Hungary, Poland, Czech and Slovak Republics, Slovenia) –Geographic: Central Europe, border developed countries, more urbanized –Cultural: Slavic languages (except Hungary), primarily Catholic religion –Economic: more developed Cluster 2: Low-marketization and high-westernization (Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia) –Geographic: Central Europe, more urbanized –Cultural: Slavic languages, primarily Eastern Orthodox and Muslim –Economic: more developed, but less than cluster 1

146 Central and Eastern European clusters Cluster 3: High-marketization and low-westernization (Bulgaria and Romania) –Geographic: Balkan peninsula, urbanized to a lesser extent than cluster 2 –Cultural: Latin and Slavic languages, Eastern Orthodox religion –Economic: slower in the development process Cluster 4: Low-marketization and low-westernization (Albania and Western countries of the former Soviet Union) –Geographic: Less urbanized than cluster 3 –Cultural: Slavic languages (Russian is the primary commercial language), Eastern Orthodox and Muslim –Economic: formerly fierce dictatorships, slower development

147 Market targeting After identifying different markets and market segments, the firm must: Evaluate the various segments Decide how many and which ones to target

148 Evaluating the market segments Overall attractiveness of the segment –Size, growth, profitability, scale economies, low risk… –How easy is it to persuade buyers to shift their purchases (consumers, relative non-consumers, absolute non-consumers)? –Brand loyalty vs. dissatisfied buyers Companys objectives and resources –Do segments correspond to the companys long-term objectives? –Does company possess the skills and resources needed to succeed in the segment? –The company should only enter market segments in which it can offer superior value

149 Selecting market segments 5 different target market strategies: Single-segment concentration –Concentrated marketing –Strong knowledge of segments needs –Strong market position in segment –Economies through specialization = high returns –Risks are higher than normal Selective specialization –Several segments that are objectively attractive –Little or no synergy among segments but each is profitable –Diversification of firms risk

150 Selecting market segments Product specialization –Concentrate on certain product to several segments –Strong reputation in specific product area –Risk of technology Market specialization –Concentrate on serving many needs of a particular customer group –Strong reputation with group, channel for all new products –Risk of decreased buying power in the group Full market coverage –Serve all customer groups with all products they need –Limited to very large firms –Undifferentiated: ignore segment differences, one offer for entire market –Differentiated: operate in several segments with different programs for each

151 Market positioning Market positioning: act of designing the companys offering and image so that they occupy a meaningful and distinctive competitive position in the target customers mind; refers to the consumers perception of a product or brand amongst other brands Objective: attaining a prominent place for companys brand amongst other brands in the minds of consumers Positioning mainly results from marketing communication regarding brands, social communication and personal experience Categorization and positioning within category Product differentiation, international coherency

152 Importance of product differentiation Market segmentation Product differentiation Demand side Heterogeneous markets are divided into homogeneous submarkets (market segmentation) Supply side Homogeneous products can be differentiated into products tuned to these homogeneous market segments (market positioning)

153 Differentiation attributes ProductServicesPersonnelChannelImage Features Performance Conformance Price Quality Durability Reliability Repairability Style Design Ordering ease Delivery Installation Customer training Customer consulting Maintenance Warranty Competence Courtesy Credibility Reliability Responsiveness Communication Coverage Expertise Performance Value proposition Emotional power Symbols Media Atmosphere Events Different attributes in different markets, cultural influence

154 Promoting the difference How many difference should a firm promote? USP: best quality, best service, lowest price, best value, safest, fastest, most convenient, most advanced technology… Double-benefit positioning: if two or more firms are claiming to be best on the same attribute, search for special niche within the target segment, two benefits must be compatible (safest and most durable) The number of differences should be limited (communication, clarity, credibility) Coherency in international markets is essential, between markets and between segments

155 Communicating the firms positioning Once positioning strategy chosen, the firm must communicate the positioning effectively Mentally distinguish offerings, enter into the minds of consumers Communication through physical signs and cues Marketing mix is used to communicate the companys positioning

156 From marketing strategy to marketing programs Marketing strategy must be implemented through marketing programs Managers must decide on marketing expenditures, marketing mix, and resource allocation –Internal cultural diversity –External cultural diversity Marketing mix allows firm to communicate and implement its strategy, formalized in marketing plan

