Online Class: Marketing 101

In this course you will learn how marketers are able to satisfy consumer needs and wants, determine which markets the business can best serve, and decide which products and services can best serve these markets.

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Course Description

Unleashing the Power of Marketing: Your Comprehensive Guide to the World of Consumer Engagement

Have you ever looked at a product on a shelf and thought, "How did this get here?" Or watched a captivating advertisement and pondered, "Why does this resonate with me?" Behind every product launch, every compelling advertisement, and every digital campaign, there's a meticulously crafted strategy. Welcome to the universe of marketing, where art meets science, data merges with intuition, and businesses connect with their consumers in an ever-evolving dance of needs, desires, and values.

Why Choose This Course?

  1. Holistic Understanding: From the inception of a product idea to its journey on the global stage, immerse yourself in every facet of marketing.

  2. Strategize Like a Pro: Delve into the decision-making processes businesses employ to determine their advertising strategies and target audience.

  3. Diverse Modalities: Explore traditional, direct, online, and global marketing channels to equip yourself for a multifaceted marketing landscape.

  4. Build A Strong Foundation: Whether you're an aspiring marketer, a business owner, or simply a curious learner, this course offers a comprehensive curriculum tailored for all levels.

Course Highlights:

  • Marketing Philosophies Unraveled: Discover the various approaches and ideologies that have shaped marketing through the ages.

  • Creating Customer Value: Learn how top brands consistently engage and delight their customers, fostering loyalty and driving value.

  • Demystifying Market Segmentation: Unlock the art and science of identifying and targeting the perfect audience subset for optimal business results.

  • Product & Service Marketing Excellence: Grasp the nuances of showcasing tangible and intangible offerings in an ever-competitive market.

  • Retail and Supply Chain Insights: Understand the complexities of the retail environment and the logistical symphony of supply chain management.

  • Pricing, Promotion & Beyond: From setting the right price to creating buzzworthy promotions, get a grip on strategies that influence purchase decisions.

  • Digital Revolution: Dive deep into the world of online and direct marketing, the channels reshaping the consumer-business relationship.

  • Global Marketplace Mastery: Navigate the intricacies of marketing on a global scale, understanding cultural, logistical, and regulatory challenges.

  • Crafting a Winning Marketing Plan: Bring your learning full circle as you synthesize knowledge into actionable marketing blueprints.

Empower Your Marketing Journey

Marketing is not just a business function; it's the heartbeat of commerce, the bridge between businesses and consumers, and the force propelling products from concept to consumers' hands. Whether you're stepping into the business world, looking to elevate your existing skills, or just satiating your curiosity, our course promises a transformative journey into the mesmerizing realm of marketing.

Join us, and let's co-create your marketing success story!

Course Motivation

What Is Marketing? 

When you walk into a store, marketing is everywhere. For instance, when you walk into Target, you are surrounded by marketing -- from the positioning of the clothing and sale signs, to the candy, lip balm, and lighters you see when you check out. It's all positioned to capture your attention and spur you to buy. Usually, you don't even notice this, which is the intent of a good marketer.

Marketing is defined as the ability to match the wants and needs of the consumer with the ability of a company to match those needs. Marketing is the art of selling a product to the consumer.

Marketing Philosophies

There are different marketing philosophies, each with the same ultimate goal: to move a product. The philosophy a company chooses may depend on the type of product. A company that sells a service might have a different philosophy than a company that sells a product.

There are five main philosophies that are accepted industry wide. These are:

1.      Production

2.      Product

3.      Selling

4.      Marketing

5.      Societal Marketing

We are going to discuss each philosophy, along with its pros and cons.

Production Philosophy

This type of philosophy is very rare, and something every seller wishes they had. This philosophy states that increased demand will result in increased sales. As you can imagine, this doesn't work most of the time, unless you have a product that is incredibly hot and in demand.

For example, do you remember Tickle Me Elmo?

In 1996, Tyco Preschool released the Tickle Me Elmo doll. It was Elmo, from the PBS children's show, Sesame Street. The doll would let out Elmo's famous laugh when squeezed.

For whatever reason, the doll was a hit, and became the largest selling toy during the 1996 Christmas season. The doll retailed for $28.99, but often sold for over $1000 in the secondary market. Yes, over $1000 for a stuffed animal that laughs.

Tyco Toys saw the furor over the toy, and immediately ordered an additional 600,000 units. This lot also sold out, almost immediately. Tyco then ordered another 1,000,000 units, which again, sold out immediately.

This is an example of production philosophy. Again, this is a good problem to have, albeit an extremely rare one. All good things come to an end, and by the beginning of 1997, the fad was over.

Tyco went on to produce similar "Tickle Me" toys, but none met the furor that the original did. But, the production marketing for those two months was successful. It's also unexpected when it happens, and as a large seller of toys, Tyco was able to rush production on more toys. A smaller company might not be able to do that and therefore, not be able to benefit from the production philosophy.

The Product Philosophy

This philosophy centers on the product, and improving the product so that it sells better, or is more desirable to the consumer. 

Instead of giving you an example of good product philosophy, I am going to give you a bad example. 

