Factors Affecting Global Marketing Integration

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Factors Affecting Global Marketing Integration

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Global Integration Driving Forces Technology Culture Market Needs Cost Free Markets Economic Integration Peace Management Vision Strategic Intent Global Strategy & Action Restraining Forces Culture Market Differences Costs National Controls Nationalism War Management Myopia Organization History Domestic Focus Driving and Restraining Forces Affecting Global Integration

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Today, the growing importance of global marketing stems from the fact that driving forces have more momentum than the restraining forces The forces affecting global integration are shown in (Figure).

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Driving Forces Converging market needs and wants, technology advances, pressure to cut costs, pressure to improve quality, improvements in communication and transportation technology, global economic growth, and opportunities for leverage all represent important driving forces; any industry subject to these forces is a candidate globalization.

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Technology Technology is a universal factor that crosses national and cultural boundaries Technology is truly “stateless”; there are no cultural boundaries limiting its application Once a technology is developed, it soon becomes available everywhere in the world This phenomenon supports Levitt’s prediction concerning the emergence of global markets for standardized products In his landmark Harvard Business Review article, Levitt anticipated the communication revolution that has, in fact, become a driving force behind global marketing

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Satellite dishes, globe-spanning television networks, such as CNN and MTV, and the Internet are just a few of the technological factors underlying the emergence of a true global village In regional markets, such as Europe, the increasing overlap of advertising across national boundaries and the mobility of consumers have created opportunities for marketers to pursue pan- European product positioning.

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Regional Economic Agreements A number of multilateral trade agreements have accelerated the pace of global integration NAFTA is already expanding trade among the United States, Canada, and Mexico The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which was ratified by more than 120 nations in 1994, has been replaced by the World Trade Organization to promote and protect free trade, but it has come under attack by developing countries In Europe, the expanding membership of the European Union is lowering barriers to trade within the region.

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Market Needs & Wants A person studying markets around the world will discover cultural universals as well as cultural differences The common elements in human nature provide an underlying basis for the opportunity to create and serve global markets The word create is deliberate Most global markets do not exist in nature: They must be marketing effort For example, no one needs soft drinks, and yet today in some countries per capita soft-drink consumption exceeds the consumption of water

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Marketing has driven this change in behaviour, and today the soft-drink industry is a truly global one Evidence is mounting that consumer needs and wants around the world are converging today as never before This creates an opportunity for global marketing Multinational companies pursuing strategies of product adaptation run the risk of being overtaken by global competitors that have recognized opportunities to serve global customers Marlboro is an example of a successful global brand Targeted at urban smokers around the world, the brand appeals to the spirit of freedom, independence, and open space symbolized by

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the image of the cowboy in beautiful, open western settings The need addressed by Marlboro is universal, and, therefore, the basic appeal and execution of its advertising and positioning are global Philip Morris, which markets Marlboro, is a global company that discovered years ago how the same basic market need can be met with a global approach.

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Transportation & Communication Improvements The time and cost barriers associated with distance have fallen tremendously over the past 100 years The jet airplane revolutionized communication by making it possible for people to travel around the world in less than 48 hours Tourism enables people from many countries to see and experience the newest products being sold abroad One essential characteristic of the effective global business is face-to-face communication among employees and between the company and its customers

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Without modern jet travel, such communication would be difficult to sustain In the 1990s, new communication technologies such as e-mail, fax, and teleconferencing and videoconferencing allowed managers, executives, and customers to link up electronically from virtually any part of the world for a fraction of the cost of air travel A similar revolution has occurred in transportation technology Physical distribution has declined in terms of cost; the time required for shipment has been greatly reduced as well A letter from China to New York is now delivered in eight days – faster than domestic mail is delivered within many countries

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The per-unit cost of shipping automobiles from Japan and Korea to the United States by specially designed auto-transport ships is less than the cost of overland shipping from Detroit to either U.S. Coast.

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Product Development Costs The pressure for globalization is intense when new products require major investments and long periods of development time The pharmaceutical industry provides a striking illustration of this driving force According to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PMA), the cost of developing a new drug in 1976 was $ 54 million; by 1982, the cost had increased to $ 87 million By 1993, the cost of developing a new drug had reached $ 359 million

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Such costs must be recovered in the global marketplace, as no single national market is likely to be large enough to support investments of this size As noted earlier, global marketing does not necessarily mean operating everywhere; in the $ 200 billion pharmaceutical industry, for example, seven countries account for 75% of sales .

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Quality Global marketing strategies can generate greater revenue and greater operating margins, which, in turn, support design and manufacturing quality A global and a domestic company may each spend 5% of sales on research and development, but the global company may have many times the total revenue of the domestic because it serves the world market It is easy to understand how Nissan, Matsushita, Caterpillar, and other global companies can achieve world-class quality Global companies “raise the bar” for all competitors in an industry

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When a global company establishes a benchmark in quality, competitors must quickly make their own improvements and come up to par Global competition has forced all companies to improve quality For truly global products, uniformity can drive down research, engineering, design, and production costs across business functions.

