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.
Given the continued level of interest in the “new” Coke 1985 product replacement, I decided to put together a video for a student activity based upon the lead up to the decision. As you and your students will see, there were limited options for Coca-Cola to pursue given the sophisticated … Continue reading...
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 … Continue reading...
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.
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 … Continue reading...
In this video-based activity, students will review an overview of a marketing launch of a chocolate bar that has been reintroduced into the market in the UK. The video provides a good overview of the launch campaign.
In February 2012 the Pepsi Next product was launched into the US market. This case study provides students with an interesting insight into PepsiCo’s new product process and some of the challenging decisions that they faced along the way.
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?
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.
A company from regional Australia (called Winkiwoo) has experienced tremendous success with their … Continue reading...
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?
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?
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.
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).
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 … Continue reading...
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?
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?
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?
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?