It is very interesting for me as a Business Marketing Strategy consultant to see how much of a shift of an emphasis
there has been in terms of corporations focussing on making use of internet marketing consultants. We know that a large percentage of the cost of getting a product to the end user is taken up in distribution channel management and dynamics and; this is an area that I spend a lot of time consulting in. However, with that said the internet is being used to assist with distribution channel management as well as in pushing products through various other channels to get to the end user.
So what should companies [large and small] do in order to get going with fully incorporating the internet into their overall business marketing strategies ?? I would advise to stop and consider two aspects :-
- The internet as a promotion channel
- The internet as a consumption channel
That is to say, ensure that there are two distinct strategies on the table for tackling how the organisation communicates with the end user in order to get the message of the product and/or service out to the world at large using the internet. Second, consider how existing products/service may be modified in order to allow the user customer to sample or fully consume the company’s offerings via the internet.
These are but two of the items that I consider when going through the thought process of developing a marketing strategy and using the internet as a primary marketing channel.
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-Stephen C Campbell