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XV. Case Study.
The artist
George Clinton is one of the most respected and influential musician/songwriters in the popular music industry. Since the early 1980s, he has been instrumental in the ongoing development and refinement of what is now called Urban Contemporary music. He is considered the Father of Funk, the dance-oriented rhythm and blues that has dominated African-American popular music in the last 20 years. He has also inspired musical genres from Hip Hop to Rap.
Clinton’s best-known work was in the late 1980s with the groups Parliament and Funkadelic and their amalgum P-Funk. All of the major songwriter/producers (the people who dominate Urban Contemporary music in the 1990s) claim Clinton as a mentor and an influence — this includes Prince, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley, L.A. and Babyface, etc.
Clinton is probably the second most sampled songwriter, behind only James Brown. «Sampling» is a term unique to the late 1980s and 1990s, and is the result of the increasing use of computers in the creation of music. A «sample» is a small piece of a previously recorded song that is used in a new song or composition. Samples vary in length but generally involve a few bars of a song — sometimes only a single instrument (a guitar solo, a bass line) or all the elements (rhythm, vocals, solos). Clinton’s music is sampled primarily by Rappers.
Clinton’s persona is, to some extent, better know than his music.
A frequent guest on David Letterman and MTV, BET, and other video-oriented programs, Clinton’s long, rainbow-colored hair is a familiar trademark. His irreverent humor pokes fun at the normal image of the rock’n’roll or R&B Rhythm and Blues star. And, although he has not had a «hit» record (sales of more than half a million units) in years, he still has a large, highly loyal following.
The company
Paisley Park Records is a small record label, associated with and distributed and marketed by Warner Bros. Records. Paisley Park chooses its acts and then oversees the recording, marketing, and packaging. Warner Bros. then manufactures the records themselves, distributes them to retailers, and takes the primary responsibility for marketing the records—advertising, contacts with radio stations, television video, etc.
Make no mistake about it: Paisley Park is Prince’s record label. Although run by Alan Leeds, Prince himself is the final decision maker on who the label signs and records. In that sense, Paisley Park is different from most other record companies. Most companies have large A&R (artists and repertoire) staffs; these are people who weed out the many artists seeking to be signed to the labels. At Paisley Park Records, the decisions on who to sign are more likely to be personal than at other labels.
The issues
The marketing problem is that George Clinton has not had a hit record in years. In 1999 he signed a new recording contract with Prince’s Paisley Park Records label. And the addition of George Clinton to that label’s short roster probably was more a personal decision by Prince — a sincere fan of Clinton — than a purely business decision. Upon signing, Prince immediately gave Clinton a small part in his moderately successful film, «Graffitti Bridge».
A significant part of Clinton’s problem is that he doesn’t seem to fit into any of the many market segments within the music industry —particularly the two key conduits for marketing in the industry, radio and music video television. Although he is clearly a legend in the Urban Contemporary market, Urban Contemporary program directors and DJs are not interested in his new music—they perceive Clinton as an «oldie» performer, and are less likely to play his new material. Pop or CHR radio (Contemporary Hits Radio, the modern equivalent of Top 40 radio formats) see Clinton as too much an Urban Contemporary artist for their formats. And, though MTV will interview Clinton at almost any opportunity, they are very slow to play his videos. The results are that Clinton’s records generally sell about 100,000 units each, based on the loyalty of his core audience.
Alan Leeds, Clinton, and his advisors want to develop a long-term strategy to reposition George Clinton. When Clinton signed with Paisley Park, he had already completed an album, «Cinderella Theory,» that was to be released on that label. The Paisley Park strategy is to use the marketing of «Cinderella Theory» to prepare the way for the release of Clinton’s future albums.
As they look at Clinton’s past music and marketing, several features emerge:
Clinton’s irreverent humor that viewers see on MTV and the David Letterman show is carried through on Clinton’s longstanding use of «cartoon» graphics on his albums.
Clinton’s lyrics for his music have great depth and sophistication, a fact often lost on listeners and viewers.
Traditionally George Clinton has been almost the only artist featured in his music—seldom using important backup support.
As they analyze the opportunities for repositioning George Clinton, they see two key dimensions to the music segments relative to Clinton’s opportunities: (1) a traditional-to-contemporary dimension and (2) a serious-to-funky dimension. They reach two big decisions: (1) make Clinton more «contemporary» on the first dimension and (2) make Clinton more «serious» on the second dimension. Given these marketing strategy decisions, what actions should George Clinton, Alan Leeds, and Paisley Park Records take to implement these plans?
