- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Unit overview
- 2 Understanding the nature of social marketing
- 3 Understanding consumer behaviour
- 4 Stakeholders and target markets
- 5 The role of communications and branding in social marketing programmes
- 6 Unit questions
- 7 Conclusion
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Never before have social issues been more at the centre of public and private debate....
Never before have social issues been more at the centre of public and private debate. From concerns about sustainability and the future of the planet to the introduction of smoking bans, there is a growing recognition that social marketing has a role to play in achieving a wide range of social goals.
By the end of this unit you should be able to:
- describe and explain the meaning and nature of social marketing;
- analyse social marketing problems and suggest ways of solving these;
- recognise the range of stakeholders involved in social marketing programmes and their role as target markets;
- assess the role of branding, social advertising and other communications in achieving behavioural change.
This OpenLearn unit examines the nature of social marketing and how the adoption of marketing concepts, frameworks and techniques developed for commercial marketers can be applied to the solution of social problems. Primarily, social marketing aims to effect behavioural change in the pursuit of social goals and objectives, as opposed to financial or other objectives.
This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course
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