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  1. Consumer Behavior • Readings: Flat World • Chapters 10, 3, • Primary and Secondary Research ( • Skill Soft: MKT0203: Competitive Factors in Strategic Marketing • WGU Library E-Reserves • Figure 8.2 Types of Primary Research (Contemporary Marketing pg. 251)

  2. 0 • Consumer behavior Process through which buyers make decisions. • Marketers borrow extensively from psychology and sociology to better understand consumer behavior. • Consumer behavior is usually understood as a function of interpersonal influences and personal factors.

  3. 0 INTERPERSONAL DETERMINANTS OFCONSUMER BEHAVIOR CULTURAL INFLUENCES • Culture Values, beliefs, preferences, and tastes handed down from one generation to the next. • Culture is a broad environmental determinant of behavior. Core Values in U.S. Culture • Work ethic and desire the accumulate wealth. • Importance of family and home life. • Individualism, education, freedom, youth, health, and others. • Consumers are adopting new values as communication technology changes.

  4. 0 International Perspective on Cultural Influences • Successful strategies in one country may not extend to others. • Example: McDonald’s allows local managers to run their own advertising campaigns tailored to the preferences of their customers. Subcultures • Groups within a culture that have their own modes of behavior. • In U.S. subcultures can differ by ethnicity, nationality, age, rural versus urban location, religion, and geographic distribution. • Population mix in U.S. is changing as the Hispanic, African American, and Asian populations grow.

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  6. 0 Hispanic-American Consumers • Forty-eight million Hispanics in U.S. are not homogenous. • Acculturation—the degree to which newcomers have adopted U.S. culture—shapes consumer behavior. • Despite differences among the various Hispanic segments, the Hispanic market in general is large and fast growing. • Some other important trends for marketers to consider: • Hispanics control more disposable income than any other minority group, a figure expected to hit $1.3 trillion by 2012. • During recent years, large consumer goods companies have invested huge sums in advertising to Hispanic consumers, in both English and Spanish. • Hispanic families tend to be somewhat larger than those of other population groups. They also tend to be younger, so deaths don’t balance out births.

  7. 0 African American Consumers • Thirty-eight million today; expected to grow to more than 61 million by 2050. • Buying power expected to be $1.1 trillion by 2012. • As with other subcultures, demographic factors such as age, language, and educational level all affect how marketers appeal to different segments of the African-American segment. Asian American Consumers • More than 14 million Asian Americans are spread among culturally diverse groups. • Asian American consumers are expected to wield $670 billion in buying power by 2012. • Many culturally diverse segments within this group, including Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, Indians, Vietnamese, and others. • Marketers today are working to better understand the needs of this market.

  8. 0 SOCIAL INFLUENCES • Everyone belongs to multiple social groups: family, neighborhood, clubs, and sports teams. • Group membership influences buying decisions. • Groups establish norms of behavior—values, attitudes, and behaviors that a group deems appropriate for its members. • Differences in status and roles within groups also influence behavior. • Some Americans make purchases to enhance their status within social groups, and others work to reduce their consumption dramatically. The Asch Phenomenon • Theory of psychologist S. E. Asch that individuals conform to majority rule, even if that majority rule goes against their beliefs.

  9. 0 Reference Groups • Reference groups People or institutions whose opinions are valued and to whom a person looks for guidance in his or her own behavior, values, and conduct, such as family, friends, or celebrities. • Influence of reference group depends on two conditions: • Purchased product must be seen and identifiable. • Purchased product must be conspicuous, something not everybody owns. Social Classes • Six classes: upper-upper, lower-upper, upper-middle, lower-middle, working class, lower class. • Income not always a primary factor. • Individuals’ buying habits sometimes reflect the class to which they aspire.

  10. 0 Opinion Leaders • Opinion leaders Trendsetters who purchase new products before others in agroup and then influence others in their purchases. • Individuals tend to act as opinion leaders for specific goods or services. • Information sometimes flows from massmedia to opinion leaders to consumers; sometimes flows directly to consumers.

  11. 0 • FAMILY INFLUENCES • • Like other influences, families have norms of expected behavior, status relationships, and roles. • • Family structure changing. • • Only about half of all households are headed by married couples. • • Many couples are separated or divorced, so single heads of households are more common.

  12. 0 FAMILY INFLUENCES • Four roles of spouses: • Autonomic role—partners independently make an equal number of decisions. • Husband-dominant role—husband usually makes certain buying decisions, such as purchasing life insurance. • Wife-dominant role—wife makes buying decisions, such as buying children’s clothing. • Syncratic role—buying decision made jointly. • Increasing occurrence of two-income households increases likelihood of spouses making joint buying decisions. Children and Teenagers in Family Purchases • Preteens and teens will spend $200 billion each year by 2011, and marketers are taking notice.

