Many people confuse ‘selling’ for ‘marketing’. They consider these two terms as one and the same. Marketing refers to a large set of activities of which selling is just one part. For example, a marketer of televisions, before making the sale, does a lot of other activities such as planning the type and model of televisions to be produced, the price at which it would be sold and selecting the distribution outlets at which the same would be available, etc. In short, marketing involves whole range of activities relating to planning, pricing, promoting and distributing the products that satisfy customer’s needs. The function of selling, on the other hand, is restricted to promotion of goods and services through salesmanship, advertising, publicity and short-term incentives so that title of the product is transferred from seller to buyer or in other words product is converted into cash.
The major differences between selling and marketing are listed as below:
Marketing is a total system of business activities designed to plan, price, promote and distribute want, satisfying goods and services to present and potential customers.
Difference between Selling and Marketing: