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Successful Marketing Training Course

Boost your knowledge of marketing best practice and key ground rules to build yourself a solid foundation in marketing principles with this eight module on-line course with each module requiring between 3 to 4 hours study to be completed in your own time

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Course overview

Marketing’s no mystery and a lot of nonsense has been talked about it by people who think they know all about it. If, on the other hand, you want to build yourself a solid foundation of knowledge, principles and technique, Falconbury’s 6 module on-line course is ideal for you.

With this on-line course you will learn all about the basic principles of marketing from experts with over 25 years’ experience of consulting and successful marketing in practice. This will enable you to put the building blocks in place one-by-one: understanding customers’ needs and differentiating between markets, supply and demand, different pricing techniques and routes to market.

And once you’ve got that in place, marketing planning and budgeting will all make much more sense. You’ll be ready and fit to make a real input.

How does this on-line programme work and what do you get?

  • Course access from anywhere through your own personal login and administration suite
  • Keep track of your progress as you go
  • Easy to use note taking and bookmarking facility to return to areas of interest and re-study
  • Individual modules or the full course can be downloaded as PDF files to print or file as you decided
  • At your convenience: at your desk, from your tablet or from your home computer
  • An optional on-line multiple choice assessment at the end of the course for you to ensure you are satisfied with the completion of your training

This distance learning course will:

  • Detail the fundamentals of marketing, including strategic focus, product life cycle, the law of supply and demand and understanding customers needs
  • Explain how to create, budget, action, and control and measure an effective marketing plan
  • Provide all you need to know to plan and executive a direct mail promotion from building your lists to choosing your mailing house
  • Boost your copyrighting and sales letters with some great tips and techniques from the experts

Who should enrol

  • Marketing assistants
  • Executives in other areas who want to understand the essentials
  • PA’s to the marketing director
  • Aspiring marketeers everywhere

Structured to fit into your working day

The course is designed to fit around your current commitments with each module requiring an average study time of 3-4 hours. Course content can be studied on-line via our unique Learning Management System or sent to you in hard copy format anywhere in the world. This offers the flexibility of studying at work, at home or on the move, while having access to confidential help and support from our experts.

On-line final assessment

The course has an optional on-line multiple choice assessment at the end, with a certificate on successful completion.

Course contents

Successful Marketing
MODULE 1 - The Core Marketing Concepts and Rules
Effectiveness is more important than efficiency
The law of supply and demand
How marketing works
MODULE 2 - Segmentation, Product Positioning and Pricing
Introducing the new marketing mix: the marketing tools (the four or five P’s)
The marketing mix – the ‘product’
The marketing mix – marketing pricing
MODULE 3 - The Route to Market – Distribution, Marketing Promotion and Communication
The marketing mix – distribution
The marketing mix – marketing communications and promotion (marcomms)
Appendix: Workbook – Planning a campaign
MODULE 4 - The Marketing Plan
The marketing plan
The marketing audit – deriving foundations for a marketing strategy
MODULE 5 - Market and Marketing Research
MODULE 6 - What is Customer Relationship Management?
Customer relationship management demystified
Why do customers defect?
Customer focused selling and marketing skills
The ten keys to outstanding customer service
MODULE 7 - Out of the Box Marketing
Joint marketing
Winning with e-commerce
Choosing appropriate advertising media
Direct mail promotions
Choosing and using a mailing house
Writing a sales letter
Using point of sale materials
MODULE 8 - Gurus on Marketing
Peter Drucker
Theodore Levitt
Michael Porter
Philip Kotler
Tom Peters

Course modules


Effectiveness is more important than efficiency
** Creating a strategic focus
** Introduction to the product life cycle
** Strategic focus and the product life cycle
** The effectiveness/efficiency grid

The law of supply and demand
** The basic link in the chain
** The core principles of supply and demand
** The marketing concept introduced

How marketing works
** Grouping your customers
** Understanding your customer’s needs
** The competitive differential advantage
** How to develop competitive advantage


Segmentation and positioning strategy
** The role of segmentation
** Positioning strategies
** Segmentation strategy approaches

The product
** What ‘products’ are
** The total product concept

Marketing pricing
** Internal accounting based pricing
** The product life cycle and price
** ‘Value based’ pricing
** Useful marketing pricing strategies


The route to market
** The environmental and structural dimensions
** Functions of the ‘route to market’
** The use of intermediaries: advantages and disadvantages
** Managing the distribution channel
** Power in the chain – its nature, how it is gained and how and when it is exercised

Marketing promotion and communications
** Understanding marketing communications
** Public relations and editorial publicity (PR & EP)
** The role of advertising and promotion
** The campaign design process
** The campaign – the target group, mode and class, media choices, message and creative strategy
** Creative execution and testing