157 Marketing mix Marketing mix is the set of marketing tools that the firm uses to pursue its marketing objectives in the target market. 4 Ps (McCarthy): –Product –Price –Promotion –Place 4 Cs (Lauterborn) -Customer needs and wants -Cost to the customer -Communication -Convenience

158 The four Ps of the marketing mix ProductProduct variety, quality, design, features, brand name, packaging, sizes, services, warranties, returns… PriceList price, discounts, payment period, credit terms… PromotionSales promotion, advertising, sales force, public relations, direct marketing… PlaceChannels (direct, indirect, exclusive, selective, intensive), coverage, assortments, locations, inventory, logistics, transport…

159 Standardization vs. adaptation Debate in marketing since Buzzell (1968) and Levitt (1983) Factors encouraging standardization –Economies of scale in production –Economies in R&D –Economies in marketing –Global competition –Shrinking of world market –Converging, homogeneous cultures Factors encouraging adaptation –Differing use conditions –Government and regulatory influences –Local competition –Differing consumer behavior patterns –True to marketing concept Degree of standardization, Degree of adaptation, global/local paradox

160 Need for adaptation Degree of cultural grounding High Low Nature of product Industrial/Technology intensiveConsumer Source: Czinkota and Ronkainen

161 Factors affecting adaptation Consumption patterns Psychosocial characteristics Cultural criteria

162 Consumption patterns Pattern of purchase –Is the product purchased by relatively the same consumer income group from one country to the other? –Do the same family members motivate the purchase or dictate brand choice in all target countries? –Do most consumers expect a product to have the same appearance? –Is the purchase rate the same regardless of the country? –Are most purchases made at the same kind of retail outlet? –Do most consumers spend the same amount of time making the purchase? Pattern of usage –Do most consumers use the product for the same purpose? –Is the product used in different amounts from one area to another? –Is the method of preparation the same in all target markets? –Is the product used along with other products?

163 Psychosocial characteristics Attitudes toward the product –Are the basic psychological, social, and economic factors motivating the purchase and use of the product the same for all target markets? –Are the advantages/disadvantages of the product in the minds of consumers basically the same from one country to another? –Does the symbolic content of the product differ from one country to another? –Is the psychic cost of purchasing and using the product the same? Attitudes toward the brand –Is the brand name equally known and accepted in all target countries? –Are customer attitudes toward the package basically the same? –Are customer attitudes toward pricing basically the same? –Is brand loyalty the same throughout target countries for the product?

164 Cultural criteria Does society restrict the purchase and/or use of the product to a particular group? Is there a stigma attached to a product? Does the usage of the product interfere with tradition in one or more of the targeted markets? Does the message of the product correspond to core cultural values? How do the different dimensions of culture influence the purchase and use of the product?

165 Product A product is anything that can be offered to a market to satisfy a want or need (Kotler) –Physical goods –Services –Persons –Places –Organizations –Ideas Common product problems: Developing new products Managing life-cycle strategies Managing product lines Managing brands… Product policy, product mix

166 Product mix: product lines and brands Product lines –Width: how many product lines the firm carries –Length: how many items in each product line –Depth: how many variants are offered of each product in the line –Consistency: how closely related the various product lines are (end use, production, distribution channels, etc…) Branding –Identifies the company at six different levels: attributes, benefits, values, culture, personality and user –Brand awareness, brand acceptability, brand preference, brand loyalty –Global branding and international coherency Degree of adaptation in FMCG

167 Elements of a product Core benefit or service Packaging Brand name QualityStyling Features Installation Delivery and credit After- sale service Warranty Augmented product Tangible product Core product Global variations, adapt or standardize?

