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The Marketing Mavens

    By Noel Capon
The way far too many people at far too many companies think about and execute marketing was born in an era when suppliers-the companies generating products and services-were in the catbird seat. That world is long dead, and customers now occupy that position. In this relentlessly globalizing economy, we live in a world of "oversupply" and "underdemand," with too many suppliers chasing too few customers, offering more goods and services than the market can absorb.
Noel Capon set out to discover what differentiates people who know how to succeed in this changed world-people who are able to "create customers "for the products and services of their business.
"The Marketing Mavens" is based on a four-year-long research program that spanned twenty-five industries, identifying long-term winners and what they do differently. Put simply, Marketing Mavens place customers at the center of their business and make marketing "everyone'"s job. Using a wide variety of intriguing, in-depth examples, from ESPN to the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Capon shows how the mavens create customers. How by placing the sports fan at the center of its business, ESPN creates programming that meets the needs of fans that were never given a second thought by the networks; or how physicians at the Mayo Clinic, being both technical experts and skilled at creating a patient-centric ambience, motivate people to pay the extra travel and lodging expenses not covered by insurance.
Marketing Mavens, though a rare breed, can be found up and down an organization-from the CEO to chief marketing officers to business unit managers. Noel Capon has talked to mavens from across the global economy and brings forth their uncanny insights behind the five imperatives of the true Marketing Maven:
" Picking markets that matter"
" Selecting segments to dominate and finding the sweet spot in that segment"
" Designing the offer to create customer value and secure differential advantage"
" Integrating to serve the customer "
" And measuring what matters"
Noel Capon in "The" "Marketing Mavens" redefines marketing, moving it from a focus on selling and communication into a discipline that guides all the key decisions of a business. By seeing marketing as everyone's business-not the domain of a few specialists-you'll get your business in step with the way the world really works . . . and start creating customers. Next year's profits don't depend on next year's numbers but on next year's customers. "The" "Marketing Mavens" points the way to those customers, profits, and an increased stock price.
Noel Capon is Professor of Business at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He is the director for Columbia's executive training programs in Key Account Management, Sales Management, and Competitive Marketing Strategy. He also teaches and consults to major corporations throughout the world. With James M. Hulbert, he coauthored the recently published "Marketing Management in the 21st Century." Visit Professor Capon online at


" A fascinating book with a much-needed, different point of view: One I have personally held for a very long time. This is big picture marketing about companies whose entire orientation is ' to the market' . It' s about people at vibrant and successful companies who orient themselves to the outside world of consumers, customers and users. Everything marketing mavens think of and everything they do is in the context of the people who are actually buying the product and experiencing the brand. "The Marketing Mavens" is excellent. It' s the right book at the right time."
--Shelly Lazarus, chairman & CEO, Ogilvy & Mather


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ISBN 9780307394477
Language English
Publish Date 06/11/2007
Publisher Crown Business

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