Let us look at some of the components of IMC
1. The Foundation
As the name suggests, foundation stage involves detailed analysis of both the product as well as target market. It is essential for marketers to understand the brand, its offerings and end-users. You need to know the needs, attitudes and expectations of the target customers. Keep a close watch on competitor’s activities.
2. The Corporate Culture
The features of products and services ought to be in line with the work culture of the organization. Every organization has a vision and it’s important for the marketers to keep in mind the same before designing products and services. Let us understand it with the help of an example.
Organization A‘s vision is to promote green and clean world. Naturally its products need to be ecofriendly and biodegradable, in lines with the vision of the organization.
3. Brand Focus
Brand Focus represents the corporate identity of the brand.
4. Consumer Experience
Marketers need to focus on consumer experience which refers to what the customers feel about the product. A consumer is likely to pick up a product which has good packaging and looks attractive. Products need to meet and exceed customer expectations.
5. Communication Tools
Communication tools include various modes of promoting a particular brand such as advertising, direct selling, promoting through social media such as facebook, twitter, orkut and so on.
6. Promotional Tools
7. Integration Tools
Organizations need to keep a regular track on customer feedbacks and reviews. You need to have specific software like customer relationship management (CRM) which helps in measuring the effectiveness of various integrated marketing communications tools.