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  1. CALVIÁ BEACH MK1-165-M

    This multimedia case will be provided to the students after having read a written case, so they will already have a knowledge about the subject, the situation and the position of Meliá in Magaluf.

    The case describes the story of Meliá Hotels International in Magaluf, Mallorca, as a touristic destination that had an extraordinarily fast development. It became a reference destination, due to its climate and privileged environment. It turned into a reference of quality and cost-effectiveness in Spain for decades, driven by hotel investment and tourism in the area.

    However, in the 90s the perception of the area, as a quality tourist destination, decreased and began a period of inflection. These actions led to the fall of prices and margins of hotels.

    Faced with the situation of serious deterioration of the Magaluf area and the declining results of Meliá hotels in the area, Mark Hoddinott knew that they had to make a strategic decision about the positioning of Meliá in that destination. After detailed analyzes, reflections and a wide network of consultations with collaborators, Hoddinott concluded that the best alternative for the company was investing in the area and promoting a strategic repositioning to restart Magaluf as a tourist destination.

    The purpose of this material, is that once the student is aware of the repositioning plan that Meliá decides to make in Magaluf, have all the tools to organize the implementation of this plan, in order to relaunch this tourism destination.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  2. IKEA: Comunicación Global de Marca MK1-163-M

    IKEA: Global Brand Communication transports students from the classroom straight into the IKEA showroom. This highly interactive multimedia case details a brief history of IKEA and focuses on the communication strategy used by the brand in 2014, with an emphasis on IKEA Ibérica and its decisions in the Spanish consumer market.

    The IKEA case is separated into 4 sections, each section being a specific area of an IKEA showroom (living room, kitchen, bedroom, and cash registers). In each room learners obtain information, watch videos and take part in activities by clicking on pieces of interactive furniture. In the first room, the living room, students get to know IKEA as a brand, their history, values and performance. Next is the kitchen, where participants will learn about IKEA’s relationship with consumers around the world. This section includes interviews with IKEA customers from various countries, as well as an interactive Brand Sentiment Matrix. Later on in the bedroom, students have a more intimate view of IKEA’s relationship with the Spanish consumer market. Here students can see relevant statistics and data of IKEA Ibérica both from public sources and exclusively from IKEA Ibérica themselves. Some of the most valuable material in this case can be found here, with exclusive interviews from IKEA Ibérica’s Marketing Director as well as their publicity agency McCann. Finally, students can review the takeaways from the case as they approach the registers and exit. Here they can see final thoughts from the professor and author of the case and are prompted to share their own insights via social media.

    This case can be taught effectively in MBA, Global MBA or Executive programs in courses such as Marketing Fundamentals, Integrated Communication or Marketing Strategy.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  3. Creación y Desarrollo de la Marca Aquarius MK1-160-M

    This multimedia case shows the complete process of brand creation, construction and management. Comprised of the steps that must be taken in the process, tools and strategies for communication, and the types of decisions that must be faced when managing a brand, students will learn a model that can later be used in other markets and sectors or with other products, as well as understand key factors of the creative process and the search for efficient solutions for communication-based business problems. 

    Various videos with people who actively participated in the creation of the Aquarius brand are included, such as Marcos de Quintos, Chief Marketing Officer for The Coca-Cola Company, and Miguel García, Creative Director of Sra. Rushmore. It also includes several graphs in which students can analyze market tendencies, competition in the sector, or the rise in non-carbonated beverages in the Spanish market. This data is available in an Excel spreadsheet which the student can download and use to carry out a study.

    At the end of the case, several dilemmas which Aquarius faces are brought up, requiring the student to consider different strategies in order to resolve the future challenges Aquarius will be faced with.

    The case is recommended for students of degrees and master programs (MBA, MIM, Executive MBA) in marketing and communications sessions and as a basis for a work during the course. It can be used in courses directly related to brand management, commercial communication, integrated communication, communication strategy and creativity.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  4. Suavizantes para la ropa MK1-157-M

    This multimedia case has been developed as an interactive single-player simulation. It presents a real life situation of how to use market research in a business context; in the specific case of revenue growth through an increase in consumption. The case covers all the steps within market research; secondary data analysis, the actual design of the market research, and the development of the marketing plan. The case is closely based around a consumer goods giant, however the details of the company have been disguised.

    Through an interactive interface students will review the market research methodologies, analyze key qualitative insights and quantitative data; and more importantly experience first-hand the decision making process behind market research. All this under the intriguing framework of developing the Fabric Softener category in a number of developing countries (Mexico, Russia, Poland, Hungary, and The Philippines, among others).

    By working through this case study, students will learn about market research and at the same time have the opportunity to put into practice their knowledge. They will understand how to use the information obtained from the research to guide investment choices, both in terms of selection of countries as well as specific marketing and promotional activities.

    This simulation can be used as part of a marketing fundamentals course or in a more specialized market research course. It can be used in master programs such as MBA, Master in Management, Master in Marketing Research or degree/university level courses with students that have some previous knowledge in marketing issues and marketing research tools and methodologies. It can also be used in executive education programs.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  5. Comunicación estratégica del Festival del film Locar … CM1-003-A-M

    Strategic Communication at Locarno Film Festival is an interactive multimedia case that focuses on the prestigious film festival and in particular the repositioning of the event’s image from the year 2006.

    This repositioning is studied through video interviews examples of the activities implemented and interactive exercises.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  6. Estrategia de comunicación de IKEA MK1-132-M

    This case tells the story of IKEA and its communication strategy from its arrival in Spain in 1996 to the year 2004. The case details the history of the company and provides examples of different campaigns from around the world.

    Students can study the different marketing campaigns with their desired objectives and the outcomes that the company wished to achieve in the different stages. TV commercials outdoor print and catalogue examples provide background for the analysis. As a conclusion students are asked to consider four alternate campaigns for the future and select the one they feel is most suitable.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  7. Paradores MK1-121-M

    In this interactive case students take on the role of marketing director of Paradores during a time of uncertainty regarding the hotel chain's future. After reviewing information surrounding the current industry climate students must develop the marketing plan for the following year.

    The material emphasizes the decisions that must be taken when developing a marketing plan. The student is guided through the initial stages segmentation of the market differentiation and positioning before having to select appropriate marketing actions for the four P's.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  8. Fiat Stilo: posicionamiento MK1-122-M

    This interactive multimedia case analyzes Fiat Auto Spain's positioning strategy of a new product from different perspectives. During this interactive exercise students can assume different roles (Managing Director Marketing Manager or Sales Manager) deal with the decisions regarding a product's positioning and analyze the coherency of the decisions made in the company's various areas.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
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