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1 PART SIX MANAGING INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS International Business Chapter Sixteen Marketing Globally

2 16-2 Chapter Objectives To understand a range of product policies and the circumstances in which they are appropriate internationally To grasp the reasons for product alternations when deciding between standardized versus differentiated marketing programs among countries To appreciate the pricing complexities when selling in foreign markets To interpret country differences that may necessitate alterations in promotional practices To comprehend the different branding strategies companies may employ internationally To discern complications of international distribution and practices of effective distribution To perceive why and how emphasis in the marketing mix may vary among countries

3 16-3 Marketing Strategies Marketing: the performance of a wide range of business activities directed at satisfying needs and wants through the exchange process Marketing strategies depend upon a firms: –marketing orientation –target market(s) When firms select target markets, they may choose market segments that exist in more than one country. Ways of identifying consumer market segments within and across countries include demographics (income, age, gender, religion) and psychographics (attitudes, values, lifestyles).

4 16-4 Marketing Orientations production orientation: emphasizes production variables such as efficiency, quality, and/or capacity [used internationally for selling commodities and passive exports and for serving foreign market segments that resemble domestic markets] sales orientation: assumes that global customers are reason- ably similar and that the same product can be sold at home and abroad customer orientation: stresses sensitivity to customer needs, i.e., identifying and serving the needs of the customer strategic marketing orientation: commits to continuously serving foreign markets and to making incremental adapta- tions to satisfy local customers [draws upon elements of the production, sales, and customer orientations, as appropriate] societal marketing orientation: requires that activities be con- ducted in a way that preserves or enhances the well-being of all stakeholders [addresses the environmental, health, social, and work-related problems that arise in foreign operations]

5 16-5 Fig. 16.1: Marketing in International Business

6 16-6 Product Policy: Reasons for Making Alterations Legal reasons: explicit product-related legal requirements vary widely by country but are usually meant to protect customers, the environment, or both. [Protective packaging laws and product standards are very complicated legal issues.] Cultural reasons: cultural factors affecting product demand may or may not be easily discerned [While religious beliefs offer clear guidelines regarding product acceptability, other factors such as color, design, and artistic preferences are more subtle.] Economic reasons: levels of income, differences in income distri- bution, and the extent and condition of available infrastructure can all affect demand for a given product [Price-reducing alterations may be required if a firm expects to enter an emerging market.] Firms usually prefer to standardize basic components while altering critical end-use characteristics.

7 16-7 Product Policy: Other Considerations Extent and Mix of the Product Line –Whereas narrowing a product line allows for the concentration of effort and resources, the broadening of a product line may capture distribution economies. Product Life-cycle Considerations –A product facing declining sales in one country may have growing or sustained sales in another; such country differences can lead to an extended life for a specific product. Differences will likely exist across countries in both the shape and the length of a products life cycle.

8 16-8 Pricing Price: the value asked for a product [Although usually expressed as a monetary value, in countertrade transactions, it might not be.] –The complexities of pricing are exacerbated in the international arena. –Pricing decisions must assure the firm of sufficient funds to replenish inventory. –In the long-run, price must be low enough to generate sufficient demand but high enough to yield a profit. The Internet is causing more firms to compete for the same business as customers gain increasing access to global products and global prices.

9 16-9 Pricing Complexities Government Intervention –Every country has laws that either directly or indirectly affect prices to the final customer. –Price controls may set either maximum or minimum prices for designated products. –The WTO permits a government to establish restric- tions against any imports that enter the country at a price below the price charged to customers in the exporting country (dumping). –A firm may charge different prices in different regions or countries because of differing competitive and demand factors.

10 16-10 Pricing Complexities Market diversity, i.e., country variation, leads to many ways of segmenting the market for a given product. Depending upon market conditions, a firm may adopt any of the following pricing strategies: –skimming price: sets a high price for a new product aimed at market innovators [Over time, the price will be progressively lowered in response to demand and supply conditions, i.e., the presence of additional competitors.] –penetration price: sets an aggressively low price (i) to discourage competition and (ii) to attract a maximum number of customers (some of whom will hopefully switch from competitors brands) –cost-plus price: sets the price at a desired margin over cost

11 16-11 Pricing Complexities Price Escalation in Exporting –Common reasons for price escalation in export sales are (i) tariffs and (ii) the often greater distance to the market. –If standard markups occur within a distribution channel, either lengthening the channel or adding expenses at additional points within the network will increase the delivered cost of a product. –To compete in export markets, a firm may have to sell its products to intermediaries at reduced prices in order to lessen the amount of price escalation. A firm may choose to exclude fixed costs in the price calculation of products exported to developing countries in order to be price competitive in those markets.

