Managing Integrated Marketing Communications
Companies need to develop strategies to improve brand image and brand awareness. The important aspect of spreading brand awareness and brand image is through communication. Companies need to establish a communication channel to win the new customers and retain existing customer. This communication is not restricted just to customer but also stakeholders in the value network. Communication is achieved through advertisement, sales promotion, public relation exercise, direct marketing and interactive marketing.
Elements of Communication Process
Communication process should not be one way traffic. Companies should look forward to developing communication network in which companies can reach customer but customer also can effectively communicate with companies. Technology has opened up many avenues to carry out effective communication. Companies have traditional tools like newspaper, television, radio, telephone, billboards and modern tools like the internet, emails and wireless devices. Technology has made the communication process not only faster but also reduced over all communication cost.
There are nine elements, which make the communication process. The two parties are sender-company and receiver-customer. The communication tools are message and media used to communicate the process. The four major communication functions are encoding, decoding, response and feedback. The last element is the noise which is anytime of interference disrupting clarity of the message.
Senders must encode the message as per the target audience and use the right media. The receiver decodes the message, responds to the message and sends feedback to the company. Experience senders are able to garner a more effective response from the right message.
However the message may not have required effect if:-
Developing Effective Communication Program
Companies have to put effort in developing an effective communication program. The development of the communication program can be charted into eight steps.
Marketing communication cannot be considered in isolation. It is an integral part of any companies overall growth process.
- Developing Price Strategies
- Value Networks and Marketing Channels
- Managing Retailing and Wholesaling
- Tools of Promotion
- Managing the Sales Force
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