Making the twain meet: applying marketing principles to local government activities

Gardiner, Michael and Brown, Les (1999) Making the twain meet: applying marketing principles to local government activities. In: ANZMAC 1999: Marketing in the Third Millennium , 28 Nov - 1 Dec 1999, Sydney, Australia.

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This paper presents a local government marketing model developed from marketing principles. Although local government has met the general needs of corporatisation by
downsizing, changing accounting practices, and adopting new human resource planning procedures, it has had difficulties in adopting marketing principles. Unlike private sector
organisations, local government management has to comply to National Competition Policy guidelines, as well as delivering services in an environment where the public is increasingly seeking accountability and perceived value from their representatives. In addressing this need, the model developed in this research recognises the importance of the customer – citizen continuum as a means of coping with the psychic distance between the electors and the
elected in adapting marketing principles to local government activities. Local government marketing is seen here as being different from that which might apply to other levels of government (state and federal) because of the relative closeness between local government
operations and the public. Therefore accountability and service to the community and other stakeholders are seen as paramount and any strategic marketing approach must cater for constituents’ needs. Most marketing literature recognises this need but fails to provide a holistic approach, as is required in this instance, instead tending to use piecemeal applications.
This paper therefore, presents a local government marketing application model, which encompasses the issues raised above. This model was developed from the literature and then
subjectively tested using a case study approach.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Marketing and Tourism
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2011 12:17
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: local government; government marketing; marketing principles
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1505 Marketing > 150506 Marketing Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis

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