Major Factors Influencing Consumer Behavior
Consumers do not
make their decisions in a vacuum. Their purchases are highly influenced
by cultural social, personal, and psychological factors. For the most
part, they are non controllable by the marketer but must
be taken in to account. We want to examine the influence of each factor
on a buyers behavior.
In a diversified country like India cultural factors exert the broadest and deepest influence on consumer behavior; we will look at the role played by the buyers culture, subculture, and social class.
Culture: Culture is the most fundamental determinant of a persons wants and behavior. Whereas lower creatures are governed by instinct, human behavior is largely learned. The child growing up in a society leans a basic set of values, perceptions, preferences and behaviors through a process of socialization involving the family and other key institution .Thus a child growing up in America is exposed to the following values: Achievement and success, activity , efficiency and practicality, progress, material comfort, individualism, freedom, external comfort, humanitarianism, and youthfulness.
Each culture contain smaller group of subculture that provide more specific identification and socialization for its members. Four types of subculture can be distinguished .Nationality groups such as the Irish, polish, Italians, and Puerto Ricans are found with in large communities and exhibits distinct ethnic tastes and Jews represent subculture with specific culture preference and taboos.
Virtually all human societies exhibit social stratification. Stratification sometimes takes the form of a caste system where the member of different caste are reared for certain roles and cannot change their caste membership .More frequently, stratification takes the form of social classes .
Social Classes have several characteristics. First, Person with in each social class tend to behave more alike than persons from two different social classes. Second, persons are perceived as occupying inferior or superior positions according to their social class. Third, a persons social class is indicated by a number of variables, such as occupation, income, wealth, education , and value orientation, rather than by any single variable , fourth, individuals are able to move from one social class to another up or down during their lifetime. The Extent of this mobility varies according to the rigidity of social stratification a given society.
A consumers behavior is also influenced by social factors, such as the consumers reference group, family, and social roles and statuses.
Reference Group : A persons behavior is strongly influenced by many group .A persons reference group are those groups that have a direct (face to face) or indirect influence on the persons attitudes or behavior. Group having a direct influence on a person are called membership group. These are group to which the person belongs and interacts. Some are primary groups. With which there is fairly continuous interaction, such as family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Primary group tend to be informal. The person also belong to secondary group, which tend to be more formal and where there is less continuous interaction: they include religious organizations, professional associations, and trade unions.
Members of the buyers family can exercise a strong influence on the buyers behavior. we can distinguish between two families in the buyers life . The family of orientation consists of ones parents. From parents a persons acquires an orientation towards religious, politics, and economics and a sense of personal ambitions, self worth, and love. Even if the buyer no longer interacts very much with his or her parents, the parents influence on the unconscious behavior of the buyer can be significant. In countries where parents continue to live with their children, their influence can be substantial.
In case of expensive products and services, husband and wives engage in more joint decision making. The market needs to determine which member normally has the greater influence in the purchase of a particular products or services. either the husband or the wife , or they have equal influence . The following products and services fall under such:
life insurance, automobiles, television
How to succeed:
This also means
that customers are open to new and different products from time to time.
Its just that they want the product to be flexible and adaptable
to their needs and preferences. People are changing from time to time,
so do their tastes and preferences. Identifying those is the first step
towards achieving success and the rest depends on the performance of
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