GE-McKinsey Multi-Factor Excel Template

About the GE Matrix template and using it with students

The nine-box model for the GE-McKinsey matrix is an effective tool for students to understand the relationship between business strengths and market opportunities.

This is essentially what we do when we combine strengths with opportunities in a SWOT analysis as well. It helps that firms should concentrate on business opportunities … See the full activity...

Toys R Us Bankruptcy: Marketing Environmental Factors

As most students would be aware, Toys R Us went into liquidation in 2018 closing virtually all their stores throughout the world.

Toys R Us were essentially a victim of failing to adapt to a significantly changing marketing environment. They maintained their large-scale supermarket retailing model for over 50 years without considering trends in retail design, retailing itself, changing consumer … See the full activity...

SWOT Analysis

General Information

SWOT Analysis often becomes a quick group brainstorming approach with marketing students, rather than a discussion of what makes up a robust and detailed SWOT.

The other problem with SWOTs is that they are quite generic, often because students start with a “blank sheet”.

To solve this problem I have designed a simple SWOT generator that runs on … See the full activity...

The Advanced Positioning Simulation Game (Now Free)

Sim Game Updated in 2020

Here is the “advanced positioning marketing simulation game” now available for free download here…

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This is an extension of the initial game – so it has the same look and feel to students. However, it increases the complexity of decisions by introducing a number of new rule changes, such as:

  • the overall
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Financially-driven Marketing Strategy

Overview of the Discussion Activity

This discussion activity is a variation of an existing exercise on this website, however it has been updated by the inclusion of an interactive spreadsheet to enable students to financially forecast the impact of this strategic decisions.

Here is a link to the spreadsheet… Music Festival Strategy Exercise

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From Situational Analysis to Marketing Strategy

INTRODUCTION

While many industries have been impacted by the Internet-era, the banking sector is an industry that has faced numerous environmental challenges. They have been impacted by new competitors, changing technology, record low interest rates, different consumer buying approaches, new distribution channels, and so on.

As a result, traditional banks cannot maintain their existing marketing strategy. They need to be … See the full activity...

Discussion ideas for the marketing simulation game


Note: Also refer to the base information on the Marketing and Positioning Simulation Game for lecturers, as well as the “how to play guide”.

Teaching and discussion ideas

While the simulation game is quick to learn and relatively simple for students to understand, it does provide an insight to numerous marketing concepts and topics – making it an … See the full activity...

Marketing Simulation Game: How to Play Guide

How to Play the Marketing and Positioning Simulation Game

Welcome to the instructions on the Marketing and Positioning Simulation Game. This simulation game is designed for students of marketing, strategy, and business. Please note that the game is available for free download on this page… free marketing simulation game download page. Please note that this linked page also includes … See the full activity...

Free Marketing Simulation Game (Updated 2020)

You can download the free sim game here…

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Game Updated 2020

Key changes for 2020:

  • Loyalty bonus has been reduced from 20% to 10%. This loyalty bonus is awarded to products that are not repositioned during the round. The intention of this bonus is to provide a trade-off between moving to a more attractive position and holding position and
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New Coke Video

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 and ongoing marketing campaign from Pepsi.

Therefore, the following New … See the full activity...

Real Burger World (RBW) Case Study

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.

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McDonald’s Food Throughout the World

Teaching Notes

This activity is designed to introduce students to the for/against of adapting a global firm’s product mix to meet local needs in host countries. Students first review a short video and then address specific questions on international marketing.

Student task

Student Discussion Questions

  1. McDonald’s is a strong global brand, does their variety of food throughout the world help
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Apple’s Initial Phone Strategic Alliance

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 way or background:

  • Apple partnered
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Apple and core competencies

Teaching notes for this activity

In this discussion activity, students will look at the possible core competencies for Apple and discussed how appropriate that they are and how they would guide Apple’s marketing strategy.

This discussion exercise is suitable for students of marketing strategy and more advanced marketing students. It would be more suitable for use as a small group … See the full activity...

Mission statements

Teaching notes for this activity

This activity is designed for students of marketing strategy to help understand the relationship between mission statement and the firm’s marketing strategy.

This discussion exercise would need to be completed within a small group environment and you should allow around 20 minutes for the activity.

Student task

A firm’s mission is its reason for being … See the full activity...

Core competencies

Teaching notes for this activity

This activity is designed for students of marketing strategy, or advanced marketing students. It explores the concept of core competencies and their role in the development of a marketing strategy.

It is suggested that this would be done as a small group discussion, with report back to the overall class at the end. You should … See the full activity...

An entrepreneurial start-up

Teaching Notes for this Marketing Activity

This student discussion exercise is built around a video (at the bottom of this page) where the founder and CEO of the Dollar Shave Club discusses how the business was built and has been made successful.

Please note that you should watch the video first before deciding to show it in class to see … See the full activity...

Trends in the BCG matrix

Teaching Notes for this Marketing Activity

Preferred format: This teaching activity is designed for either individual students or to be completed in small groups of students.
Student audience: This exercise is more suitable for students of marketing strategy, and perhaps some students of introductory marketing.
Exercise time: The group discussion time should be around 10 minutes.
Additional resources: there is … See the full activity...

Analyzing the BCG matrix

Teaching Notes for this Marketing Activity

Preferred format: This teaching activity is designed for either individual students or to be completed in small groups of students.
Student audience: This exercise is more suitable for students of marketing strategy, and perhaps some students of introductory marketing.
Exercise time: The group discussion time should be around 5 to 10 minutes.
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Overly aggressive competitive marketing strategy?

Teaching Notes for this Marketing Activity

Preferred format: This teaching activity is designed for small groups of students to discuss aggressive competitive strategies, particularly on a head-to-head basis.
Student audience: This exercise is more suitable for students of marketing strategy.
Exercise time: The group discussion time should be around 10 minutes, plus additional time for an overall class discussion.

Student

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