The Marketing plan
** The plan as a working document
** The plan’s main headings
** The marketing audit
** The marketing programme
** The control mechanisms
** Building the budget

The marketing audit
** The shock of change – PEST analysis
** Technological innovation
** The structure of society – demographics and the changing attitudes of society
** The format for recording the macro analysis
** Identifying the competition
** Analysing the sales and marketing competency

Marketing assets and liabilities
** Customer, distribution and internal based


  • The difference between market research and marketing research
  • Secondary data via desk research
  • Primary information via field research
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Market and customer information systems
  • The MIS/CIS tools
  • Market/ing research (critical issues)
  • The research budget, brief and proposal


Customer relationship marketing demystified
** The four steps to relationship management
** The business case

Why do customers defect?
** Complacency, not competition kills customers
** The service economy

Customer focused selling and marketing skills
** The three principles of customer focused selling
** The customers buying steps
** Customer focused prospecting

The objection handling process
** Exploring needs
** Understanding the buying criteria and the customers buying process

The ten keys of outstanding customer service


Joint venture marketing
** Joint ventures and strategic alliances in marketing
** What can they offer us and what can we offer them

Winning with e-commerce
** How to get visitors to stay and return again
** How your web site should function for the customer

Choosing appropriate advertising media
** How to research your media
** What are your selection criteria
** The advantages and disadvantages of different types of media
** How to evaluate each

Direct mail promotions
** Planning a direct mail campaign
** Building up your mailing list
** Creating and assessing your mailing materials
** How to evaluate the success of the campaign

Choosing and using a mailing house
** How to create a mailing house brief
** Selecting a mailing house
** Mailing house services

Writing winning sales letters
** The different types of sales letters
** Contents and presentation

Using point of sale materials
** Why provide PoS materials?
** Developing PoS material


Peter Drucker
** Where does Peter Drucker come in?
** The customer as decision-maker

Theodore Levitt
** Marketing myopia
** Production life cycle
** Differentiation
** The globalisation of markets

Michael Porter
** Porter’s five forces and marketing
** Porter’s value chain and marketing
** Porter’s generic strategies
** Differentiation and segmentation

Phillip Kotler
** Kotler on marketing management
** Analysing the market environment
** Developing, testing and launching new products and services
** Kotler’s perspective on strategic marketing

Tom Peters
** Close to the customer
** Service and quality obsession
** Nichemanship
** Listening to the customers
** Peters’ on marketing and marketing issues

Course contributors

Ian Ruskin-Brown is a highly experienced marketing consultant and trainer. For 14 years he was Course Director for the Chartered Institute of Marketing on their courses for marketing in the service sector. He designed, wrote and piloted the incompany training courses on marketing and selling consultancy services for the IBM Marketing University, ICL Training and Kodak Health Imaging. He currently runs the ‘Marketing your Services’ course for Management Centre Europe, part of the American Marketing Association and consults to companies all over the world.

David Abingdon is CEO of The Quantum Organization, a worldwide consulting group, which advises smaller companies on how to grow their businesses in record time. His strategies and advice have helped scores of companies to grow profitably as well as enabling him to build several highly profitable businesses of his own.

Sultan Kermally holds degrees in economics, sociology and law and diplomas in finance and accounting, marketing and education. He is a learning facilitator and management writer.

Graham Robert-Phelps is an international trainer and consultant, specialising in sales management. He shares his ideas and insights with thousands of people and organisations every year in all parts of the world. With an extensive background in management and business development, Graham works with organisations of many different types and sizes.

David Irwin is a social entrepreneur and a consultant in enterprise and economic development. In 1980, he co-founded Project North East (PNE), one of the UK’s leading enterprise and economic development agencies, and was its chief executive for 20 years. In early 2000, he was appointed as founder Chief Executive of the Small Business Service, an executive agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, responsible for all of the Government’s small business support programmes and with a role as a strong voice for small business at the heart of government. Now he supports organisations who wish to develop initiatives intended to provide support to new and growing businesses such as incubator workspace and finance. He also provides policy advice to governments and private sector organisations including on regulatory reform and the enabling environment. He is non executive Chairman of Cobweb Information Ltd, a business which researches, publishes and markets business information. He is a trustee of Sunderland Youth Enterprise Trust and a director of the Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

Certificate of excellence

Participants are invited to undertake a final assessment in the form of an online multiple-choice paper. A pass rate of 80% and above is required to ensure that a high level of competency has been achieved within the subject area, where upon you will receive a ‘Certificate of Excellence’.

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Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • Certificate

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