Unit of competency details

BSBMKG502B - Establish and adjust the marketing mix (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBMKG502 - Establish and adjust the marketing mixUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Mar/2009

Training packages that include this unit

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PSP12 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
SIS10 - Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training PackageSport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package 1.2-3.1 
CPP07 - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 7.0-14.3 
AUR05 - Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training PackageAutomotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package 3.0-4.0 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-7.0,8.0-8.1,9.0 
WRH06 - Hairdressing Training PackageHairdressing Training Package 2.2 
PSP04 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 4.1-4.2 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
CUS09 - MusicMusic 1.1-1.2 
MTM11 - Australian Meat Industry Training PackageAustralian Meat Industry Training Package 1.0-4.0 
HLT07 - Health Training PackageHealth Training Package 4.0-5.1 
SIR07 - Retail Services Training PackageRetail Services Training Package 1.3-3.3 
CUF07 - Screen and Media Training PackageScreen and Media Training Package 1.2 

Qualifications that include this unit

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SIR50112 - Diploma of Retail ManagementDiploma of Retail ManagementSuperseded1-3 
CPP60112 - Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information ServicesAdvanced Diploma of Spatial Information ServicesDeleted
AUR40105 - Certificate IV in Automotive ManagementCertificate IV in Automotive ManagementSuperseded1-2 
SIS50712 - Diploma of Sport and Recreation ManagementDiploma of Sport and Recreation ManagementSuperseded1-2 
PSP50112 - Diploma of GovernmentDiploma of GovernmentSuperseded
BSB50107 - Diploma of AdvertisingDiploma of AdvertisingSuperseded1-4 
MTM60111 - Advanced Diploma of Meat ProcessingAdvanced Diploma of Meat ProcessingSuperseded1-2 
CUF50107 - Diploma of Screen and MediaDiploma of Screen and MediaSuperseded
HLT52007 - Diploma of Practice ManagementDiploma of Practice ManagementSuperseded
MTM50211 - Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing)Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing)Superseded1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080505 Marketing  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080505 Marketing  25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to determine the optimum marketing mix for a business through analysis of inter related marketing components.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to individuals in marketing management roles responsible for developing the marketing and promotional mix within an organisation. They may also adjust the marketing mix when new marketing opportunities have been identified.

The skills and knowledge required to evaluate and identify new market opportunities are covered in BSBMKG501B Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Evaluate each component of the marketing mix

1.1. Identify key characteristics of products or services  and estimate their significance to the market

1.2. Review pricing policy and analyse pricing variables  to determine their effect on demand

1.3. Analyse promotional methods  to determine their importance to marketing  outcomes

1.4. Review channels of distribution  and estimate their significance in relation to marketing outcomes

1.5. Identify and analyse level of customer service  provision to determine its significance to marketing outcomes

1.6. Identify potential customer base and key pressure points for success

1.7. Analyse and test the effect of the components of marketing mix  on each other, and establish their relative importance to customer base

2. Determine marketing mix for specific markets

2.1. Identify and asses environmental factors for their impact on marketing mix

2.2. Identify consumer priorities , needs and preferences  that affect marketing mix

2.3. Consider product, pricing, promotional, distribution and service variations, and evaluate these against marketing objectives, target market characteristics and desired positioning

2.4. Select marketing mix that best satisfies target market and meets marketing objectives

2.5. Ensure marketing mix decision meets organisational, strategic and operational marketing objectives

3. Monitor and adjust marketing mix

3.1. Monitor marketing mix against marketing performance and isolate components for testing

3.2. Evaluate implications of altering one or more components of marketing mix in relation to market factors and consumer response

3.3. Adjust components of marketing mix in response to test results and evaluation of market response

3.4. Ensure adjusted marketing mix meets budgetary requirements

3.5. Ensure adjusted marketing mix continues to meet organisational, strategic and operational marketing objectives, and desired positioning

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • culturally appropriate communication skills to relate to people from diverse backgrounds and people with diverse abilities
  • literacy skills to identify market information, to write in a range of styles for different audiences and to interpret requirements
  • numeracy skills to interpret testing results and to manage marketing budgets
  • organisational and time management skills to design and adjust a marketing mix.

Required knowledge 

  • key provisions of relevant legislation from all forms of government that may affect aspects business operations, codes of practice and national standards such as:
  • anti-discrimination legislation and principles of equal opportunity, equity and diversity
  • ethical principles
  • marketing codes of practice and conduct such as the Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) Direct Marketing Code of Practice; Free TV Australia Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice
  • privacy laws
  • Trade Practices Act
  • organisational policies, procedures, products and services
  • principles and concepts of marketing such as consumer or buyer behaviour and elements of marketing mix
  • statistical techniques.

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • developing a report containing a description of activities undertaken to establish a marketing mix in an organisation, including information on each element of the marketing mix, such as:
  • levels of customer service to be provided
  • how a product or service will be distributed
  • how a product or service will be priced
  • whether additional products or services will be offered
  • how the product or service will be promoted
  • reporting on at least one review of the success of marketing mix activities developed including coverage of any necessary adjustments made.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to an actual or simulated workplace
  • access to office equipment and resources
  • access to organisational and marketing strategic plans.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
  • assessment of written reports on the marketing mix
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • observation of presentations on the marketing mix or changes made to the marketing mix
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge and understanding
  • review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
  • review of testimony from team members, colleagues, supervisors or managers.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • BSBMKG501B Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities
  • other marketing units.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Characteristics of products or services  may include:

  • brand
  • brand loyalty
  • compatibility with other products, services or equipment
  • degree of customisation
  • design
  • durability
  • ease of maintenance
  • features
  • flexibility
  • functional performance
  • innovativeness
  • occupational health and safety issues
  • packaging
  • pollution hazard reduction
  • quality
  • range of size, colour or other factors
  • reduction of risks to health and safety, such as noise
  • robustness
  • styling
  • technical features
  • upgrading
  • volumes available

Pricing variables  may include:

  • cost of ownership
  • credit terms
  • discount percentages
  • discount structure
  • financial deals
  • leasing arrangements
  • price point chosen
  • psychological elements
  • residual value
  • sales
  • special offers
  • stage payments

Promotional methods  may include:

  • impersonal promotion such as:
  • advertising
  • sales promotion
  • personal promotion such as:
  • direct marketing
  • face-to-face selling
  • personal selling
  • segmentation

Marketing  may include:

  • business-to-business marketing
  • direct marketing
  • ideas marketing
  • marketing of goods
  • public sector marketing
  • services marketing
  • telemarketing

Channels of distribution  may include:

  • dealers
  • delivery service
  • distributors
  • e-business
  • franchisees
  • internet
  • mail order
  • podcasts
  • re-seller
  • retail
  • self-service
  • telesales
  • wholesale

Level of customer service  may include:

  • after sales service
  • call centre support
  • electronic client service
  • no customer service
  • one-on-one personal service
  • sales assistance for problems or queries only

Marketing mix  may include:

  • customer service variables
  • distribution variables
  • pricing variables
  • product or service variables
  • promotional variables

Customer priorities , needs and preferences  may include:

  • required or preferred products/services
  • preferred price point
  • preferred purchase volume in units and in dollars
  • preferred method of payment
  • preferred time and place for responding
  • preferred time and place to take delivery
  • preferred medium to respond to direct response offers such as:
  • in person
  • mail
  • phone
  • website

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Business Development - Marketing

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units