Coca-Cola. It is as American as apple pie. Actually, it is more American than apple pie. Everyone knows Coke, and not just in America, but also worldwide. 

In 1985, the Coca-Cola Company changed the formula for their best selling soft drink. The company was losing market share to Pepsi, so their marketing department used the product philosophy to improve their product, which they believed would result in higher sales. 

As you know, this move was a major marketing fail. Consumers hated the new formula, and were very vocal about it. Coca-Cola received hundreds of thousands of phone calls and thousands of letters. All of them requesting the company return to the old formula. 

To make a long story short, Coca-Cola reintroduced the original cola as "Coca-Cola Classic" just a short three months after the unveiling of "New Coke." New Coke very quickly faded in everyone's memory, to the relief of Coca-Cola executives and marketers. 

It turned out that consumers didn't want or need any improvement to this product.  

Selling Philosophy


The selling philosophy centers on the marketing of a product that a consumer normally wouldn't buy. Can you think of the type of product that would use the selling philosophy?

Here are a few:

  • Door-to-door salesmen selling vacuums

  • Products sold on infomercials

  • Products sold at registers

  • Products sold in mall kiosks


Think about it. If you've ever dealt with a door-to-door salesman, you understand why this method often is a bad one. The salesman wants to make a sale, as that is his income. Because of this, he can be pushy, and in the worse cases, dishonest.

Some vacuum salesmen have been known to throw dirt on the carpet of a consumer as soon as they open the door. They believe that as soon as the consumer sees how well the vacuum works, they will be inspired to buy.

But this method often doesn't work. No one likes a pushy salesman, especially one that invades a consumer's home.

Successful examples of selling philosophy are some products sold on infomercials. Think back to the days of Ginsu knives. Everyone wanted the cool knives that could cut a can in half, and then delicately slice a tomato perfectly.

How about the Snuggie? Did you ever think you needed a blanket with arms? Did you ever imagine such a product existed? Did you ever sit and think that what the world was missing was a blanket with sleeves? Of course not. And that's because it is not something we need.

But the Snuggie sold, and it sold well. Over five million blankets were sold, and the product became famous for its kitschy and often silly commercials.

The parent company of the Snuggie, Allstar, used the selling philosophy to convince consumers that they needed a blanket with sleeves. It was a brilliant marketing strategy, and the philosophy used by most companies that use direct sales. However, for every Snuggie, there is an Eggstractor or a Potty Putter. Haven't heard of them? Of course not.

The Marketing Philosophy 

This philosophy is what one normally thinks of when they hear "marketing," and is the philosophy used by most sellers.

With marketing philosophy, a company uses market research to determine the needs of the consumer, and then uses that information to better sell their product.

Marketing philosophy is based on the fact that there is a market for the product the company is selling. Then, the company uses that information to develop a sales and marketing strategy.

Companies that use this philosophy use a three-pronged method. 

Step One – Determine customer needs and wants before the product is made.

Step Two – Use all company resources to focus on those needs.

Step Three – Meeting those needs will result in profit for the company.

For this philosophy let's use the example of women's makeup.

A makeup company would hire a market research firm to research the market and find out what is missing, or what can be made better. These firms also follow trends and stay on the lookout for new and improving products. They also keep in mind the demographic they are marketing for.

A market research firm would know that women, particularly in the 15-34 age group, are wearing the cat-eye eyeliner look. They would research eyeliners, and see if there is a market for an eyeliner that makes applying the cat-eye look easier.

The market research firm would then meet with the company's executives to relay their findings. The firm determines that, yes, there is a market.

At that point, the company would develop the product, and the marketing department would determine how best to bring the new product to market.

The marketing department would use several methods to get their product to consumers. Some of these methods are:

  • Advertising

  • Public Relations

  • Social Media

  • Sales Force 

Using these methods will get the product in front of consumers, with the message that the product is new and needed in the market. 

Societal Marketing

Societal marketing is similar to the marketing philosophy, except that it has an end goal of improving society in some way. Societal marketing is often focused on eco-products, or anything that deals with the environment.

As an example, let's use Tom's shoes. When each consumer buys a pair of Tom's, another pair of shoes is given to a person in need. In addition, some of the proceeds of the shoe sales are used for other things, such as clean water and eye care.

This type of marketing is often very successful, as generally speaking, people want to do good in the world. Often, the product isn't exactly what he consumer is looking for.

Again, let's use Tom's shoes as an example. The shoes are pretty basic, and more expensive than similar styles of shoes. It's a basic style that is very easy to produce. And yet, because of the societal marketing behind it, people rush to buy them.


Ethical marketing is an important part of the marketing process, and one that varies depending on who you ask. The term is very subjective, and what's ethical to one marketer may not be to another.

Generally speaking, ethical marketing has the goal of providing honesty and fairness in their marketing and advertising practices. It also promotes a level of social responsibility.

Ethical marketing is practiced by most large brands. For instance, think of Tide detergent. If Proctor and Gamble lied about the efficacy of the product, people would get angry, and stop buying the product.

