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Dr. Weinstein is the author of 8 books and more than 80 scholarly articles and trade papers dealing with customer-centric marketing strategy. His latest book is SUPERIOR CUSTOMER VALUE - FINDING AND KEEPING CUSTOMERS IN THE NOW ECONOMY, 4th edition (2019).
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Whether it's due to a lack of focus, lack of time, or just bad planning, most companies fall short of the mark in their target marketing. The Handbook of Market Segmentation, 3rd Edition: Strategic Target Marketing for Business and Technology Firms is a practical, how-to guide to what marketers need to know about defining, segmenting, and targeting business markets: assessing customer needs; gauging the competition; designing winning strategies; and maximizing corporate resources. The latest edition of this marketing classic combines content and features from the previous editions with an emphasis on successful practices in business-to-business and high-tech segmentation. This valuable research source puts the latest thinking from the business and academic communities at your fingertips.
From the author:
The most important thing I’ve learned from working in market segmentation research and strategy for more than 15 years is that few companies get the most from their target marketing. Their top executives advocate the need to be market- or customer-oriented but base their marketing plans on cursory, incomplete, or emotional analyses. They end up with ’fuzzy’ business missions, unclear objectives, information that isn’t decision-oriented, unfocused promotional strategies, and no real plan to attack niche markets. This happens because they haven’t developed an effective strategy for segmenting high-tech and industrial markets. They don’t have a process that introduces and improves their business segmentation planning and execution. What they need is a handbook for improving their organization’s performance in new and existing business markets.
Handbook of Market Segmentation, Third Edition: Strategic Target Marketing for Business and Technology Firm is a state-of-the-art guide to market identification, analysis, selection, and strategy. The book is organized into four parts (segmentation planning, business segmentation bases, implementing segmentation strategy, segmentation strategy cases) and includes applications, case studies, checklists, figures, and tables. Each chapter features a Segmentation Skillbuilder (a field-tested exercise that improves your working knowledge of key business-to-business segmentation topics) and a Business Segmentation Insight (an in-depth look at a key segmentation issue).
Handbook of Market Segmentation, Third Edition: Strategic Target Marketing for Business and Technology Firms examines:
- how to conduct effective, cost-efficient, and profitable segmentation studies
- segmentation options such as differentiation and niche marketing
- defining business markets
- a 10-point program for segmenting business markets (planning and research)
- business segmentation bases (geographics, firmographics, benefits, usage, purchasing behavior)
- how North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) has replaced SIC analysis
- criteria for choosing target markets
- implementing segmentation in business organizations
- how to conduct (and benefit from) a segmentation audit
- detailed segmentation studies on six companiesCollins Aviation Services, Dev-Soft, Dow Corning, Lexmark International, Pharmacia Corporation, and Sportmed
- and much more!
Superior Customer Value is a state-of-the-art guide to designing, implementing and evaluating a customer value strategy in service, technology and information-based organizations. A customer-centric culture provides focus and direction for an organization, driving and enhancing market performance.
By benchmarking the best companies in the world, Weinstein shows students and marketers what it really means to create exceptional value for customers in the Now Economy. Learn how to transform companies by competing via the 5-S framework – speed, service, selection, solutions and sociability. Other valuable tools such as the Customer Value Funnel, Service-Quality-Image-Price (SQIP) framework, SERVQUAL, and the Customer Value/Retention Model frame the reader’s thinking on how to improve marketing operations to create customer-centered organizations.
This edition features a stronger emphasis on marketing thinking, planning and strategy, as well as new material on the Now Economy, millennials, customer obsession, business models, segmentation and personalized marketing, customer experience management and customer journey mapping, value pricing, customer engagement, relationship marketing and technology, marketing metrics and customer loyalty and retention. Built on a solid research basis, this practical and action-oriented book will give students and managers an edge in improving their marketing operations to create superior customer experiences.
First Published in 1999: This book stresses the service aspects of an organization - especially customer service, marketing, and organizational responsiveness, and how to create and provide outstanding customer value to the target market(s).
A customer-centric culture provides focus and direction for the organization, ensuring that exceptional value will be offered to customers — this, in turn, results in enhanced market performance. Unfortunately, caught up in the daily economic and competitive pressures of running complex and fast-changing businesses, managers may lose sight of customers’ desires. And, consequently, customer experiences often fall far short of expectations.
Written by an expert with more than fifteen years of experience, Superior Customer Value: Strategies for Winning and Retaining Customers, Third Edition benchmarks the best companies and shows you what it truly means to create world-class value for customers. The book is a state-of-the-art guide to designing, implementing, and evaluating a customer value strategy in service, technology, and information-based organizations. It explores key marketing planning issues that emphasize relationship management strategies to keep customers happy.
See What’s New in the Third Edition:
New topics include:
- Business models
- Co-creation of value
- Corporate entrepreneurship
- Customer experience management
- Customer value metrics
- Net promoter score
- Social media
Expanded coverage of:
- Customer relationship management
- E-business opportunities
Written as an academic textbook for use in MBA programs, the book is highly readable, practical, and action-oriented, giving managers at all levels of experience guidance on how to improve marketing operations and create customer-centric organizations. It explains valuable tools such as customer value funnel, customer value assessment, service-quality-image-price (SQIP) analysis, and CRM models. Each chapter has a customer value insight checklist, action items, and informative figures and tables.
This revised edition addresses current trends in value-adding business practice, from understanding how to drive a market and find new ventures to the rise in customer importance of the online arena and new models and metrics for customer loyalty and retention. Great companies amaze and delight customers — Superior Customer Value offers a strategic blueprint to learn from the market leaders and apply those lessons to your organization.
Art Weinstein discusses the book in several videos on the CRC Press YouTube Channel.
Although market definition is the foundation for formulating business strategies and is critical to corporate performance, marketers and top management often rely on intuition or incomplete analyses when targeting markets. This text discusses the marketing methods used by leading companies and executive and provides you with the knowledge to create strategies that will work for your company. Defining Your Market examines the topics that will help your company become more successful now and into the next century, including:
- customer and competitive-driven market definitions
- the five core dimensions of market definition-- customer needs, customer groups, technology, products, and competition
- managerial implications related to strategic planning, formulating the marketing mix, integrating marketing and technology, and global strategy
- strategies for businesses for redefining markets and successfully competing in the 21st century
- the impact company size has on marketing strategies
- how to avoid the dangers of creating a market definition that is too narrow and limiting or one that is too broad and overlooks profitable niches in the market
Each chapter of Defining Your Market features exercises that will help you understand new concepts and allows you to put these methods to immediate and profitable use. You will be able to learn about the tools and techniques that work for Andersen Consulting, Dell, General Electric, Intel, Merck, and Microsoft, and dozens of leading business marketers.Defining Your Market provides you with strategies that will help you define and redefine the most relevant and profitable markets for a successful and competitive business.