Marketing of Library Management Software Products

Marketing of Library Management Software Products

A. Chitra Dhavaputhalvi (Research Department of LIS, Chikkanna Government Arts College, India) and Ally Sornam (PG and Research Department of Library and Information Sciences, Bishop Heber College, India)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1482-5.ch014

Abstract

Marketing is a human activity and it is the process of developing, promoting, and distributing products in order to satisfy customer needs and wants. Products include both goods and services. Goods are also known as tangible products. Services are things which one may not be able to touch, smell, or taste and are called intangible products. The traditional marketing concept focuses on the flow of goods and services from producer to consumer or user. In modern times, marketing is viewed as the anticipation, management, and satisfaction of demand through the exchange process. Product marketing and service marketing are essentially the same. The basic task of marketing remains the same irrespective of the products or services involved in the deal. Service is an activity or benefit that one party can offer to another that is essentially intangible and does not result in the ownership of anything.
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Customer Orientation

Customers are the focal points for all decision making in the organization and all functional areas are geared to satisfy targeted customer’s wants. The marketing concept views customer orientation as the means to end of achieving the organization’s goal. In the words of Stanton, marketing consists of all activities designed to generate and facilitate any exchange intended to satisfy human needs or wants. In this view “marketing is a total system of business activities designed to plan, price, promote and distribute want satisfying products, services and ideas to target market in order to achieve organizational objectives”

From the societal point of view, marketing links a society’s material requirements and its economic patterns of response to satisfy the needs and wants of the consumers. It requires that marketers strike a balance among;

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    Their targeted customer’s wants

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    Their targeted customers long-term best interests

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    The society’s long-run best interests and

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    The firms long-run return on investment

The modern marketing concept is even tougher to implement than the traditional marketing concept. It requires marketers to accept their social responsibility. Further, it also makes the marketers to recognize that they exist within a larger social system that includes non-customers also, to whom they have obligations.

Conceptually, marketing may be described as marketing begins with determining customer needs and wants and then producing services and products to satisfy those needs and wants at a profit to the institution providing them. Functionally, it may be stated that, in broadest terms, marketing aims to manage, anticipate and identify the needs of customer and satisfy them through products or services at the right price, time and place. Organizationally, marketing may be described as combining at least the operations of advertising, public relations, sales, sales training, market and social research, service/product development and pricing into a coordinated unit thereby giving a synergistic effect in dealing with virtually all consumer oriented matters of the business.

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Marketing Strategy

A strategic marketing plan integrates all business activities and resources logically to meet customers' needs and to generate profit. Marketing strategies for product software assist software firms to determine the type of market analysis that is needed for decision-making. The general strategies that are well known in the marketing discipline are:

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