Intro to Busn/Personal Finance Marketing

Learning Goal:

    • Students will understand the role of marketing

    • Students will be able to identify target markets

    • Students will understand the Four Ps of Marketing

In class, we'll cover the following sections from our book using the links and materials below.

We'll check out the videos above together as a group. How would you describe marketing in your own words? Talk with someone and be ready to share. Let's look at how your book (linked above) defines marketing.

the role of marketing

We will need two volunteers to demonstrate the exchange process described in your book (using candy). We'll also use your book to look at all the ways marketing is part of the value exchange process.

Marketing can be summarized into the key elements shown in the image to the left (taken from your book). Check out the infographic on this page about Customer Acquisition Vs. Retention Costs. What three pieces of data do you find most interesting? Be ready to share.

We will use your book (linked above) to learn about the marketing concept and how it's different than other concepts. The video below (How financial institutions can win through customer-focused content) shows what this might look like in one industry.

Choose a specific product. Use this cool tool from Google to draw your product (Google Drawing & Canva could work too). We will build on this drawing and you will eventually add it to the collaborative page below.

Marketers need to convey value to customers. What is the value or benefits you gain from your product? Talk with someone and be ready to share.

Companies compete. Marketing helps customers choose one product over the competition. Who is a competitor of your product? Draw something to symbolize this competitor (eg. logo?). Talk with someone and be ready to share.

Think of a product that is a substitute for your product (eg. AirBnb vs hotel). Draw something to symbolize this substitute. Talk with someone and be ready to share.

How does your product differentiate? How is it different or unique? Draw something to symbolize this differentiation. Talk with someone and be ready to share.

What is your product's (company) competitive advantage? What is something they have or do better than other companies? What sets them apart from other companies? Draw something to symbolize this competitive advantage. Talk with someone and be ready to share.

Add your drawing to this collaborative page with your class period and name.

It's important that companies understand their customers' wants. We'll watch this video that shows how Coke misunderstood their customers (stop at 7:03).

Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool (eg. Costco). We'll take a look at this article that shows how some companies have built relationships and successfully leveraged their community of customers (we'll check out some of the videos if time allows).


"If everyone is your customer, then no one is." Would I be able to sell this _________ product to everyone in the room? Why or why not?

The Challenge - Target Market Info & Word Art

Team up with someone close by and think of a new specific product (one you haven't used before) to market. Don't use a service. Open and share this document to write down ideas as we go. We'll add info step by step.

What needs does your product fulfill? How is it different from the competition? Talk with your partner, jot down some ideas, and be ready to share.

Let's say your market is teachers (eg. Class Dojo a.k.a. the monster picker). You wouldn't try to market to every teacher. We can break down a market through segmentation. We'll check out the video below to learn about ways to segment customers and look at your book (linked above) to learn more. We will focus on demographic and geographic for our class.

How would you segment (breakdown using geographic, demographic, or a combination) and ultimately target (choose) the best customers for your product? Talk with your partner, jot down some ideas, and be ready to share.

Describe one of your target customers. What other products would they buy? Talk with your partner, jot down some ideas, and be ready to share.

If our business is using the marketing concept mentioned above, we want customer needs to drive business action. In order to do this, we need to use market research to gain insight into our target market or customers. We'll look at your book (linked above) for a definition of market research, how it can help us compete, and the OnStar example.

One way a company might conduct market research is through surveys or questionnaires. Write a five-question survey that would help you gain insight into your target market from above. Talk with your partner, jot down some ideas, and be ready to share.

We'll look at basic use of this word art tool together. Show me your finished document and word art in class for credit (10 Pts Participation category).


We will use this presentation (present with Pear Deck) to learn about the Marketing Mix. Information in the presentation is taken directly from your book (linked above).

Video Production Considerations

If you want to be a professional in the video marketing business, take TV Productions with Mr. Dwyer. We will talk about a few key considerations for your commercial.

First, we'll check out this video about camera orientation for video.

Think about shooting in clips (at least 12 seconds long) and combining the clips together.

App Recommendations:

The Challenge - Marketing Mix Visual & Commercial 25 pts (assessment)

Your team is in charge of marketing for an up and coming company. Use this document to help this company become a household name.