Quaker Oats: Branding Challenges: Quaker Oats
Formulated marketing: As small companies achieve success, they inevitably move toward
more formulated marketing. Boston Beer recently began a $15 million television
advertising campaign. The company now employs more that 175 salespeople and has
a marketing department that carries on market research, adopting some of the tools
used in professionally run marketing companies.
Intrepreneurial marketing: Many large companies get stuck in formulated marketing,
poring over the latest ratings, scanning research reports, trying to ﬁne-tune dealer
relations and advertising messages. These companies lack the creativity and passion
of the guerrilla marketers in the entrepreneurial stage.3 Their brand and product
managers need to start living with their customers and visualizing new ways to add
value to their customers’ lives.
The bottom line is that effective marketing can take many forms. Although it is
easier to learn the formulated side (which will occupy most of our attention in this
book), we will also see how creativity and passion can be used by today’s and tomorrow’s marketing managers.
The Scope of Marketing
Marketing people are involved in marketing 10 types of entities: goods, services, experiences, events, persons, places, properties, organizations, information, and ideas.
Goods. Physical goods constitute the bulk of most countries’ production and
marketing effort. The United States produces and markets billions of physical
goods, from eggs to…