What are some of the key reasons why an artist of the stature of George Clinton has problems getting a hit record at this stage of his career?
What specific market segments would you target to give new life to George Clinton’s career?
What marketing actions would you recommend to achieve the repositioning of George Clinton?
Once the company has decided on its positioning strategy, it is ready to begin planning the details of the marketing mix. The marketing mix is one of the major concepts in modern marketing. We define the marketing mix as the set of controllable marketing variables that the firm blends to produce the response it wants in the target market. The marketing mix consists of everything the firm can do to influence the demand for its product. The many possibilities can be collected into four groups of variables known as «the four P’s»: product, price, place, and promotion.
Product stands for the «goods-and-service» combination the company offers to the target market. Thus, a Ford Taurus «product» consists of nuts and bolts, spark plugs, pistons, headlights, and thousands of other parts. Ford offers several Taurus styles and dozens of optional features. The car comes fully serviced and with a comprehensive warranty that is as much a part of the product as the tailpipe.
Price stands for the amount of money customers have to pay to obtain the product. Ford calculates suggested retail prices that its dealers might charge for each Taurus. But Ford dealers rarely charge the full sticker price. Instead, they negotiate the price with each customer, offering discounts, trade-in allowances, and credit terms to adjust for the current competitive situation and to bring the price into line with the buyer’s perceptions of the car’s value.
Place stands for company activities that make the product available to target consumers. A product reaches customers through a channel of distribution. A channel of distribution is any series of firms (or individuals) from producer to final user or consumer.
Sometimes a channel system is quite short. It may run directly from a producer to a final user or consumer. Often it’s more complex, involving many different kinds of middlemen and specialists. And if a marketing manager has several different target markets, several channels of distribution might be needed.
Ford maintains a large body of independently owned dealerships that sell the company’s many different models. Ford selects its dealers carefully and supports them strongly. The dealers keep an inventory of Ford automobiles, demonstrate them to potential buyers, negotiate prices, close sales, and service cars after the sale.
Promotion stands for activities that communicate the merits of the product and persuade target customers to buy it.
Promotion includes personal selling, mass selling, and sales promotion. It’s the marketing manager’s job to blend these methods.
Personal selling involves direct communication between sellers and potential customers. Personal selling is usually face-to-face, but sometimes communication is over the telephone. Personal selling lets the salesperson adapt the firm’s marketing mix to each potential customer. But this individual attention comes at a price. Personal selling can be very expensive. Often this personal effort has to be blended with mass selling and sales promotion.
Mass selling is communicating with large numbers of customers at the same time. The main form of mass selling is advertising (any paid form of nonpersonal presentation of ideas, goods, or services by an identified sponsor). Publicity (any unpaid form of nonpersonal presentation of ideas, goods, or services) is another important form of mass selling.
Sales promotion refers to those promotion activities—other than advertising, publicity, and personal selling—that stimulate interest, trial, or purchase by final customers or others in the channel. This can involve use of coupons, point-of-purchase materials, samples, signs, catalogs, novelties, and circulars. Sales promotion specialists try to help the personal selling and mass selling people.
Ford spends more than $ 600 million each year on advertising to tell consumers about the company and its products. Dealership salespeople assist potential buyers and persuade them that Ford is the best car for them. Ford and its dealers offer special promotions—sales, cash rebates, low-financing rates—as added purchase incentives.
An effective marketing program blends all of the marketing mix elements into a coordinated program designed to achieve the company’s marketing objectives by delivering value to consumers. The marketing mix constitutes the company’s tactical tool kit for establishing strong positioning in target markets. However, note that the four Ps represent the sellers’ view of the marketing tools available for influencing buyers. From a consumer viewpoint, each marketing tool is designed to deliver a customer benefit. One marketing expert suggests that companies should view the four Ps in terms of the customer’s four Cs:
Thus, winning companies will be those that can meet customer needs economically and conveniently and with effective communication.
Four Ps
Four Cs
Customer needs and wants
Cost to the customer
All four Ps are needed in a marketing mix. In fact, they should all be tied together. But is any one more important than the others? Generally speaking, the answer is no—all contribute to one whole. When a marketing mix is being developed, all (final) decisions about the Ps should be made at the same time. That’s why the four Ps are arranged around the customer (C) in a circle—to show that they all are equally important.

