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Summary: For undergraduate courses in Marketing on the Internet and undergraduate/MBA courses in E-Commerce and eBusiness Foundations. Also ideal for executive education programs.
Timeless yet timely. Designed to bridge the gap between the science of eBusiness marketing and its practice, this exciting new text provides a timeless conceptual framework that's complemented with timely applications. Using a cross-discipline approach of marketing theories and technology ...show more solutions, it adapts existing marketing models to today's Internet-enabled environment. ...show less
E-business marketing is the theory and practice of marketing in the electronic environment. The Internet, the most pervasive electronic environment yet, is the catalyst for this area of study. It has been only since 1994 that the Internet has been a commercially available marketplace. During its infancy, the concept of a new economy fueled by soaring, unparalleled financial markets available over the Internet created uncertainty. How would it become an integral part of a firm's competitive arsenal, and specifically how could it be integrated into marketing science and practice? Although still in its "early days," we now know the Internet brings unprecedented opportunities; yet, the reality of its financial returns has settled in with the "dot.com bust" in the early spring 2000.
The Internet's commercialization generated considerable debate about whether the marketing discipline needed new conceptual frameworks to study this new phenomenon. The rapidly changing, new environment was a challenge to study empirically, since by the time any data were gathered the environment had changed. Students were ,provided with timely examples and practices about e-business marketing, yet because those practices and examples "aged" prematurely in this environment, their education was not timeless. Understanding the Internet's role in marketing requires both timely (situation-relevant) and timeless (part of a larger general concept) information.
With almost a decade of the Internet's commercialization behind us, meaningful research and its translation into a firm's marketing practices have begun to emerge. The slowdown of the financial markets and the compression in this electronic environment has facilitated such research. Thus, the debate on the creation of new models also have settled considerably. The primary focus is to examine a rich body of knowledge within marketing science and to test it in the electronic environment. Often, the existing models are not directly applicable but, through rigorous thought and study, they are adaptable. The ability to scientifically study the Internet, plus the need to provide a timely yet timeless approach to our students in the area of e-business marketing, led to this textbook.
The timeless element of our approach is to adapt marketing models to the Internet environment. We are timely in our approach with eight real companies as examples and practices of their online marketing experiences. Each company has a unique e-business marketing opportunity presented within the context of a marketing model. An Internet-based marketing process is applied to each company's opportunity.
E-business marketing requires an understanding of technological solutions. This does not mean students become programmers; rather, they need to understand how to leverage technology to maximize their marketing efforts. The need for this understanding is addressed by our text as well. Each chapter demonstrates the technological approaches and solutions within the marketing frameworks presented, as well as the case studies. We believe this combined marketing and technology philosophy further enhances the students' education by giving them a cross-discipline foundation that is timely yet timeless.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK?
We wrote this book for a variety of audiences:
Our book has 14 chapters, organized into three sections. The first section (Chapters 1 through 4) examines the conceptual frameworks of e-business marketing. Chapter 1 provides an overview of e-business in general and translates that into existing marketing concepts and models at an introductory level. This enables the students to transition from a general marketing to an electronic marketing orientation. Chapter 2 furthers this translation with the focus on the marketing mix and how it is used as leverage in the Internet environment. Chapter 3 introduces the value bubble Internet marketing process. This is a pivotal chapter as the value bubble is applied to each case study as an analytical and solutions-based tool. Chapter 4 concludes the first section by presenting an adapted communication model for the electronic environment.
The second section (Chapters 5 through 12) presents eight case studies of real companies' e-business challenges and opportunities. The companies, in these cases, have worked in university-based partnerships in excess of two years. Thus, benefit students from the opportunity to study the e-business decision-making process over time and to initially measure the companies' successes and failures. All of the companies have a brick and mortar presence; they represent the types of companies that struggle with the extent to which their business practices should transition into the Internet. Students and practitioners will be able to identify with the e-business marketing challenges and opportunities in the areas of integrated marketing communications, brand management, competitive strategies, pricing, services marketing, channel management (redefinition), and new product development.
The third section (Chapters 13 and 14) examines the future of e-business marketing and suggests extensions for the existing value bubble analytical tool. Chapter 13 examines the concept of customerization and the possibilities for this marketing approach. Chapter 14 gives students a research methodology for conducting online research. It also introduces an extension of the value bubble model.
Albert, Terri : University of Hartford
Terri Albert, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Hartford. Prior to joining the University of Hartford in 2000, Dr. Albert was an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut for three years. Prior to beginning her academic career, she spent several years in financial services marketing, particularly focused on leveraging technology for the delivery of services. She received her undergraduate education from the University of Maryland, and her masters degree and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Albert's teaching portfolio encompasses digital marketing, services marketing, marketing research, and integrated marketing communications (graduate and undergraduate courses). In addition, she co-developed an e-business certificate program. She is a faculty fellow at the GE Capital Edgelab in Stamford, Connecticut, where she works on student and business teams developing digitized practices and processes.
Dr. Albert's research interests are in the areas of technology adoption across diverse groups (comparisons across sub-populations of the industrial and consumer markets). Her research has been published in both academic and industry publications.
Sanders, William B. : University of Hartford
William B. Sanders, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Interactive Information Technology program at the-University of Hartford. He has been involved in several business enterprises, including Microbotics (creating software and interfaces for robots), Briefcase Software (producing digital interrogatories for attorneys), and Sandlight Productions (book and software marketing and production) where technology and marketing were never a separate entity. He is best known for more than 35 books in computer-related areas and is actively involved in software testing and development for major software firms. His undergraduate and doctoral degrees are from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his masters degree is from San Francisco State University.
He is currently involved in teaching courses where human-computer interactions are examined as a social-psychological entity enabled through Internet
1. Overview of e-Business Marketing.
2. Marketing Mix.
3. The Value Bubble.
4. Communication Model for the Online Environment.
5. Case Study 1: Manufacturer of Specialty Engineering Products.
6. Case Study 2: Steel Manufacturer.
7. Case Study 3: Distributor.
8. Case Study 4: Utility Company.
9. Case Study 5: Not-for-Profit Trade Association.
10. Case Study 6: PoP Manufacturer.
11. Case Study 7: Insurance.
12. Case Study 8: Financial Services.
III. EVALUATION METHODOLOGY AND RESEARCH IN E-BUSINESS.
13. Case Study Analysis.
14. Researching e-Business.
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