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2.3: Understanding customer behaviour

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  • The study of consumer behaviour draws on many different disciplines, from psychology and economics to anthropology, sociology and marketing. Understanding why people make the decisions they do forms part of a complex ongoing investigation.

    Marketing and product design efforts are increasingly focusing on a customercentric view. Rather than making people want stuff, successful organisations are focused on making stuff people want. Given the plethora of options, product or service attributes, pricing options and payment choices available to the connected consumer today, competition is fierce, and only the considered brand will succeed. Understanding the consumers’ behaviour lies at the heart of offering them value.

    Consider that no point of engagement with your brand occurs in isolation for your customer. Their life events, social pressures and motivations impact on their experience with your brand. Something happened before and after they bought that box of cereal, and their experience with it does not start or end at the point of sale.

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