Let’s sum up our discussion of marketing mix planning thus far. We develop a Product to satisfy the target customers. We find a way to reach our target customers’ Place. We use Promotion to tell the target customers (and middlemen) about the product that has been designed for them. And we set a Price after estimating expected customer reaction to the total offering and the costs of getting it to them.
І. Key terms:
Price — ціна — the amount of money charged for a product or service, or the sum of the values that consumers exchange for the benefits of having or using the product or service.
Promotion — просування — the specific mix of advertising, personal selling, sales promotion, and public relations a company uses to pursue its advertising and marketing objectives.
Advertising — реклама — any paid form of nonpersonal communication about an organization, goods, service or idea by any identified sponsor.
Lifestyle — стиль життя — a mode of living that is identified by
how people spend their time and resources (activities), what
they consider important in their environment (interests), and
what they think of themselves and the world around them
Marketing channel — канали маркетингу — people and firms involved in the process of making a product or service available for use or consumption by consumers or industrial users.
ІІ.  Vocabulary notes:
allowance, n.
sum of money, amount of sth., allowed to sb. — грошова допомога; утримання; кишенькові гроші; family allowance — допомога багатосімейним;
порція, пай, раціон; норма видачі; making allowance(s) for — allow for, take into consideration — поправка; виправдання; дозвіл, допущення; брати до уваги; allowance must be made for his age — remember that he is young, and not to be severe — слід зважити на його вік;
deduction or discount — знижка; надбавка; advertising allowance — знижка (з ціни товару) з метою компенсації витрат на рекламу; cost-of-living allowance — підвищення ставок заробітної плати у зв’язку зі зміною індексу прожиткового мінімуму; promotion allowance — знижка (з ціни товару) з метою компенсації послуг із просування товару на ринок; tax allowance — пільги на податок; trade allowance — знижка роздрібним торговцям;
persuade, v.
convince — переконувати; persuade sb. that …; persuade sb. of sth.;
cause (sb.) by reasoning (to do sth.) — умовляти; схиляти;
cause sb. to do/stop doing sth. — persuade sb. into/out of (doing) sth.; from doing sth. — умовляти; відмовляти;
promote, v.
give (sb.) a higher position or rank — to promote (to) — просувати, висувати; підвищувати у званні (у чині); He was promoted colonel (to colonel; to the rank of colonel) — йому надали звання полковника;
help to organize and start; help to found or organize — сприяти, підтримувати; заохочувати; допомагати; спричиняти; засновувати (підприємство тощо); promote a new business company — засновувати нову комерційну компанію; promote a bill in Parliament — підтримувати законопроект у парламенті;
encourage by publicity, advertising, etc. — сприяти продажу товару; створювати сприятливі умови для продажу; просувати;
promotion, n.
promoting or being promoted — сприяння, підтримка, заохочення;
instance of promoting or being promoted — просування по службі; підвищення на посаді (в чині); win/gain/obtain promotion — дістати підвищення;
encouragement by publicity, etc.; advertising/ publicizing one’s product — сприяння в продажу; створення сприятливих умов для продажу; просування;
warranty, n.
authority — дозвіл, офіційна санкція; підстава, виправдання;
written or printed guarantee — гарантія, поручительство, порука; гарантія якості;
article in the contract which covers some conditions — умова, застереження;
incentive, n.
that which incites, rouses or encourages a person/incentive to sth./to do sth./to doing sth. — спонука, спонукання, стимул;
incentive, adj.
спонукальний, надихаючий; заохочувальний, стимулюючий;
inventory, n.
detailed list, e.g. of household goods, furniture, etc. — інвентаризаційний опис, відомість, перепис, інвентаризація, реєстр; список, каталог;
items included in the list — товари, предмети, внесені в інвентаризаційний опис, наявні товари;
goods in stock — матеріально-виробничі запаси; annual inventory — інвентаризація в кінці року; inventory in stock — наявні запаси; buffer (protective) inventory — резервний запас; gross inventory — загальний запас; input inventory — запаси, що надходять; mean inventory — середній рівень матеріальних запасів; on-hand inventory — наявний запас; on-order inventory — замовлений запас; total inventory — загальний рівень запасів.
ІІІ. Answer the following questions:
What does the company do after it has decided on its positioning strategy?
What do you know about one of the major concepts in modern marketing?
How can it be defined?
What does Product stand for?
How do Ford dealers charge for each Taurus?
In what way does a product reach its customers?
Is a channel system short or complex?
What can you say about Promotion?
What does Promotion include?
Speak about advantages and disadvantages of personal selling and mass selling.
What promotion activities does sales promotion refer to?
How can the company’s marketing objectives be achieved?
What are the customer’s four Cs?
Are all four Ps needed in a marketing mix?
Sum up the discussion of marketing mix planning.
IV. Find in the text the following words and word combinations and translate the sentences in which they are used:
controllable marketing variables; «goods-and-service» combination; comprehensive warranty; full sticker price, to adjust for the current competitive situation; merits of the product; sales promotion; personal effort; point-of-purchase materials; tactical tool kit; product features; list price; product coverage.
V. Find English equivalents:
впливати на попит; гайки та болти; свічі запалювання; фари; деталі на вибір; вихлопна труба; запропоновані роздрібні ціни; торговельні знижки; привести ціну у відповідність до; обговорювати ціну; канал розподілу; кінцевий споживач; віч-на-віч; пристосувати маркетинговий комплекс фірми до кожного потенційного споживача; суспільні відносини; зразки; дрібні порції нового товару; з точки зору споживача; засоби маркетингу; асортимент товару; властивості товару; упаковка; транспортна упаковка; можливості повернення; розміщення; стимулювання збуту.
VІ. Memorize the following terms and their Ukrainian equivalents:
А. Value
1) цінність, важливість; 2) висока оцінка; 3) вартість; 4) еквівалент, ціна; вартість; 5) валюта; еквівалент; сума векселя або тратти;

