Impact of Macro-environmental Changes

Review the following list of macro-environment changes/trends. For each one, work out how it is changing and then determine whether (and how) it will impact marketing activities. As we know, there are three key aspects to an environmental scan; identify the environmental change, determine its likely impact, and how firms can turn this challenge into a market opportunity.

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Change in Retailer Relationships

In this exercise, you need to evaluate how well this manufacturer is progressing with their retailer relationships (in its micro-environment). As you can see, they have increased sales to retailers by $2m and they have also increased the number of retailing chains that they deal with. These results are obviously pleasing, but are there any areas of concern and what See the full activity...

Identifying the Competitive Set

For this exercise, you need to identify the competitive set for a manufacturer of instant coffee (such as Nestle’s many brands of coffee, sold via retailers). The aim of this activity is to think beyond just like-competitors (that is, other manufacturers of coffee). We need to consider what types of products and offerings would form their indirect competition (often offering See the full activity...

Internal Marketing: Changing the Corporate Culture


Often firms seek to modify their corporate culture, as part of their overall internal marketing program. For this exercise, assume you are a consultant brought into a Fortune 1000 firm with the project of dramatically altering the firm’s corporate culture in order to improve its level of marketing orientation. Your task is to determine which of the possible activities identified See the full activity...

Assessing the Corporate Culture

Listed below is a series of statements made by employees when describing the way their firms motivate and deal with their staff. This gives a good insight in the firm’s corporate culture, which is a key aspect of the internal environment. Your task in this activity is to identify how these different environments will influence each firms’ choice of marketing See the full activity...

Assessing the Impact of an Environmental Change

This discussion exercise is based around the results of two Canadian market research surveys from mid-2012, conducted on behalf of PayPal, which highlights the willingness of their population to shift to a cashless society. This change in the macro-environment will have significant implications for the retailing sector. Your task here is to review the survey results and identify how retailers See the full activity...

Benefits of Strategic Alliances

Below is a list of possible and actual strategic alliances. Your task in this activity is to first identify the benefits and risks associated with each of the ventures. You also need to determine the extent to which customers will also benefit. On the basis of this assessment, you then need to decide whether the alliance, in your opinion, should See the full activity...

Assessing a Strategic Alliance

In this mini-case study, you are required to determine whether a joint venture between Tesco Bank and Aviva (insurance) has benefits for both players as well as customers. To do this task successfully, you will need to consider what capabilities each organization is likely to provide to the strategic alliance.

 

ACTIVITY/TASK

In mid-2012, Aviva (a major insurance company with … See the full activity...

Using the BCG Matrix

In the following mini-case study, you are required to categorize the corporation’s business portfolio into the four boxes of the BCG (Boston Consulting Group) model. You then need to decide how the management should allocate $250 million funds available across their strategic business units (SBUs), using the BCG matrix as a guide.

 

ACTIVITY/TASK

The AHI Group is a hypothetical … See the full activity...

Understanding the Product/Market Growth Matrix

Your task in this activity is to classify the examples listed below into one of the four categories on the  product/market growth matrix (also sometimes referred to as Ansoff’s model). You will need to consider whether it is a new or existing product and market for the firm. A diagram of the product/market growth matrix has also been provided below … See the full activity...

Strategy Hierarchy Levels

Teaching Notes for this Marketing Activity

Preferred format: This teaching activity can be discussed in pairs, or could potentially be an individual student exercise.
Student audience: This exercise is more suitable for students of introductory marketing.
Exercise time: The exercise time should be around 5-10 minutes, plus any additional time for an overall class discussion.

Student Task

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Strategy Focus

In this exercise, you need to review the below diagram, which highlights a possible strategy development path for a textbook publisher. As you can see, this firm has adopted a practice of pursuing virtually whatever market opportunities have been presented to it. Follow the arrows and you can see some logic for each of their strategic moves, but you need See the full activity...

Improving the Marketing Mix

In this exercise, you are required to review the top-level financials of a small chain of hamburger stores and suggest improvements to their marketing mix. This activity should provide an introduction of how modifications to a firm’s marketing mix can impact business performance.

So let’s help Fat Frank’s Burgers make more money!

 

ACTIVITY/TASK

Frank owns three hamburger shops (Fat … See the full activity...

What is marketing?

Student Task

In this activity, we will use a quick overview of McDonald’s in order to try and identify the reasons for their success throughout the world and the contribution of marketing (if any) to their overall performance. This will help in gaining a good sense of the scope of marketing in a large firm.

ACTIVITY/TASK

Let’s face it … See the full activity...

Are these marketing tasks?

For this exercise, review the list of work tasks below and identify which ones are likely (or not) to be part of a marketing role.

For this activity, we will assume that the company in question manufactures cookies.

As you go through the list, consider at which “level” of employee (refer list in question area) each of the decisions probably See the full activity...

What is marketing?

Student Task

Our task in this exercise is to construct our own definition of marketing. To assist in this regard, some different views of what marketing is have been presented below.

Therefore, your first task in this activity is to firstly review the various views/definitions of marketing in the conversation below. Then see if you can come up with your See the full activity...

Perceptions of Marketing

This exercise is designed to explore how you and your fellow students perceive the role and perception of marketing.

Listed below is a series of statements about marketing. Identify which ones do you agree with and which ones you disagree with? When you have finished, compare your perceptions against those of your fellow students .

(Please note that there are See the full activity...