A local fitness center has constructed a marketing plan. Unfortunately, it is not very well designed and has numerous problems. The task of your students is to identify at least 15 problems with the plan. A great exercise in understanding the role and purpose and structure of the marketing plan.
Strategy and Plans
Your students take the role of a brand manager of a successful frozen-food brand. But it is in the maturity phase of the PLC and needs to pursue other growth options. Students evaluate five potential new lines and line extensions to help guide the brand forward.
In this activity, students review seven market segments for a company looking to launch a dinner cruise in a town that has a sizable local population and a steady stream of tourists. Their task is to identify the best market segment to become the target market, based upon their characteristics, profitability, and long-term viability.
Students explore positioning and the importance of differentiation by reviewing 10 competing restaurants in the same geographic market. Each restaurant has a unique positioning and students need to evaluate which ones will be more successful, as well as identifying an opportunity for a player in the market.
An easy-to-play Excel-based game designed around customer value, needs analysis, target markets, competition, and profit management. Great game to teach the fundamentals of marketing. Instructional videos included.
This activity is a variation of the Marketing Ethics Game (also available of Great Ideas). But instead of a game, students review, discuss, and debate the 10 ethical and social dilemmas. In this situations, students will need to trade-off profits for ethical behavior, the customer experience, and staff satisfaction. Great for in-class discussions and debates.
This is a points-based game built around 10 ethical and social dilemmas (trade-offs). In each round, students need to make a strategic decision that will add/remove points for profits, customer satisfaction, staff satisfaction, and ethical behavior. But what is more important to your students – profit maximization or running a well-balanced business? Designed as a game to make ethical decisions fun, enjoyable, and more real-world based.
In 2023, the Burger King chain announced that they were closing around 400 of their stores in the USA. They are reducing underperforming restaurants – but are these closures a good idea from a marketing brand perspective? Let’s find out in this activity.
Students are presented with 10 mini brand personas for the hotel industry. Their task is to choose a buyer persona and map out their customer journey. A starting example has been provided as a guide.
In this mini case study, students assess Burger King’s strategy to grow its market share in their home market in 2023 and beyond. The firm undertook an aggressive marketing program across multiple marketing mix elements, and started to look at product-based (rather than firm-based) differentiation as the key to their growth success.