168 Specific international product policy problems Country of origin, made in effect Preference for national brands Global branding (mono, line, umbrella) Brand equity and extension International standards Product protection Product adaptation

169 International product policy Existence of global product? International standard? Three common strategies –Straight extension –Product invention –Product adaptation Technical adaptation Commercial adaptation Consumer products vs. industrial products

170 Pricing Select pricing objective Determine demand Estimate costs Analyze competitors costs, prices, and offers Select pricing method Select final price

171 Common pricing methods Mark-up pricing: add a standard mark-up to the products cost Target-return pricing: determine price that would yield its target rate of return (ROI) Perceived-value pricing: buyers perception of value, not the sellers cost, is the key to pricing Value pricing: low price for fairly high-quality (EDLP) Going-rate pricing: prices are largely based on competitors prices, rather than on costs or demand Sealed-bid pricing: competitive-based pricing based on expectations of how competitors will price Yield pricing: discriminatory pricing depending on customer segment and inventory level

172 International pricing policy International price escalation problem Four types of strategies –Uniform price everywhere: different profit rates, too high in some countries –Market-based price: ignores costs, parallel importations –Cost-based price: standard markup everywhere, too high in some countries –Identical pricing position: compare to local competition in each market Transfer prices and dumping Gray-market problem, copies…

173 Promotion Identify target audience: research, image analysis… Determine communication objectives: awareness, knowledge, liking, preference, conviction, purchase… Design message: content, appeals, structure, format, source… Select communication channels: personal, non-personal Promotion budget: weight of promotion in marketing mix… Promotion mix: allocation between advertising, sales promotion, public relations, sales force and direct marketing… Measure results: research…

174 Promotion mix – communication platforms AdvertisingSales promotion Public Relations Sales forceDirect marketing Print and broadcast ads Packaging Motion pictures Brochures Directories Billboards P-P displays Symbols and logos Contests Sampling Gifts Fairs and trade shows Demonstrations Coupons Rebates Entertainment Loyalty programs Tie-ins Press kits Speeches Annual reports Sponsorships Publications Community relations Lobbying Company magazine Special events Sales presentations Sales meetings Incentive programs Samples Fairs and trade shows Catalogs Websites Mailings Telemarketing On-line sales TV shopping

175 International promotion policy Three different levels of communication: Corporate communication: inform firms partners (shareholders, administrations, suppliers, press, etc…) Institutional communication: communicate the firms values to the public and inside the organization Brand or product communication: image, consumers desires, technical characteristics, performance, etc… Corporate and institutional communication are easily standardized, but brand/product communication is harder to standardize

176 Communication and advertising Advertising is a form of communication A products position or difference is transmitted to target segment through communication Communication styles vary from country to country, they are culture-bound The role and importance of advertising/media also vary from one country to another Cultural factors affecting communication: –High-context vs. low-context –Explicit vs. implicit –Direct vs. indirect –Informational vs. emotional

177 Cultural dimensions and advertising appeals Power distance –High: status symbols, presence and importance of elders, master-learner relationships… –Low: independence, empowered consumers Individualism/Collectivism –IDV: low context, direct, explicit (you, we, I…), data, facts –COL: high context, indirect, symbols, entertainment, groups Masculinity/Femininity –MAS: winning, success, domination, persuasion, comparative advertising, reverse sexism… –FEM: less endorsement, caring, less role differentiation Uncertainty avoidance –High: explanations, testing, technology, design, structure, well-groomed –Low: results are important, change, subtle LTO/STO –STO: sense of urgency, direct style –LTO: build trust, nature, entertainment

178 Advertising models and culture (1/2) Sales-response model –Simple stimulus-response model –Very direct, buy now strategy, short term effect –Low PDI, IDV, MAS, Low UAI (Anglo-Saxon model) Persuasion model –Short term shift in attitude, buying intention, and brand preference through providing arguments –Lecture form (presenters, demonstrations, testimonials), persuasive and direct –US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria… Involvement model –Build relationships between consumers and brands by creating emotional closeness –Brand becomes a personality, indirect style –FEM, IDV (Netherlands, Scandinavia, France…)

179 Advertising models and culture (2/2) Awareness model –Create awareness to differentiate brands from similar brands –Associations, metaphors, humor, build trust, indirect –Low IDV (Spain, Asia, Latin America...) Emotions model –Create positive attitude and brand loyalty –Builds connections between brands and emotions, emotion often linked with product category –Low IDV, low MAS (Spain, Latin America, Africa) Likability model –Liking the advertisement will lead to liking the brand –Indirect, entertaining/story, make friends to build trust and dependence –Japan, China Symbolism model –Turn the brand into a symbol/code, cohesion to subculture –Very culture specific (symbols of status, success, self-expression, stability…) –High PDI, High UAI, Low-Mid IDV (Asia, France, south of Europe)

