May 012017
 

In April 2017, KFC decided to introduce it’s Zinger chicken sandwich (burger) into its home American market. This is despite the product being available in KFC’s international markets for over 30 years, where it is KFC’s most popular product in 120 countries. For this activity, students need to review the launch TV commercial featuring Rob [See full activity…]

Apr 242016
 

Introduction Real Burger World (or RBW as it later became known) was a small hamburger chain established in the UK in the early 2000’s. Despite a significant financial investment, professional management, the use of branding consultants, and extensive media coverage, the business did not prove to be viable and closed within a few years. This [See full activity…]

Feb 242016
 

Teaching Notes for this Activity This student exercise uses a YouTube video that shows Steve Jobs announcing the iTunes phone in 2005, two years before the iPhone. It introduces students to strategic alliances, competitive strategy, capabilities, and the new product process. Student Task Start by first reviewing the video on the iTunes phone launch. By [See full activity…]

Feb 062015
 
New Coke Case Study

General Instructions for running the New Coke Case Study in class Much has been written about the New Coke new product development and launch in 1985 and there have been numerous case studies published in various textbooks, along with numerous books. But what is different about this case study for New Coke is that students [See full activity…]

Jul 202012
 

In this video-based mini-case, you will review the repositioning efforts of Coca-Cola in Australia with their energy drink branded “Mother Energy”. But was this the right choice: should they have moved to introduce a new brand instead?   ACTIVITY/TASK Coca-Cola launched their new Mother Energy brand into the Australian market in 2006. The firm was [See full activity…]

Jul 072012
 

This mini case study profiles the successful launch of Winkiwoo, a new division of a photo printing firm, which has successfully tapped into the new internet and digital world, with an innovated Facebook related photo product.   ACTIVITY/TASK A company from regional Australia (called Winkiwoo) has experienced tremendous success with their innovative Facebook photo books [See full activity…]

Jul 072012
 

In this activity, you need to review the recent new product launch results across different firms. How well did their respective launches go? Can you get a sense of their relative strengths/weaknesses from these results?   ACTIVITY/TASK Firm A Firm B Firm C Firm D Target market size      1m      1m      1m   [See full activity…]

Jul 072012
 

In 2005, Coca-Cola introduced Coke Zero, a zero calorie version of their flagship product. This product did extraordinary well, but what launch and implementation challenges did they face?   ACTIVITY/TASK Coca-Cola first ventured into the diet soft drink market in the 1960’s with their Tab brand. In 1982 they broadened the Coke brand for the [See full activity…]

Jul 072012
 

Gillette has long been the leader in the razor market. However, to maintain their position they have had to make some tough decisions along the way. Review the following situation – if you were the CEO, would you have made the same decision? ACTIVITY/TASK Gillette has always prided their firm on razor technology innovation. Therefore, [See full activity…]

Jul 062012
 

In this activity, you need to help a bank decide the most appropriate IMC tools mix for a major launch of a new innovative credit card. There are many possible promotional tools to choose from. Try to integrate the campaign across the various elements.   ACTIVITY/TASK ADVERTISING TOOLS Prime time TV Local newspapers Buses Daytime [See full activity…]

Jul 062012
 

Different organizations, with different goals, will find that a different mix of IMC tools will be more appropriate for their needs.  For this activity you need to determine the three most suitable IMC tools for each organization listed (using the simplified list of tools provided below). ACTIVITY/TASK Select from this simplified list of IMC Tools [See full activity…]

Jul 062012
 

Due to the growth in franchising over recent years, many people have been attracted to this particular form of business ownership. The following is a conversation between two brothers who are planning to buy into a retail franchise system. But their problem is that they cannot decide ‘when’ to buy a franchise. (Note: The ‘when’ [See full activity…]

Jul 062012
 

This activity provides a hypothetical channel selection decision for the Pizza Galore chain. Assuming that Pizza Galore wanted to introduce a mini breakfast pizza (say with bacon and eggs), then which would be the best way for them to distribute it? Why would this be the best option?   ACTIVITY/TASK  Possible Channels Offer as a [See full activity…]

Jul 062012
 

In this activity, your task is to set the price for a new home-delivered spring water (the large bulk bottles) company. To complicate matters, you have a few different viewpoints on the best pricing approach. What would you decide?   ACTIVITY/TASK Spring water is a product that has become popular over the past 10-15 years [See full activity…]

Jul 052012
 

The following is an excerpt from a manager’s meeting for firm that produces entertainment/game consoles (like PlayStation, Xbox, Wii). They are trying to decide whether to use a price penetration or price skimming strategy in the upcoming launch of their game console. Can you help them decide?   ACTIVITY/TASK Ken:                Thanks for coming everyone. This [See full activity…]

Jul 052012
 

Read the following case study on a hypothetical product manager for frozen pizza. They are faced with a strategic challenge for which way to growth the business. If you were this product manager, what would you do?   ACTIVITY/TASK Larry is a product manager for frozen pizza for a large national firm. He is in [See full activity…]