12 16-12 Fig. 16.3: Price Escalation in Exporting if Companies Use Cost-plus Pricing

13 16-13 Pricing Complexities Currency Values and Inflation Rates –Currency fluctuations: affect a firms competitiveness and, ultimately, its profitability [Sales contracts may specify that payment be made in a given currency.] –High inflation in a host country: negatively affects the value of a firms foreign receipts [A firm may need to adjust its margins downward in order to remain competitive.] ̶High inflation in a home country: negatively af- fects the costs of a firms foreign-sourced inputs [A firm may need to source locally in order to remain competitive.]

14 16-14 Effect of Taxes and Inflation on Pricing: An Example Assumptions: beginning cost = $1,000; inflation = 36%; tax rate = 40%; after-tax profit goal on replacement cost = 30% IF STOCK IS SOLD AND FUNDSIF STOCK IS SOLD AND FUNDS ARE COLLECTED WHEN STOCK ARE COLLECTED ONE YEAR IS PURCHASEDAFTER STOCK IS PURCHASED Cost$1,000Replacement cost$1,360 + Mark-up 500+ Replacement mark-up 320 Sales price 1,500Sales price 1,680 - Cost 1,000- Original cost 1,000 Taxable income 500Taxable income % 272 After-tax income 300 After-tax income 408

15 16-15 Pricing Complexities Fixed-cost vs. Variable-cost Pricing –The extent to which producers can set prices at the retail level varies substantially by country. –There is substantial variation in whether, where, and for which products customers expect to be able to negotiate a price. –Local laws and customs may limits firms abilities to set optimal prices. –In many cultures prices are simply the starting point in the bargaining process.

16 16-16 Import-Export Price Negotiations: An Example Goal: to delay a pricing commitment while discussing a whole package of other commitments IMPORTERS REACTION EXPORTERS RESPONSE 1. Offer is too expensive What is meant by expensive? Determine what price is acceptable. 2. Budget is insufficient How large is the importers budget? Determine the time frame and explore payment alternatives. 3. Offer does not fit needs Insist on specific details of real needs. Repackage offer in light of new info. 4. Offer is not competitive Determine details of competitors offers. Reformulate offer in non-comparative ways; stress uniqueness of offer.

17 16-17 Promotion Promotion: the presentation of messages intended to help sell a product [direct and indirect forms of communication designed to inform, persuade, and/or remind a target audience about an organization, its products, and/or its positions] Promotion Mix: the particular combination of elements used in a promotion strategy ̶personal selling ̶advertising ̶sales promotion activities ̶publicity/public relations activities

18 16-18 Promotion: The Push-Pull Mix Push strategy: direct marketing techniques designed to create immediate demand, i.e., personal selling [primarily used when a product is relatively expensive and distribution is tightly controlled] Pull strategy: indirect marketing techniques designed to create final demand, i.e., advertising, sales promotion, and publicity/public relations The cross country push-pull mix is determined by: –types of distribution systems –the cost and availability of media –customer attitudes toward sources of information –the relative price (affordability) of a product

19 16-19 Promotion: The Standardization of Advertising Programs Advertising: any paid form of media (nonpersonal) presentation The advantages of standardized advertising include: –substantial cost savings –improved quality (effectiveness) at the local level –rapid entry into new country markets The challenges of standardized advertising include: –translation [content, meaning, images] –legality [differing views on consumer protection, compe- titive protection, standards of morality, and nationalism] –message needs [national differences in perceptions and product demand]

20 16-20 Branding Brand: a name, term, symbol, and/or design intended to identify a product or product line and differentiate it in the marketplace Trademark: a brand, or part of a brand, i.e., a mark, that is granted legal protection because it is capable of legal appropriation MNEs must consider the following branding options: –brand vs. no brand –manufacturers brand vs. private brand –one brand vs. multiple brands –worldwide brands vs. local brands Overall, the portion of local brands to international (regional or global) brands is decreasing. [continued]

21 16-21 Challenges to regional and global brands include: –language factors [the translation and pronunciation of brand names; the cultural sensitivity of shapes, symbols, and colors] –brand acquisitions [local brands may be well-known but expensive and strategically difficult to maintain] –country-of-origin images [products from particular countries may be perceived as being particularly desirable and of relatively high quality] –generic and near-generic names [generic names may either stimulate or frustrate the sales of the firm from whom a name is expropriated]

22 16-22 Distribution Distribution: the physical and legal path that products follow from the point of production to the point of consumption Distribution channel: the set of interdependent individuals and organizations that take title to or assist in the transfer of a title to a product from producer to final customer [banks --- transportation companies] [producers --- wholesalers --- retailers] [agents & brokers] Often, geographic barriers and poor transport infrastructure divide a country into distinctly viable and non-viable markets. The selling of goods through unauthorized distributors, i.e., the gray market, causes a firms operations in different countries to complete with one another, thus preventing them from pricing according to local market conditions.

