marketing mix, strategy, services, 7Ps, target market
Review the activity below or download the PDF student worksheet
- Student Worksheet: Working with the Marketing Mix
- Instructor Solutions (Members Only): Working with the Marketing Mix = Solutions
Student Discussion Activity
This exercise is designed to illustrate how the marketing mix works together to implement the organization’s marketing strategy, which should meet the needs of a defined target market.
In this activity, we will use a hypothetical example for an up market hotel chain, such as Hilton Hotels. Assume that Hilton Hotels (which are usually ‘5-star’ quality) have decided that they wanted to introduce a chain of BUDGET hotels (at around 2-3 star quality), under a new brand name of course, in order to capture a greater share of the total hotel market.
Your task is to identify how would they need to modify their 7P’s marketing mix to meet the needs of this new target market. Note: The first P (product) has already been completed for you below, to give you a better idea of the task requirements.
Mix as a 5-star hotel
Mix as a 2-3 star hotel
Student Discussion Questions
- List the remaining 7Ps and how Hilton Hotels currently approaches these marketing mix elements (as per the above example). (Note: Simply base your responses on your general understanding of this hotel chain.)
- Identify how they should adapt their marketing mix for a 2-3 star quality hotel chain (again, as per the above example).
- To what extent do the two marketing mix structures differ? Do any of the marketing mix elements remain relatively unchanged across the two approaches?
- What problems could occur if the marketing mix elements were inconsistent (such as a low-quality hotel, with an expensive room rate)?