The 4P framework helps you consider different components to your marketing approach
One of the key reasons for conducting 4P analysis is to move beyond considering marketing is how you promote or advertise your product. Yes, promotion is an important part, but it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that it is the entirety of the marketing area. As well as promotion, it is important to consider how you will price your product, the features of the product, and the place that it will be sold.
Allows you to see how integrated each component of the 4P is - do you have an overall approach
As well as considering the range of components within your marketing plan, the 4P framework helps illustrate the need for consistency between the various components. It is not only important that you have developed an approach for the product, pricing, promotion, and the place it will be sold, but also that there is alignment between the various parts. They are not each isolated decisions but should be reviewed and determined together.
Allows you to easily compare the marketing approach that you have taken relative to your competitors
As well as helping you develop your own marketing mix, the framework helps to identify and compare your approach with that of your competitors. Understanding the decisions that they have taken may help inform your decisions, or illustrate a gap in the the positioning where you can use a different approach to market your product.
Final thoughts: There are other important parts of marketing beyond the 4Ps
While there are many benefits that come from using the 4P framework, it is also important to recognize that marketing considerations do extend beyond product, price, place, and promotion. It is for example al important to understand your customer and connect this with your marketing approach.
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