Marketing 3.0: From Products to Customers to the Human Spirit
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MARKETING 3.0: From Products to Customers to the Human Spirit
Why are most marketers stuck in the past?
Now that almost every organization claims to be customer-oriented, the strategy is no longer sufficient. We are witnessing the rise of Marketing 3.0 or "the human-centric era." Instead of people being treated as consumers, they are treated as human beings who are active, anxious, and creative.
In this new book, MARKETING 3.0: From Products to Customers to the Human Spirit (Wiley; 9780470598825; $24.95), Philip Kotler and his coauthors explain that customers are no longer isolated but are connected. They are no longer unaware but are informed. They are no longer passive but are active. They want to play a role in value creation. They want to communicate with others about their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with product and service brands.
Over the years, marketing has mutated through three stages. Many of today's marketers still practice marketing 1.0, some practice marketing 2.0, and a few are moving into marketing 3.0. The greatest opportunities will come to marketers practicing 3.0.
- Marketing 1.0, or "the product-centric era" was that stage where companies appealed to the mind of customers by providing rational arguments why the customer should buy their product.
- Marketing 2.0, "the customer-centric era" was the new stage where companies tried to connect emotionally with the customers so that their preference would be based on a mind and heart connection with the company.
- MARKETING 3.0 is the latest stage where companies are seeking to connect with the customers' spirit in this age where customers want the company to assume more social responsibility for the issues that concern all of us (environment, poverty, disease, drugs...)
MARKETING 3.0 addresses the importance of recognizing the human condition in marketing any product or service. Companies such as S.C. Johnson and Timberland, are creating products, services, and company cultures that lead, inspire, and reflect the values of their customers. In an age of highly aware customers, companies must demonstrate their relevance to customers at the level of basic values.
MARKETING 3.0 will help readers get to the next level of marketing.