Social Marketing Concept

Question - Define social marketing? Describe the concept of social marketing, and explain social marketing mix.

Definition of Social Marketing
According to Philip Kotler - Social Marketing is "the design, implementation, and control of programs seeking to increase the acceptability of  a social idea or practise in a target group"

According to W. Smith, Academy for Educational Development - "Social Marketing is a process for influencing human behaviour on a large scale, using marketing principles for the purpose of societal benefit rather than commercial profit."

Social marketing is based on tools and techniques of commercial marketing, it uses principles of commercial marketing for the purpose of societal benefit. In social marketing, advertising campaigns are designed, implemented, and controlled by using the principles of commercial marketing. The key features of social marketing are taken directly from commercial marketing, but the purpose of social marketing differs form the purpose of commercial marketing. The purpose of commercial marketing is to increase sales and revenue, but it is not so in the case of social marketing.

The purpose of social marketing is societal benefit rather than commercial profit. Its purpose is to bring about positive health and social change. Its ultimate outcome is behavioural change rather than increased sales. 

Social advertising campaigns are advertising tools that attempt to influence attitude and behaviour related to social cause. For example, social advertising campaigns have been used to influence behaviour related to energy conservation, pollution, tobacco prevention, family planning, breast cancer screening, and etc.  

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