Business to Business (B2B) markets are considerably more challenging than consumer markets and demand a more specific skillset from marketers. B2B buyers, often dealing with highly complex products, have specialist product knowledge and are far more knowledgeable and demanding than the average consumer. This textbook takes a uniquely international approach to this complex environment, the result of an international team of authors and real-life cases from across the globe.
This new edition has been fully revised with new and updated case studies from a variety of regions. Every chapter has been brought in line with current business to business research, alongside new coverage of non-profit and government marketing, digital marketing, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. Other unique features include:
• The placement of B2B in a strategic marketing context.
• A full discussion of strategy in a global setting including hypercompetition.
• A detailed review of global B2B services marketing, trade shows, and market research.
More selective, shorter, and easier to read than other B2B textbooks, this is ideal for introductory B2B and intensive courses. It is also comprehensive enough to cover all the aspects of B2B marketing management that any marketer needs, whether they are students or practitioners seeking to improve their knowledge.
The textbook is also accompanied by an extensive collection of resources to aid tutors, including a full set of PowerPoint slides, test bank of questions, and practical exercises to aid student learning.
Table of Contents
Section I: The Business Market Environment
1. Introduction to business to business marketing
2. How business organizations buy
3. Strategic planning for global business markets
4. Ethical considerations for business marketers
Section II: Evaluating Market Opportunities
5. Market research
6. Segmentation, targeting, and positioning
7. Market entry tactics
Section III: Formulating the Marketing Mix
8. Product strategy and product development
9. Services for business markets
11. Supply chain management
12. Managing distribution channels
13. Business to business marketing communications
14. Customer relationships and key-account management
15. Sales promotion, exhibitions, and trade fairs
16. Public relations and corporate reputation management
Section IV: Managing the Marketing Program
17. Marketing planning, implementation, and control
18. Organizing for maximum effectiveness
19. The future of business marketing
Alan Zimmerman is Professor and Area Coordinator for the International Business (IB) program at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, USA.
Jim Blythe is former Visiting Professor of Marketing at Plymouth Business School, UK.