In addition, Proctor and Gamble finds ways to improve their products to better serve a greater good. Tide products used to be packaged in large bottles that held a lot of product, much of it water. Knowing the consumers saw this as waste, the company condensed the product, and sold it in smaller bottles.

For Tide, not only was this an excellent example of ethics in marketing, it is an excellent example of the marketing philosophy. Proctor and Gamble used market research to listen to what their customers wanted, and what their concerns were. P&G listened to their customers, and in return, the customers bought the product.

Using ethical marketing is a way to prove a company is trustworthy.

Non-ethical marketing usually isn't very successful. However, it can be successful enough for companies to attempt it.

Take, for example, diet pills. Look at late night television, or the back pages of entertainment magazines. You will see ads for pills that promise almost impossible results.

Lose 30 pounds in one month!

Lose weight without exercise!

Lose weight while eating ice cream and cake!

You've seen them, and most people just dismiss them. However, there are enough people that buy these products for the company to make a profit.

Do the pills work?

Of course they don't. There is no way to lose weight while eating ice cream and cake. And the assertion is purely unethical. But, companies continue to use this method as a way to make quick sales. In some cases, these companies face civil lawsuits because their assertions and promises are pure fraud. But by then, the profit has been made and the company is off making their next unethical product.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: What Is Marketing?

Marketing is defined as the ability to match the wants and needs of the consumer with the ability of a company to match those needs. Marketing is the art of selling a product to the consumer. Additional lesson topics: Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits, and Crush Your Competition 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Creating and Capturing Customer Value

A company sells a product. So do a lot of other companies. How does the first company keep its customers coming back for more? Additional lesson topics: Product development; Customer-Oriented Marketing Strategy; Several Key Ways to Build Customer Relationships; This Is How You Come Up With Marketing Goals 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment B
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Analyzing Marketing Environment

When determining the best way to market a product, the marketing team must analyze the marketing environment. Additional lesson topics: Market Segmentation; What is Scenario Planning; Several Marketing Strategies to Influence Tomorrow's Customer 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Assess Marketing Information to Gain Customer Insights

In this lesson, you will learn how to use customer insights to improve relations with your existing customers, and to gain new customers. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment B
  • Assessment: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Consumer Markets, Consumer Buyer Behavior, and Decision Making

Marketing has one ultimate goal. That goal is to reach consumers and find a way to influence their buying decisions. Additional lesson topics: Characteristics of Consumer Markets; Families and Family Decision Making 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Business Markets and Business Buyer Behavior

The business market consists of companies that buy goods and services from one company in order to sell to others --usually consumers. Additional lesson topics: Business Markets and Business Buyers Behavior 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Segmentation and Product Marketing

Segmentation allows a marketer to direct his or her efforts to a particular segment, and product marketing is the how, when, and where of the process. Additional lesson topics: The Several Commandments of Product Marketing 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Managing a Product and Retailing

Managing the product is one of the most important aspects of the marketers job, and when their company makes new products, it is essential the marketer understands the product and the market it is intended for. Additional lesson topics: Understanding Retail; Several Big Trends Changing Retail Marketing Today 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Services Marketing, Marketing Channels, and Supply Chain Management

There are five main characteristics to a service, and they differentiate between a good and a service, and each are considerable when deciding to market a service. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Promotion, Advertising, and Public Relations

Promotion is a combination of all forms of communication to the customer, including advertising and public relations. Additional lesson topics: What Is Marketing Communication Strategy?; Differences Between Marketing Research and Marketing Strategy 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Selling and Pricing Strategy

Selling is a key part of the product life cycle, as is how to price a product. Both aspects are essential to the marketing strategy, and the successful marketer must have a firm understanding how both selling and pricing strategy affect their products and the market, as a whole. Additional lesson topics: 5 Effective Selling Strategies; Online marketing strategy; Pricing Strategies 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Direct and Online Marketing

Direct marketing is a form of advertising in which a marketer seeks to elicit a response directly from a consumer. The response could be an order, a visit to a website, or a call-to-action. Additional lesson topics: Direct marketing 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Creating a Competitive Advantage

A competitive advantage is gained by offering customers a greater value than a competitor does. Having an edge over a competitor results in higher sales and profits. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Global Marketplace

A global market is not defined as one geographic location, but allows the trade of goods and services anywhere in the world. Additional lesson topics: Cashing In On The Global Marketplace 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 14

Lesson 15: Creating a Marketing Plan

The marketer wants to understand the consumer insight, and meet those needs with the product and marketing plan. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this course?; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 15
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what marketing is.
  • Describe methods for creating and capturing customer value.
  • Describe techniques for analyzing the marketing environment.
  • Describe techniques for assessing marketing information to gain customer insights.
  • Describe consumer markets, consumer buyer behavior, and decision making.
  • Recognize business markets and business buyer behavior.
  • Describe segmentation and product marketing.
  • Describe managing a product and retailing.
  • Summarize services marketing, marketing channels, and supply chain management.
  • Describe promotion, advertising, and public relations.
  • Describe selling and pricing strategies.
  • Identify direct and online marketing.
  • Describe techniques to consider when creating a marketing plan.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Marketing 101
Course Number: 8900344
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (635 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: February 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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