180 Place - Marketing Channels What is a marketing channel (or distribution channel)? Marketing channels are sets of interdependent organizations involved in the process of making a product or service available for use or consumption by the consumer or business user (Kotler) What about international marketing channels? These interdependent organizations allow goods and services to cross national boundaries. SCM, BtoC and BtoB, IMM

181 International channels Seller Channels between countries Channels within foreign countries Final buyers 1.Channels between countries: gets the products to the borders of the foreign market; decisions concerning types of intermediaries (agents, trading companies, etc…), types of transport, financing and risk management… 2.Channels within foreign countries: gets the products from entry point to final buyers and users; decisions concerning types of retailers (franchising, supermarkets, etc…), local channels Channels of distribution vary considerably among countries. Distribution, by its nature, is a marketing activity that is performed close to the market.

182 Channel management Channel design: types of intermediaries, number of intermediaries (exclusive, selective, intensive), contractual arrangements… Managing retailing, wholesaling and market logistics… Selecting, motivating and evaluating channel members (cooperation, conflict, competition) Channel dynamics: traditional, VMS, HMS, multi-channel marketing systems… Most difficult part of the mix to standardize

183 Entry mode choice Considered by many as the most important aspect of a firms internationalization strategy Entry mode will determine long-term success or withdrawal from foreign markets Poor decisions can be very costly for the firm

184 Factors in the entry mode decision Entry mode decision Target country market factors Target country environmental factors Target country production factors Home country factors Company product factors Company resource and commitment factors External factors Internal factors

185 Elements of market entry strategies Choice of target product/market Setting objectives and goals Choice of entry mode Design the marketing plan Control systems: monitoring operations / Revising entry strategy Target market Entry operation

186 Different types of entry modes Exporting (commercial strategy, commercial modes) Foreign direct investment (industrial strategy, integrated modes) Associated or contractual modes (contractual strategy, competitive alliances)

187 Entry mode continuum ExportingContractual modesFDI Commitment, risk, control, profit potential -+

188 Types of exporting Indirect exporting –Distributor / export merchants –Export agent –EMC Direct exporting –Export department –Export sales representatives –E-business Cooperative exporting –Export groups –Piggyback exporting

189 Foreign direct investment (FDI) The ultimate form of foreign involvement Direct ownership of foreign-based assembly, manufacturing or sales facilities The company can buy part or full interest in a local company (M&A) or build its own facilities (GFI, ex nihilo) Considered the preferred mode of entry

190 Advantages and disadvantages of FDI Advantages -Cost economies (labor, raw materials, incentives, freight savings, etc…) -Better image in host country -Deeper relationship with government, customers, local suppliers, distributors -Better adaptation -Full control of investments -Long term objectives Disadvantages -High initial and operating costs -High level of risk

191 FDI options Make-or-buy decision –Greenfield investment / Ex nihilo –Mergers and acquisition Branch or subsidiary? –Structure –Legal status Analyzing FDI project –Assessing profitability –Discounted cash flow analysis

192 Associated entry modes Newest, most recent forms of international business Transfer of technology or know-how between two firms Shared risks Only option in countries where the government requires foreign firms to use local capital Better access to local market knowledge

193 Types of associated entry modes Joint venture: foreign and local investors share ownership and control of local operations Licensing: licensor licenses a foreign company to use a manufacturing process, trademark, patent, trade secret or other item of value for a fee Management contracts: firm exports management services instead of a product, separation between ownership and management International Franchising: contractual association between a franchisor (manufacturer, wholesaler or service organization) and franchisees (independent business people who buy the right to own and operate units in the franchise system). Franchising is based on some unique product, service or method of doing business. –Industrial franchising –Distribution franchising –Service franchising B.F.F.