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World Economic Trends There are three reasons why economic growth has been a driving force in the expansion of the international economy and the growth of global marketing First, growth has created market opportunities that provide a major incentive for companies to expand globally At the same time, slow growth in a company’s domestic market can signal the need to look abroad for opportunities in nations or regions with high rates of growth Secondly, economic growth has reduced resistance that might otherwise have developed in response to the entry of foreign firms into domestic economies

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When a country is growing rapidly, policy makers are likely to look favorably on outsiders A growing country means growing markets; there is often plenty of opportunity for everyone It is possible for a “foreign” company to enter a domestic economy and to establish itself without taking business away from local firms Without economic growth, global enterprises may take business away from domestic ones Domestic businesses are more likely to seek governmental intervention to protect their local position if markets are not growing Predictably, the worldwide recession of the early 1990s created pressure in most countries to limit access by foreigners to domestic markets

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The worldwide movement towards deregulation and privatization is another driving force The trend towards privatization is opening up formerly closed markets significantly; tremendous opportunities are being created as a result For example, when a nation’s telephone company is a state monopoly, it is much easier to require it to buy only from national companies An independent, private company will be more inclined to look for the best offer, regardless of the nationality of the supplier Privatization of telephone systems around the world is creating opportunities and threats for every company in the industry.

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Leverage A global company possesses the unique opportunity to develop leverage Leverage is simply some type of advantage that a company enjoys by virtue of the fact that it conducts business in more than one country Four important types of leverage are experience transfers, scale economies, resource utilization, and global strategy.

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Experience Transfers A global company can leverage its experience in any market in the world It can draw on management practices, strategies, products, advertising appeals, or sales or promotional ideas that have been tested in actual markets and apply them in other comparable markets

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Scale Economies The global company can take advantage of its greater manufacturing volume to obtain traditional scale advantages within a single factory Also, finished products can be produced by combining components manufactured in scale-efficient plants in different countries

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Resource Utilization A major strength of the global company is its ability to scan the entire world to identify people, money, and raw materials that will enable it to compete most effectively in world markets.

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Global Strategy The global company’s greatest single advantage can be its global strategy A global strategy is built on an information system that scans the world business environment to identify opportunities, trends, threats, and resources When opportunities are identified, the global company adheres to the three principles identified earlier: it leverages its skills and focuses its resources to create superior perceived value for customers and achieve competitive advantage The global strategy is a design to create a winning offering on a global scale This takes great discipline, much creativity, and constant effort The reward is not just success – it is survival.

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The Global/ Transational Corporation The global/ transational corporation, or any business enterprise that pursues global business objectives by linking world resources to world market opportunity, is the organization that has responded to the driving, restraining, and underlying forces in the world Within the international financial framework and under the umbrella of global peace, the global corporation has taken advantage of the expanding communications technologies to pursue market opportunities and serve needs and wants on a global scale

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The global enterprise has both responded to market opportunity and competitive threat by going global and at the same has been one of the forces driving the world towards greater globalization.

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Restraining Forces Despite the impact of the driving forces identified earlier, several restraining forces may slow a company’s efforts to engage in global marketing Three important restraining forces are:- 1. management myopia, 2. organizational culture, and, 3. national controls As we have noted, however, in today’s world the driving forces predominate over the restraining forces That is why the importance of global marketing is steadily growing.

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Management Myopia and organizational culture In many cases, management simply ignores opportunities to pursue global marketing A company that is “nearsighted” and ethnocentric will not expand geographically Myopia is also a recipe for market disaster if headquarters attempts to dictate when it should listen Global marketing does not work without a strong local team that can provide information about local market conditions

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In companies in which subsidiary management “knows it all,” there is no room for vision from the top In companies in which headquarters management is all-knowing, there is no room for local initiative or an in-depth knowledge of local needs and conditions Executives and managers at successful global companies have learned how to integrate global vision and perspective with local market initiative and input A striking theme emerged during interviews conducted by the author with executives of successful global companies

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That theme was the respect for local initiative and input by headquarters executives, and the corresponding respect for headquarters’ vision by local executives.

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National Controls and Barriers Every country protects local enterprise and interests by maintaining control over market access and entry in both low-and-high-tech industries and advertising Such control ranges from a monopoly controlling access to tobacco markets to national government control of broadcast, equipment, and data transmission markets Today, tariff barriers have been largely removed in the high-income countries, thanks to the World Trade Organization (WTO), NAFTA, and other economic agreements

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However, non-tariff barriers (NTBs) still make it more difficult for outside companies to succeed in foreign markets The only way global companies can overcome these barriers is to become “insiders” in every country in which they do business For example, utility companies in France are notorious for accepting bids from foreign equipment suppliers but, in the end, favouring national suppliers when awarding contracts When a global company, such as ABB acquires or establishes a subsidiary in France, it can receive the same treatment as other local companies It becomes an “insider”

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Global advertising and promotion are also hampered by government regulations It is illegal in some countries to use comparative advertising In some countries, such as Germany, premiums and sweepstakes are illegal Also working against global advertising is the use of different technical standards around the world Videotape players in the Americas and Japan use the NTSC standard, whereas in Europe (except for France, which uses SECAM), the PAL system is used.

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