What is the difference between marketing and sales?

marketing | sales |

As nouns the difference between marketing and sales

is that marketing is buying and selling in a market while sales is (sale).

As a verb marketing

is (market).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • Noun

  • Buying and selling in a market.
  • (uncountable) The promotion, distribution and selling of a product or service; includes market research and advertising.
  • *{{quote-magazine, title=No hiding place
  • , date=2013-05-25, volume=407, issue=8837, page=74, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing ”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.}}
  • Shopping, going to market.
  • * 1926 , (George Herriman), comic strip Us Husbands'', June 12th, 1926 (reprinted in the back of ''Krazy & Ignatz , vol. 1922–1924, Fantagraphics, 2012, ISBN 978-1-60699-477-1, p. 223):
  • [Wife to husband:] I'm going out to do my marketing – keep out of the kitchen, while I'm gone.

    Derived terms

    * affiliate marketing * ambush marketing * antimarketing * direct marketing * e-marketing * event marketing * influencer marketing * marketing collateral * marketing research * membership marketing * multi-level marketing * niche marketing * viral marketing




    (en-plural noun)
  • The activities involved in selling goods or services.
  • The amount or value of goods and services sold.
  • Usage notes

    * Often used attributively.


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