194 Example of international franchising entry modes Direct modes –Direct franchising (16%) –Subsidiary (19%) –Area development agreements (14%) Indirect modes –Joint venture (16%) –Master franchising (34%)

195 International franchising comparative matrix Distance / Adaptation Commitment / Control Strong Weak Strong Area development agreement Direct franchising FDI Master franchising Joint venture Direct franchising

196 Hierarchical model of entry mode choice International franchising Level of commitment EquityNon-equity Direct or indirect mode FDI Joint venture Direct franchising or ADA Master franchising Environmental factors Organizational factors Environmental factors Organizational factors

197 Determinants of entry mode choice in international franchising Environmental factorsOrganizational factors Level 1 (commitment) Economic risk Market size Political risk Competitive situation Level of economic development Financial and human resources Management attitudes and orientation Recruiting and training franchisees Price-bonding ratio Level 2 (direct/indirect) Financial situation of partners Brand protection Local regulations Cultural differences Tax System Geographic distance Franchisors national culture Brand image Experience Need for control Type of product/service Degree of standardization Brand recognition Dispersion of units

198 Entry mode choice summary Entry modes vary in terms of resource or equity commitment to foreign markets Low-commitment modes can allow firm to reduce risk in high-risk countries, culturally diverse countries or limited potential markets Desired degree of control over international operations influences choice of entry mode Loss of control yields limited returns No market entry strategy is appropriate in all circumstances Most firms will have a vast portfolio of entry modes, depending on each specific market situation Comparative approach to entry mode choice (commitment, control, risk, adaptation, contribution of know-how…)

199 Comparing different entry mode options Foreign buying department ITC / distributor Piggy back EMC Agent Branch office Wholly owned subsidiary (M&A) FDI Franchising Licensing Management contract AD / Concessionaire Minority shareholding through partial acquisition Majority JV investment (local partner know-how) Level of ownership Contribution of know-how High Low High

200 Choosing the right entry mode All entry modes All feasible entry modes Internal factors External factors Rejected entry modes Comparative profit contribution analysis Comparative risk analysis Comparative analysis for nonprofit objectives Ranking by overall comparative assessment The right entry mode Target market Marketing channels within markets

201 Local marketing channels (within markets) What is a marketing channel or channel of distribution? –an organized network of agencies and institutions which, in combination, perform all the activities required to link producers with users to accomplish the marketing task (AMA) They perform functions that add utility to a product or service: –Place utility: availability of a product or service in a location that is convenient to a potential customer –Time utility: availability when desired by a customer –Form utility: availability of the product processed, prepared, in proper condition and/or ready to use –Information utility: availability of answers to questions and general communication about useful product features and benefits

202 B to C vs. B to B channels Business-to-consumer channels –Designed to put products in the hands of people for their own use –Alternatives: direct marketing, franchising, sales force, agents/brokers, internal sales force, wholesalers, retailers… Business-to-business channels –Deliver products to manufacturers that use them as inputs in the production process or in day-to-day operations –Alternatives: internal sales force, distributors, wholesalers…

203 Marketing channel alternatives for consumer goods Consumers M Internet, mail order, door-to- door, house party, etc… M Company- owned, franchising M MSF R M Agents, brokers R M MSF W R M R W

204 Problems in international marketing channels Global retailing –Case of hypermarkets Multi-channel strategies –Case of franchising-Internet Market-specific channels –Case of wine distribution

205 Global retailing Global retailing since 1970s, but many variations… Differences in the importance and types of retailing channels: shopping malls, department stores, discount stores, wholesale clubs, category killers, outlet centers, hypermarkets… Factors affecting the success of hypermarkets: culture, income, market fragmentation, traditional stores, locations, demography… Global retailing market entry Wal-mart case

206 Global retailing market entry strategy framework Organic growthChain acquisition FranchisingJoint-venture Culturally close Culturally distant Easy to enter Difficult to enter

207 Concept of multi-channel strategies – franchising and Internet BRICK AND MORTAR CLICK AND MORTAR Coexistence of traditional and virtual marketing channels brick and click Antagonostic or complementary?

208 Some practical advice… Brand structure rather than channel structure (reduce risk of network competition) Sell all products on-line Ensure multi-channel coherency Back-office motivation Use Internet to increase visits (locations, maps) Limit use of … … But does this apply to franchising?

209 Multi-channel strategies in franchising Franchising firms are « plural form networks » Internet is another distribution channel Internet seems to be a priority Internet is « revolutionizing » franchising … But, franchisors offering on-line sales are limited –32% in the US –30% in the UK –Less than 20% in France

210 Opportunities and threats of multi-channel strategies (Franchising-Internet) OpportunitiesThreats New marketing channel Increased sales Network image Positive internal effects Cannibalism Restriction franchisee sales Non-conformity websites Exclusive territories Definition catchment area Limits some entry modes

211 Coexistence of franchise system and internet Are « mixed networks » complementary? Opportunities and threats? Consequences? Internet practices? The future of franchising and Internet?

