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Strategic Social Marketing

Strategic Social Marketing

© 2015 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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'For anyone interested in great social marketing practice in the 21st century, and how it needs to adapt as our understanding of behaviour change evolves, this publication is chock full of good practice and smart strategy.’ 
Dan Metcalfe, Deputy Director - Marketing, Public Health England, UK

Strategic Social Marketing
takes a systemic approach to explaining and illustrating the added value of applying marketing to solve social problems. The authors present social marketing principles in a strategic, critical and reflexive way to help engender social good via the effectiveness and efficiency of social programmes in areas such as Health, Environment, Governance and Public Policy. In illustrating how it can be applied, the text places Strategic Social Marketing in a global context, giving examples and case studies from around the world.

Set into a clear structure it:

  • Takes you through an exploration of why marketing should be an integral component of all social programme design and delivery when looking to achieve social good
  • Moves on to the nature and application of social marketing, rethinking traditional concepts such as
     ‘value’ and ‘exchange’ in the social context
  • Lays out the ‘how to’ so you can create fully realised strategy, plans, frameworks and tactics to influence behaviours.

Visit the Strategic Social Marketing Companion Website - Featuring free resources for marketing students and lecturers.

Section A: Why?
Chapter 1: The importance of social marketing for social policy
Chapter 2: The nature of social marketing
Chapter 3: Marketing social good
Section B: What?
Chapter 4: The social marketing mix
Chapter 5: Strategic social marketing
Chapter 6: Creating value through social marketing
Section C: How?
Chapter 7: Systems thinking and social marketing
Chapter 8: Using theory in social marketing
Chapter 9: Research approaches in social marketing
Chapter 10: Research methods in social marketing
Chapter 11: Social marketing and social programme design
Chapter 12: Planning social marketing interventions
Chapter 13: Embedding social marketing within social programmes
Chapter 14: Critical social marketing


Companion Website

Strategic Social Marketing
by Jeff French and Ross Gordon is accompanied by a free companion website.  This website gives you access to a wealth of teaching and learning resources.

For students
A range of useful documents to help you become more strategic social marketers including:

  • Evaluation guides
  • Checklist
  • 30 things we know about how to influence behaviour
  • SAGE Marketing Pinterest boards, featuring useful templates, up to date news, and more.

For lecturers

  • PowerPoint slides featuring key concepts and figure and tables from the book which can be downloaded and used in presentations
  • Images from the books images idea for inserting into your own lecture slides.

For anyone interested in great social marketing practice in the 21st century, and how it needs to adapt as our understanding of behaviour change evolves, this publication is chock full of good practice and smart strategy.

Dan Metcalfe
Deputy Director - Marketing, Public Health England, UK

The fields of behaviour change are at a crossroads. Do we continue to work in silos or do we start to work together? Social marketing is also at a crossroads: do we stick to the old paradigms or do we embrace new ways of thinking? As someone who is sometimes frustrated by the conservatism that can dominate social marketing thinking, I found this book refreshing. In my opinion French and Gordon really get to grips with these questions – and provide some answers. They do this by embracing the idea that social marketing can work in new ways, and they are not afraid to take on some marketing ‘sacred cows’ along the way. If you want your assumptions questioned – read this book.

Alan Tapp
Professor of Marketing, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK

It forces us all, social marketers, to think broad (in terms of systems), to think big and deep, to be ambitious and systematic. Here are some adjectives that I associate with your book: Insightful, visionary, provocative, relevant, useful, unique, different (added-value).  The book puts words and further structure to my own evolution as a practitioner and trainer… I really think your book is a major milestone in the evolution of social marketing.

François Lagarde
Vice-président, Communications, Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon

Strategic Social Marketing by Jeff French and Ross Gordon provides a well-rounded view of social marketing that will broaden each reader’s understanding of the concept. In a refreshing take on social marketing, they focus on strategic social marketing, which is defined as: ‘‘The systemic, critical and reflexive application of social marketing principals to enhance social policy selection, objective setting, planning and operational delivery’’ (p. 45). Taking a more macro view, this is different from other books on social marketing that focus on individual level behavior change almost exclusively.

Overall, this book is a phenomenal depository of postmodern thinking on social marketing. It has a refreshing viewpoint on social marketing and is sure to become the core reader for those interested in the broader macro-level issues with social marketing.

Ann-Marie Kennedy, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Journal of Macromarketing

Strategic Social Marketing is a great read. It offers social marketing principles in a strategicas well a critical way to help engender social good in a wide range of sectors, including health, environment, and government. The book should appeal to all readers —the practitioner, who might be looking for the right tools in his or her profession; the casual reader looking for insights to solutions for addressing evolving behavior change; and most importantly, the student seeking to gain the most up-to-date knowledge of the field in the twenty-first century. None of them will be disappointed.

Abhijit Roy, Professor of Marketing, University of Scranton
Journal of International Consumer Marketing

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