Marketing Places by Philip Kotler

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Today's headlines report cities going bankrupt, states running large deficits, and nations stuck in high debt and stagnation. Philip Kotler, Donald Haider, and Irving Rein argue that thousands of "places" -- cities, states, and nations -- are in crisis, and can no longer rely on national industrial policies, such as federal matching funds, as a promise of jobs and protection. When trouble strikes, places resort to various palliatives such as chasing grants from state or federal sources, bidding for smokestack industries, or building convention centers and exotic attractions. The authors show instead that places must, like any market-driven business, become attractive "products" by improving their industrial base and communicating their special qualities more effectively to their target markets.

From studies of cities and nations throughout the world, Kotler, Haider, and Rein offer a systematic analysis of why so many places have fallen on hard times, and make recommendations on what can be done to revitalize a place's economy. They show how "place wars" -- battles for Japanese factories, government projects, Olympic Games, baseball team franchises, convention business, and other economic prizes -- are often misguided and end in wasted money and effort. The hidden key to vigorous economic development, the authors argue, is strategic marketing of places by rebuilding infrastructure, creating a skilled labor force, stimulating local business entrepreneurship and expansion, developing strong public/private partnerships, identifying and attracting "place compatible" companies and industries, creating distinctive local attractions, building a service-friendly culture, and promoting these advantages effectively.

Strategic marketing of places requires a deep understanding of how "place buyers" -- tourists, new residents, factories, corporate headquarters, investors -- make their place decisions. With this understanding, "place sellers" -- economic development agencies, tourist promotion agencies, mayor's offices -- can take the necessary steps to compete aggressively for place buyers. This straightforward guide for effectively marketing places will be the framework for economic development in the 1990s and beyond.

About Philip Kotler

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PHILIP KOTLER is one of the world's leading authorities on marketing, and his writing has defined marketing around the world for the past forty years. He is the S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.DAVID HESSEKIEL is President of the Cause Marketing Forum. Executives around the world turn for news, research and case studies and to access CMF's programs and publications. A Forbes, MediaPost and Huffington Post blogger, Hessekiel is a frequently quoted industry analyst and regularly speaks about cause marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility to business and NGO audiences.NANCY R. LEE is President of Social Marketing Services, Inc., an adjunct faculty at the University of Washington, has consulted with more than 100 nonprofit organizations, and has participated in the development of more than 50 social marketing campaign strategies for public sector agencies. This is the ninth book she has coauthored with Philip Kotler.
Published January 15, 2002 by Free Press. 400 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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