212 Some results… Major consequences -Better communication with franchisees -Reduces distance -Cost-effectiveness, not dissuasive -Promotional tool for services -Recruiting and training franchisees Activities-2005: 80% website, 23% on-line sales -2010: 98% website, 54% on-line sales

213 Interpretations Optimistic, franchise-Internet are complementary Opportunities > Risks B to B advantages > B to C advantages Better franchisor-franchisee relationship Service franchising > Distribution franchising Communication strategy > Sales strategy « Internal sale » of website before « external sale » Brick to click vs. Click to brick Internet explains evolution of entry modes…

214 Market-specific channels – wine distribution Wine distribution varies enormously from one market to the next, distribution must be performed close to market… Why?... Tradition, Old World vs. New World Transportation via freight forwarder or shipping agent, physical distribution, complex regulatory requirements, complex choice of distributor/broker…

215 Wine distribution choices Four possibilities for exporting –Import distributor (négociant) –Broker (courtier, agent) –Export groups –Direct sales End of channel (off-premise, on-premise) –Supermarkets/Hypermarkets (FMCG) –Specialized wine shops –Duty-free –HORECA –Estate, e-commerce… Bottle vs. bulk –Brand image, packaging… B to C approach –Unbranded, supply chain … B to B approach

216 Wine distribution systems Regulatory framework, levels of marketing and market access Three types of systems around the world: –Regulated open market: normal FMCG –Controlled markets: government intervention in nearly all aspects of wine marketing –Mixed systems: both open and controlled

217 U.S. wine distribution system 18th Amendment (1919 – Prohibition), 21st Amendment ( authority to states), FAA Act Aim: separate suppliers and retail outlets (tied-house relationship) Result: three-tier system of distribution with independent licensed wholesaler in between the retailer and the supplier/exporter 31 open states, 19 control or monopoly states

218 Three-tier system Winery, Supplier Distributor / Wholesaler Supermarkets, wine shops, HORECA, bars, transportation, etc… Consumers Winery, Supplier Control States State controlled retail stores HORECA, clubs, etc… Consumers Open States Control States Tier I Tier II Tier III

219 Comparing wine retail outlets OutletCharacteristicsAdvantages to producer Disadvantages to producer Supermarket / Hypermarket High volume sales, low margins and low retail prices, usually low level of wine knowledge of staff Quantity purchases, high brand awareness, help with mass appeal, convenience of location Lack of freedom, low level of interest in experimental styles and varieties Independent / specialist Tends to cater to wine consumers with higher level of knowledge, high level of service, small producers hand selling, strong service focus and CRM, interested in experimental styles or uncommon varieties Each outlet must be serviced and supplied individually, small volumes State monopoly retailer Overall aim is to promote healthy drinking, high level of wine knowledge, access to a wide range of suppliers High volume purchases can be made, national or regional access to market Importance of being stocked, if not, excluded from market Hall and Mitchell, 2007

220 Conclusion – 7 Rules of International Distribution Select distributors. Dont let them select you. Look for distributors capable of developing markets, rather than those with a few good customer contacts. Treat local distributors as long-term partners, not temporary market-entry vehicles. Support market entry by committing money, managers, and proven marketing ideas. From the start, maintain control over marketing strategy. Make sure distributors provide you with detailed market and financial performance data. Build links among national distributors at the earliest opportunity. Source: D. Arnold, HBR, 2005

221 Conclusion: SRC and cultural risk Cultural risk is the most subjective of international business risks; it is the most difficult to assess SRC: the unconscious reference to ones own cultural values SRC is the root of many international marketing problems Recognizing and admitting SRC is quite often difficult Analytical approach to reduce the influence of ones own cultural values (A.C. Samli)

222 4 step process to reducing SRC 1. Define the problem or goal in terms of domestic cultural traits, habits or norms. 2. Define the problem or goal in terms of foreign cultural traits, habits or norms. Make no value judgments. 3. Isolate de SRC influence in the problem and examine it carefully to see how it complicates the problem. 4. Redefine the problem without the SRC influence and solve for the optimal goal situation.

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