Unit 3 Course Materials

We’ve made it to Unit 3: The Marketing Environment this week, where we will learn about how an organization must adapt its marketing plan to the elements in the external environment. Think of the things organizations have had to alter about their operations and how they market their products and services to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic! 

External forces, or circumstances outside of an organization’s control continually mold and reshape the target market which consumes products and services. Because of these changes, marketers have to be quick-thinking and strategic to not lose market share, and must always be able to showcase an organization in the best light. We’ll learn about and discuss the marketing environment for this week’s assignment.

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate how marketing strategies align with corporate strategies
  • Explain the inputs and components of a marketing strategy
  • Show how common analytic tools are used to inform the organization’s strategy
  • Give examples of corporate strategies
  • Explain how the development and maintenance of customer relationships are an essential part of an organization’s marketing strategy

In order to successfully complete this unit, you’ll need to do the following:

1. Read this Open Educational Resource (free to access): Module 4: Marketing Strategy1
Please note: you do not need to complete the activities listed in this resource.

2. Watch this explanation of SWOT analyses from 365 Careers (also embedded below). Here’s an example of a SWOT analysis for a brand we reference frequently in class: Starbucks.

3. Watch this lecture on The Marketing Function.

As always, if you need more information, you can ask me a question. For information on due dates, check our Course Schedule.


Why It Matters: Marketing Strategy. Provided by: Lumen Learning. LicenseCC BY: Attribution

2365 Careers on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR9eICQJLXA