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MARKETING STRATEGY 6th edition emphasizes teaching students to think and act like marketers. It presents strategy from a perspective that guides strategic marketing management in the social, economic, and technological arenas in which businesses function today--helping students develop a customer-oriented market strategy and market plan. Its practical approach to analyzing, planning, and implementing marketing strategies is based on the creative process involved in applying marketing concepts to the development and implementation of marketing strategy. An emphasis on critical thinking enables students to understand the essence of how marketing decisions fit together to create a coherent strategy. Well-grounded in developing and executing a marketing plan, the text offers a complete planning framework, thorough marketing plan worksheets, and a comprehensive marketing plan example for students to follow. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

O. C. Ferrell, Auburn University

Dr. O.C. Ferrell is the James T. Pursell, Sr. Eminent Scholar in Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures at Auburn University. He has been on the faculty at Belmont University, the University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, University of Memphis, Texas A&M University, University of Michigan, Illinois State University, and Southern Illinois University. Dr. Ferrell holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Marketing, an M.B.A. in Marketing as well as a B.A. in Sociology from Florida State University. Dr. Ferrell is President-Elect of the Academy of Marketing Science. He also serves as a board member of the NASBA Center for the Public Trust and as an advisory board member of Savant Learning. He serves on the Academic Advisory Committee for the Direct Selling Education Foundation. He received the AMS Cutco/Vector Distinguished Educator Award for contributions to the marketing discipline. Dr. Ferrell is co-author of several leading textbooks including BUSINESS ETHICS: ETHICAL DECISION MAKING AND CASES, MARKETING, MARKETING STRATEGY, BUSINESS AND SOCIETY, MANAGEMENT and INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS. He has published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, AMS Review, Journal of Business Research, as well as others. He writes weekly business ethics summaries and reviews for the Wall Street Journal with a subscriber list of more than 6000. Dr. Ferrell has also served as an expert witness in high profile ethics, legal and marketing cases.

Michael Hartline, Florida State University

Michael D. Hartline (Ph.D., The University of Memphis) is Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and the Charles A. Bruning Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business at Florida State University, where he is responsible for external relations, executive education, and strategic programs. He also serves as Vice President of Development for the Academy of Marketing Science. Dr. Hartline primarily teaches graduate courses in Marketing Strategy and Corporate Affairs Management, as well as undergraduate courses in Services Marketing. He has won many teaching and research awards, made many presentations to industry and academic audiences, and co-chaired two international conferences. Dr. Hartline's research appears in the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Service Research, the Journal of Business Research, and other outlets. He also coauthors Marketing Strategy, a widely used textbook. Dr. Hartline has served as a consultant to several for-profit and non-profit organizations in the areas of marketing plan development, market feasibility analysis, customer satisfaction measurement, customer service training, and pricing policy. He has also worked with Pfizer, Inc. in the corporate affairs, government relations, and philanthropy areas.
  • Updated content: This edition has been thoroughly updated and revised with expanded coverage throughout the text of recent events in marketing practice by well-known global companies.
  • Cases: Eight cases are new to this edition, detailing current and relevant topics and companies, including: Netflix, Wyndham, Apple, and Chevrolet. The remaining cases have been fully updated to include the most current information.
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  • Length: This edition has been shortened from 12 to 10 chapters, with a better integration of marketing program elements throughout and a separate chapter on branding/positioning.
  • Versions: Two distinct versions are available this edition: One that includes the text and cases and one that is text-only for use with a separate simulation or case materials.
  • Real-World Emphasis: The goal of MARKETING STRATEGY is to encourage students to think and act like a marketer. By discussing the key concepts and tools of marketing strategy, the text's emphasis on critical thinking--both analytical and creative--allows students to understand the essence of how marketing decisions fit together to create an effective, coherent strategy.
  • There is a focus on the strategic planning process and the writing of a marketing plan.
  • Cases are shorter and focus on strategic issues rather than number crunching.
  • This edition is now a concise 10 chapters in length, making it easily teachable within a one semester course.
  • There are two distinct versions available for this edition: A text and cases version and a text-only version, which can be used with a separate simulation or supplemented by instructors' own case materials.
  • A continued user-friendly writing style covers essential points without heavy use of jargon.
1. Marketing in Today's Economy.
2. Strategic Marketing Planning.
3. Collecting and Analyzing Marketing Information.
4. Developing Competitive Advantage and Strategic Focus.
5. Customers, Segmentation, and Target Marketing.
6. The Marketing Program.
7. Branding and Positioning.
8. Ethics and Social Responsibility in Marketing Strategy.
9. Marketing Implementation and Control.
10. Developing and Maintaining Long-Term Customer Relationships.
Part 5: CASES.
1. USA Today: Innovation in an Evolving Industry.
2. Apple’s Winning Marketing Strategy.
3. Monsanto Balances the Interests of Multiple Stakeholders.
4. New Belgium Brewing (A): Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Socially Responsible Marketing.
5. New Belgium Brewing (B): Developing a Brand Personality.
6. Mattel Confronts Its Marketing Challenges.
7. Mistine: Direct Selling in the Thai Cosmetics Market.
8. BP Struggles to Repair Its Tarnished Reputation
9. Chevrolet: 100 Years of Product Innovation.
10. Wyndham Worldwide Adopts a Stakeholder Orientation Marketing Strategy.
11. NASCAR: Can’t Keep a Good Brand Down.
12. IndyCar: Seeking a Return to Motorsports’ Fast Lane.
13. Zappos: Delivering Happiness.
14. Sigma Marketing: Strategic Marketing Adaptation.
15. Netflix Fights to Stay Ahead of a Rapidly Changing Market.
16. Gillette: Why Innovation May Not Be Enough.
17. IKEA Slowly Expands Its U.S. Market Presence.
18. IVEY: Sushilicious: Standing Out in a Crowded Field.
19. IVEY: Trouble Brews at Starbucks.
20. IVEY: Groupon
Appendix A: Marketing Plan Worksheets.

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Instructor's Resource CD-ROM

ISBN: 9781285170046
For your convenience, the IRCD includes the Instructor's Manual, the ExamView Test Bank, and the PowerPoint® slides in one easily accessible resource. Extra resources include sample syllabi, and an electronic version of the Marketing Plan Worksheets that appear in Appendix A of the text.