23 16-23 Distribution: The Difficulty of Standardization Each country has its own national distribution system that is historically intertwined with its cultural, economic, and legal environments. Factors that influence the distribution of consumer products within a country include: –citizens attitudes towards their own retailers –the ability (or inability) to pay retail workers –retailers trust in their employees –legislation affecting chain and individually-owned stores –restrictions on the size of stores and their hours of operation –the financial ability of retailers to carry large inventories –the efficacy of the national postal system

24 16-24 Distribution: Distributor and Channel Selection Firms should handle the distribution function internally if: –sales volume is high –human, capital, and financial resources are sufficient –the nature of the product demands that the producer deal directly with customers –customers are global –it is possible to gain a competitive advantage The more complex and expensive a product, the greater the importance of after-sales service. –Firms may need to invest in service centers, which in turn can become important sources of revenues and profits. [continued]

25 16-25 Criteria for the selection of potential distributors include: –financial strength –quality of connections –the extent of a distributors other commitments regarding both complementary and competitive products –the state of a distributors equipment, facilities, and personnel –trustworthiness and contract enforcement issues A new client must convince a desired distributor of the viability of its firm and its products. –A new client may need to offer distributors extra incentives or be willing to enter into exclusive arrangements. Firms may choose a combination of internal distribution and outsourced distribution services.

26 16-26 Distribution: Hidden Costs Differences in national distribution systems that may contribute to increased costs include: –poor infrastructure [port, roads, warehouse facilities] –levels within a distribution system [multi-tiered wholesale systems] –retail inefficiencies [an insistence upon counter service] –government restrictions [laws protecting small retailers or limiting hours of operation] –lack of retail storage space [more frequent, smaller deliveries required to prevent stock-outs]

27 16-27 The Internet and Electronic Commerce Opportunities –E-commerce offers firms a unique opportunity to market their products worldwide. –The Internet permits suppliers to deal more quickly with their customers. Challenges ̶ Customers worldwide can quickly compare prices from different distributors, thus intensifying price competition. ̶Differentiation is difficult because the same web ads and prices reach customers everywhere. ̶Internet ads and prices must comply with the laws of each country where a firm markets its products.

28 16-28 Internet Usage by Region, 2005 WORLD % OF WORLDINTERNET % OF POP. % OF WORLD REGIONSPOPULATION USAGE [USAGE RATE] USERS Africa900,465,41113,468, % 1.5% Asia 3,612,363, ,257, % 34.0% Europe730,991, ,653, % 29.2% Middle East259,499,77219,370, % 2.2% North Amer.328,387, ,437, % 24.9% Latin Amer.546,917,19256,224, % 6.3% Oceania 33,443,44816,269, % 1.8% WORLD 6,412,067, ,681, % 100.0% Source: Miniwatts International, Ltd.

29 16-29 Managing the Marketing Mix: Gap Analysis Gap analysis: a method for estimating a firms potential sales of a given product by determining the difference between the total market potential and gaps in usage, competition, product line offers, and distribution Total market potential: the total potential sales of all competitors within a given product market (category) The difference between total market potential and current sales, i.e., the gap, is due to: –usage patterns –product line characteristics –distribution coverage strategies –the effect(s) of competitors strategies Gap analysis helps managers determine both the size of and the reasons for the differences between market potential and actual sales.

30 16-30 Fig. 16.4: Gap Analysis

31 16-31 Implications/Conclusions Marketing is a social and managerial process through which individuals and organizations satisfy their needs and objectives through the exchange process. A standardized approached to worldwide mar- keting means maximum uniformity in products and programs amongst countries in which sales occur.

32 16-32 A variety of legal, cultural, and economic con- ditions may cause firms to alter their marketing strategies, but the cost of adaptation must be measured against the potential gain in sales. Gap analysis is a tool that help firms deter- mine (i) why they have not yet maximized their market potential in given countries and (ii) what parts of the marketing mix to empha- size in which countries and regions.

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