  13. 0 PERSONAL DETERMINANTS OFCONSUMER BEHAVIOR NEEDS AND MOTIVES • Need Imbalance between a consumer’s actual and desired states. • Motive Inner state that directs a person toward the goal of satisfying a need. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs • Developed by psychologist Abraham H. Maslow • Identifies five levels of human needs. • Person must at least partially satisfy lower-level needs before higher-level needs affect behavior.

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  15. 0 PERCEPTIONS • Perception Meaning that a person attributes to incoming stimuli gathered through the five senses. • Results from two types of factors: • Stimulus factors—characteristics of the physical object such as size, color, weight, and shape. • Individual factors—unique characteristics of the individual, including not only sensory processes but also experiences with similar inputs and basic motivations and expectations. Perceptual Screens • Consumers are bombarded by commercial messages. • Perceptual screens help people filter out some messages. • Advertisers work to break through these screens such as through using large ads, word-of-mouth advertising, and virtual reality.

  16. 0 Subliminal Perception • Subconscious receipt of incoming information. • Use is aimed at subverting perceptual screens. • Unlikely to work in customers not already inclined to buy. • Example: Retailers beaming commercials to individual customers in specific areas of the store, such as the cereal aisle. ATTITUDES • Attitudes Person’s enduring favorable or unfavorable evaluations, emotions, or action tendencies toward some object or idea. Attitude Components • Cognitive—individual’s knowledge about an object or concept. • Affective—deals with feelings or emotional reactions. • Behavioral—tendencies to act in a certain manner.

  17. 0 Changing Consumer Attitudes • Marketers have two choices for appealing to consumer attitudes: • Attempt to produce consumer attitudes that will motivate purchase of a particular product. • Evaluate existing consumer attitudes and then make the product features appeal to them. • Attitudes may not be unfavorable, just not motivating the consumer toward a purchase. Modifying the Components of Attitude • Provide information about product benefits and correcting misconceptions. • Engaging buyers in new behavior. • New technologies can encourage changes in customers’ attitudes.

  18. 0 LEARNING • Learning Knowledge or skill that is acquired as a result of experience, which changes consumer behavior. • Learning process: • Drive—any strong stimulus that impels action. • Cue—any object in the environment that determines the nature of the consumer’s response to a drive. • Response—an individual’s reaction to a set of cues and drives. • Reinforcement—the reduction in drive that results from a proper response; creates bond between the drive and the purchase of the product.

  19. 0 • Applying Learning Theory to Marketing Decisions • • Marketers use shaping, the process of applying a series of rewards and reinforcements to permit more complex behavior to evolve. • • Product and promotional strategy work together in the shaping process. • • First step – customer receives a free sample that includes a substantial discount for first purchase. • • Second step – Customer likes product and purchases it with little financial risk. • • Third step – Customer uses discount coupon to buy at moderate cost. • • Final step – Customer decided whether to buy the item at its true price. • SELF-CONCEPT THEORY • • Self-concept Person’s multifaceted picture of himself or herself. • • Four components—real self, self-image, looking-glass self, and ideal self— influence purchasing decisions.

  20. 0 THE CONSUMER DECISION PROCESS • High-involvement purchasing decisions include purchasing a condominium. • Low-involvement purchasing decisions include buying a candy bar.

  21. 0 PURCHASE DECISION AND PURCHASE ACT • Consumer decides where or from whom to make the purchase. POST-PURCHASE EVALUATION • Buyer feels either satisfaction at the removal of the discrepancy between the existing and desired states or dissatisfaction with the purchase. • Cognitive dissonance Imbalance among knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes that occurs after an action or decision, such as a purchase. • Reasons dissonance may increase: • The dollar value of a purchase increases. • The rejected alternatives have desirable features that the chosen alternatives do not provide. • The purchase decision has a major effect on the buyer.

  22. 0 CLASSIFYING CONSUMER PROBLEM-SOLVING PROCESSES • Results from two types of factors: Routinized Response Behavior • Consumer makes many purchases routinely by choosing a preferred brand or one of a limited group of acceptable brands. Limited Problem Solving • Consumer has previously set evaluative criteria for a particular kind of purchase but then encounters a new, unknown brand. Extended Problem Solving • Results when brands are difficult to categorize or evaluate. • Typical of high-involvement purchases.

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