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2 Marketing & Branding: An Introduction for Entrepreneurs Presented by: Edward S. Balian, Ph.D. © 2006 Edward S. Balian, Ph.D

3 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 2 For your notes ….(optional pull out)

4 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 3 For your notes ….(optional pull out)

5 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 4 Dr. Ed Balian…. Q-Stat started 1977 Owned numerous companies; corporations Started, maintained, bought & sold businesses School of Business professor since 1976 Authored: textbooks and software Consulted with over 80 companies to date; large & small Former Dean of GIA School of Business Over 50 instructional seminars presented, including Harvard Business School

6 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 5 I Welcome Three Groups that are Before Me Today: Those wanting (or praying?) to BECOME millionaires Those who ALREADY ARE millionaires, now wanting to become MULTI-millionaires Those who already are multi-millionaires (Let’s do LUNCH!)

7 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 6 Keep It Simple, Stupid YES---we all know this catchy and cute saying, but when it comes to today’s complex business challenges, it is, UNFORTUNATELY, just not so “simple” anymore.

8 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 7 Questions that “DRIVE” the Creation of Your Success: (1) WHAT are you driving? WHERE are you going? HOW and WHEN are you moving forward? How FAST will you go? When will you know to SLOW DOWN? Note that the size, style or cost of “car,” (i.e., your business) does NOT matter--- You still need knowledge and control of your MARKETING PLAN to move it where you want to go.

9 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 8 Questions that “DRIVE” the Creation of Your Success: (2) How will you measure your business’ EFFICIENCY? If inefficient, will you blow your cool? Will you be glancing back or moving forward? Both? Can you avoid panic- stops? Note that the size, style or cost of “car,” (i.e., your business) does NOT matter--- You still need knowledge and control of your MARKETING PLAN to move it where you want to go.

10 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 9 How Powerful is Branding? What Images are Created in Your Mind? Let’s do a quick survey to test the POWER of BRANDING. Close your eyes---NO PEEKING until I give you the word….

11 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 10 The “BLUE BOX” of… (Courtesy: Tiffany)

12 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 11 “It’s the real thing.” (Slogan, Logo Font and Color)

13 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 12 “Tony the Tiger” (1957) (Character Logo) (Courtesy: Kellogg)

14 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 13 Note that Tony is not just ANY Tiger….BRANDING denotes: SPECIFIC! Any Child Will Tell You: This may be a tiger, but it’s NOT Tony!

15 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 14 “Yoga Journal” (Lesser known, but in process of building a “logo” and “brand”) (Logo Font)

16 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 15 “Identity” from 70 Years of Repetition: Texaco Calendar from 1933 & a Pin from 2003:

17 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 16 Who Started with Only THIS, then EXPANDED their PRODUCT Line into International Brand Name Recognition?

18 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 17 The Five Critical Steps to get to BRANDING: 1. Use Sound Business Practices 2. Learn & Understand Your Target Market, then: 3. Refine the 4-P’s, thus leading to: 4. Creation a Marketing Plan, leading to: 5. “Branding,” over time.

19 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 18 TARKET MARKETING: You MUST KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER BEFORE You Can Effectively “BRAND” COSTLY ERRORS if you “just guess,” no matter how confident you are in being correct. Your current “success” is a poor measure---how much better still COULD it be? In today’s new, highly competitive global environment, no one can afford to GUESS WRONG. The “expense” of doing research is a myth. The cost of not doing it could result in Chapter 7.

20 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 19 The 4-P’s of Marketing…. Pr Pl Pr This is NOT “mumbo-jumbo,” they lead directly to higher profits through greater efficiency of your business.

21 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 20 P1: PRODUCT ESSENTIAL: Is your Product or Service in demand by a particular (targeted) market? MARKET RESEARCH may help. NOT ESSENTIAL: Unique? Necessity or Discretionary? Alluring? Fun? Packaged “Correctly?” Has Potential to Expand into Larger Product Line (Variety & Assortment)? You DON’T NEED all (or ANY) of these, necessarily!

22 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 21 P2: PRICE (aka, “The Goldilocks Syndrome”) Is the PRICE reasonable vs. competitors? Tangible vs. Intangible “value” to customer vs. selling “price.” – (TIFFANY SILVER HARMONICA vs. WAL-MART Earrings) Is “low price” (or customer PERCEPTION of low price) a selling point? (Wal-Mart) Is high price a selling point? (Tiffany) MARKET RESEARCH to price it “just right”

23 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 22 P3: PLACEMENT (aka, “Distribution”) How hard do customers need to look to find you— including.com sites. (Travel the world? Tiring!) How badly do customers think they NEED to find you? What are your costs regarding placement: store location(s), internet, etc.? MARKET RESEARCH will help answer these questions.

24 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 23 P4: PROMOTION “Promotion” includes two basic actions: Advertising and/or, Publicity Specific actions may include: Press Releases Print Ads Radio, TV Ads Community Sponsorship Word of Mouth “On Sale” Clearance Campaigns Training for In-Store Sales Associates And more….

25 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 24 “Positive” Word of Mouth No direct cost! Personal testimonials between friends are powerful and credible Pyramiding

26 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 25 “Negative” Word of Mouth Pyramiding Danger: Just one bad experience by ONE “crying” customer can be disproportionately harmful to your business Whether the complaint is actually valid or not is irrelevant.

27 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 26 The 4-P’s at Starbucks: Let’s Discuss: PRODUCT PRICE PLACEMENT PROMOTION (Courtesy: Starbucks)

28 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 27 The 4-P’s of YOUR idea: Discussion--- Product Price Placement Promotion

29 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 28 Until You Have A Marketing Plan….

30 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 29 We MUST HAVE a “MAP” or MARKETING PLAN to Move Forward Intelligently WOULD YOU TAKE A MAJOR ROAD TRIP WITHOUT A MAP? THE “MAP” IS CALLED A “MARKETING PLAN.”

31 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 30 The MARKETING PLAN Takes into Account: WHO we are trying to reach (Target Market) HOW we want to reach them WHERE the product will be available WHAT the MESSAGE needs to be (ad copy, images) HOW MUCH $$$ is in our MARKETING BUDGET (per Pro Forma P&L, Cash Flow, Balance Sheet) SWOT Analysis AND WHEN will the action happen, per a TIMELINE

32 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 31 Marketing Plan Quick-Tips: Concentrate on a “do-able” population and scale. Be realistic in expectations. Do an accurate SWOT, not “Pie in the Sky” Stay the course; use your “map,” do not unnecessarily “change direction” or make adjustments to name or logo without quality research behind it. The Marketing Plan we follow MUST be thought out and researched FIRST, not last.

33 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 32 Back to Where We Started in Today’s Presentation: Branding! The sum of your 4-P’s and your Marketing Plan will ultimately build your “BRAND” (either one way or the other!) Solid and positive BRANDING will ultimately provide huge added value to your name, your business and your products or services.

34 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 33 In Review…..we discussed: Your Choices in How to Operate a Business The Power of Marketing Target Marketing through Market Research The 4-P’s of Marketing SWOT Analysis Your Marketing Plan, Ultimately Leading to: Branding and its Long-Term Value

35 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 34 How Might I Further Assist YOU? It was my pleasure to meet you today! Best of luck in all your future endeavors! Stay in touch!

36 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 35 Contact Me…. For a set of my presentation notes (in PowerPoint only):

37 (c)2006, E.S. Balian, Ph.D. 36 NOTES…………..


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