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  1. Mobike Unicorn GE1-141-I

    The case describes some strategic, marketing and organizational challenges faced by Mobike during the path of further expansion and growth. China, as an emerging and fast-expanding market, has its unique features. Mobike, as a successful Chinese startup, was able to survive a number of rounds of fundraising and stood at a crossroad, leading to different future growth paths.

    The company has its doubts about the future. The point is not how to grow fast, but how to grow and stay in the market longer. The founder Hu Weiwei and CEO Davis Wang were concerned about the strategy for the future. The question was: should Mobike enter the deeper level of second- and third-tier cities in China, or should it pursue its global market penetration? 

    The case illustrates the challenges presented by business expansion. It highlights the importance of strategic tools, namely business model canvas, scenario planning and market analysis, to reevaluate current business operations, clarify future possibilities and mitigate business risks.

    The case could be used in business schools at a variety of levels, including undergraduate, MBA and Executive. It could also be used in marketing, strategy and international cultural management courses. It is particularly useful for participants who want to explore strategy domain or build market knowledge on Chinese markets and the growth path on Chinese startups.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Innovation
  2. The Expansion of Palladium Hotel Group DE1-224-I

    The case describes the challenges and opportunities of the Palladium Hotel Group (PHG). PHG is a Spanish company founded in the 60s by the Matutes family that, with over 60 years in the market, is one of the leading companies in the sector.

    This case describes the main milestones and challenges of PHG caused by the digital transformation trends in the tourism sector during the previous decade. It includes the story Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, which is known for changing Ibiza forever. It also discloses the P2P dynamics achieved with the consolidation of Palladium Addicts.

    There is also a description of the segmentation, targeting and positioning strategy followed by the marketing team and the importance of the digital transformation to create a dynamic and proactive management strategy.

    The growth of the company was effective in terms of revenue and profits in the past decade, and PHG’s next challenge was to further conquer the American traveller and redesign the strategic roadmap for the coming years in order to achieve the growth and customer experience objectives.

    This case has been designed for use in undergraduate, graduate (MBA programs and Master in Management programs), and Executive MBA and Executive Education programs as well as in courses such as Marketing Strategy, Digital Transformation and Digital Innovation.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Marketing
  3. Calviá Beach: Meliá Hotels International Leading the … MK1-165-I

    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.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing
  4. Six steps to an omnichannel company MK2-152-I-M

    The customer journey is a 6-stage process that follows a potential customer through every touch point they have with your brand.

    The six stages are: Awareness; 0 Moment of Truth (0 MOT); Evaluation; 1st Moment of Truth; 2nd Moment of Truth and Loyalty and Advocacy. In this multimedia students will be shown a potential customer experience each of these stages as she goes in search of a little black dress. Along with this, they will read a detailed explanation of both how to ensure any customer is kept happy in that stage, and which digital channels you can use to target them.

    They will complete the multimedia by completing a customer journey mapping exercise on a downloadable excel, where they have to predict the emotions felt and the channels required in each stage of the customer journey. 

    Academic Area:
    Marketing
  5. Digital Marketing, Social Media and Mobile Marketing … MK2-153-I-M

    In this technical note, students will get an introduction to key concepts in digital marketing, social media and mobile marketing. It should serve as an introduction to the topic that they can refer to throughout their studies to refresh key ideas and concepts.

    Through the multimedia, they will be able to read the technical information on the right side of the screen while, on the left side of the screen, they will scroll through an example. This will be presented through Maria and her journey through the different digital marketing channels while looking for a hotel in India.

    The example will be the more visually appealing part of the multimedia, presented through pictures and videos. At the end of the technical note, there will be an interactive exercise that the students can do as a series of quizzes where they can earn badges that display everything they have learned throughout the material.

    Since the example relates to the hotel in India, the material will have a Bollywood theme throughout.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing
  6. IKEA: Global Brand Communication MK1-163-I-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
  7. Market Research MK2-103-I-M

    Market Research is an interactive tutorial that shows the process of market research in a very practical manner. Students take on the role of product manager working for a company in the soft drinks sector and are responsible for a new product launch.

    Throughout this tutorial different theoretical content and video examples of market research techniques (such as focus groups and questionnaires) help students to assimilate the main concepts.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing
  8. Consumers' purchasing behavior MK2-107-I

    This document summarizes the concepts and basic processes involved in consumer behavior, emphasizing how understanding consumers' needs benefits both consumers and marketers. Understanding consumer behavior can allow companies to develop a commercial strategy that is better matched to consumers, which will increase demand and optimize the means to generate that demand. Some of the main challenges are the variability of behavior, its changing nature, and the complexities of studying it. The note delves into how consumer behavior can be studied in a systematic and precise way by using a wide range of theoretical approaches and models and how it can be affected by factors such as environmental influences (economic, political, technological and cultural context) and marketing actions. The document outlines the various psychological factors involved in decision-making (personality, lifestyles, beliefs and attitudes, motivation, perception and learning) as well as the non-psychological ones (age, sex, location, etc.) which allow the marketer to better understand the consumers’ buying habits. It explains the basic decision-making model in depth and how consumers’ behaviors can play an active role in generating value for the company or the opposite thanks to undesired behaviors such as boycotts, complaints and negative word of mouth. It wraps up by describing how to move consumers from habit buying to decision making.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing
  9. Positioning: a key factor in marketing strategy MK2-105-I

    The technical note explains the importance of the positioning strategy of the brands within the general marketing strategy of a product or a company. It also describes and analyzes the positioning as a phase in the Marketing process, the advantages of a good positioning and the common mistakes marketers run into when positioning a brand. It emphasizes segmentation as a tool for the positioning strategy.

    This material is details the process of development of the positioning and its phases. It explains stages of market definition, market segmentation, reasons for segmenting or not segmenting, segmentation criteria and differentiation.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing
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