at value
за ціною; за ціною дня;

commercial value
ринкова вартість;

current value
існуючі ринкові ціни;

exchange value
мінова вартість;

loss (fall) in value
зниження ставки;

market value
курсова вартість, ринкова вартість;

nominal (face, denominal) value
номінальна вартість, номінал;

surplus value
додаткова вартість;

under value
нижче від вартості;

asset value
номінальна вартість активів;

capital value
вартість реального основного капі-

cash value
грошова вартість;

cost value
собівартість; вартість витрат; первинна вартість;

disposal (salvage) value
ліквідаційна вартість;

guess value

intristic value
внутрішня вартість;

land value
вартість землі;

marginal value
гранична вартість; маржинальний показник;

net value
чиста вартість;

par value
паритет, номінал акції або облігації;
2) паритет валюти;

sales value
загальна вартість продажу;

shipped value
вартість відвантажень;

stated value
заявлена вартість;

transferred value
перенесена вартість;

unit value
середня ціна одиниці продукту.
В. Term
1) строк, період; час; тривалість; 2) строк закінчення, кінцева точка; 3) pl. умови; 4) оренда на певний термін; 5) термін виконання зобов’язань; термін кредитування;

on beneficial terms
на вигідних умовах;

terms of an agreement
умови угоди;

terms of payment
умови платежу;

terms of reference
коло повноважень, мандат; компе-

unacceptable terms
неприйнятні умови;

terms of delivery
умови постачання;

terms of bill
строк векселя;

terms of interest
умови перерахування відсотків;

terms of sale
умови продажу;

terms of validity
термін дії (договору);

easy (soft) terms
пільгові умови;

lending terms
умови видачі кредиту;

negotiated terms
умови, досягнені в результаті переговорів;

stipulated terms
запропоновані умови, поставлені заздалегідь.
VII. Match the Ukrainian and English equivalents:
вартість у країні-виробнику
cost value

розрахована вартість
total (overall, aggregate) value

дійсна вартість
home value

вартість одиниці продукції
value of each separate shipment

вартість замовлення
estimated value

заставна вартість
value of output

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