In this module SLP1, identify a company and a charge (or task) for this marketing research project and conduct situation analysis related to your charge. This is the first step of this cumulative research project. You need to review all four SLPs first in order to better understand the requirements for this project.
In this section, describe the company and the product that is going to be the focus of interest for your marketing plan. For example, if your client is Apple, provide background information on the organization (e.g., what it is, what it does, history, success in what it is doing, etc.). If the charge is to market a new product (such as iPad 6), describe what iPad is, how long it has been around, how successful it has been, and who the target audience is. Be specific and detail-oriented, and do not assume that the reader is familiar with the company and product.
Identify a company and a charge for your research project at the very beginning, based on the detailed requirements for this cumulative Session Long Project. The new charge is a hypothetical task, which should be based on one of the company’s existing brands or products. It is also better to identify a new product charge for existing public firms so that you can find enough information for your task. For example, you may pick one of the following companies and charges.
- Apple needs to increase its market share for iPhone 7.
- Samsung wants to introduce a tablet called Galaxy MiniS.
- New Balance needs to market its Men’s 611 running shoes.
- Ford needs to have a successful introduction of the 2017 Fusion.
- Lexus wants to increase the brand awareness of its 2017 Lexus GX466.
Do not choose the product that is the basis of Case 1. It is best to check with your instructor regarding the company and the charge you choose to analyze for this project. In choosing your company and the charge, keep in mind that in order to effectively conduct your market research, you must have access to relevant information. Also note that your charge or task for this research project is what you are going to do with a brand, rather than just the brand. In other words, your charge or task is to solve a business problem faced by your client. So you need to state the business problem and your charge clearly at the beginning since it would guide the following steps of this research project