Ivey Publishing

Social Media Marketing: A Strategic Approach

Barker, Barker, Borman, Roberts, Zahay ,2 (United States, Cengage, 2008)
Prepared By Ashley Woytaz,
Chapter and Title Chapter Matches: Case Information
Chapter 1:
The Role of Social Media Marketing

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: MEASURING SOCIAL MEDIA RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Miranda R. Goode, Daniel Samosh

Product Number: 9B12A015
Publication Date: 5/17/2012
Revision Date: 5/18/2012
Length: 10 pages

In August 2011, the digital strategist at Online Advertisers, a small digital media company (web development, affiliate marketing, and social media management), was faced with finalizing a value proposition for a new social media marketing division, Online Advertisers Social. Online Advertisers was a creativity-driven company. Data and analytic capabilities were generally not the reason why clients worked with Online Advertisers. Online Advertisers attracted clients by being young, in touch with trends, energetic, and creative. However, clients (especially larger clients) wanted analytics — metrics that could be used to objectively quantify returns on social media investment. The digital strategist saw an opportunity to position Online Advertisers Social as a social media company that offered smaller businesses insights into their target markets that they would not otherwise have access to due to budget constraints.

The digital strategist needed to create a value proposition that balanced an analytics focus with Online Advertisers’ creative marketing and design. The company was too small to offer a large-scale competitive analytical package, and had relied too heavily on intuition in the past to create a competitive data-based social media package. The digital strategist went through the nuances of social media management, including campaign management and community management, and the issue of offering services related to the measurement of social media ROI in a rapidly growing and maturing industry.


Teaching Note: 8B12A015 (4 pages)
Industry: Other Services
Issues: Web Development; Social Media; Metrics; Analytics; Value Proposition Development; Business to Business; Consumer Insights; Canada
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



MOLSON CANADA: SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
Deborah Compeau, Israr Qureshi

Product Number: 9B08A014
Publication Date: 10/23/2008
Revision Date: 5/4/2017
Length: 13 pages

This case describes Molson’s experiment with social media for creating brand awareness. In November 2007, Molson, part of the Molson Coors Brewing Company, ended a social media promotion after facing criticism that it promoted binge drinking. Molson was faced with the difficulty of how quickly the contents of social media could spread to various audiences. The case encourages readers to ponder whether Molson’s action was the only option available and to consider what its next steps might be.

Teaching Note: 8B08A14 (4 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Privacy Issues; Internet Culture; Management Information Systems; Social Media; Facebook; Breweries
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 2:
Goals and Strategies

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS REAL ESTATE: B2B AND B2C SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
Raymond Pirouz, Emily Chen-Bendle

Product Number: 9B12A057
Publication Date: 12/3/2012
Revision Date: 12/3/2012
Length: 12 pages

This case explores social media marketing as both business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) strategies. In spite of a challenging real estate environment, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE) was launched in 2008 by Realogy Corporation, the largest franchisor of real estate brands in the world, to maintain and grow market share with a new type of real estate company centered around lifestyle. BHGRE has grown rapidly and has experienced tremendous success with its B2B social media efforts. Now, several years after the formation of the company, the president and chief executive officer must decide how to leverage what she has learned from the B2B effort to create a B2C social media program. Additional factors include a concurrent Canadian market entry.

Teaching Note: 8B12A057 (8 pages)
Industry: Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Issues: New Media; Social Media; Online Marketing; Internet; United States
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



THE PEPSI ULTIMATE TASTE CHALLENGE 2012: SOCIAL ENOUGH?
June Cotte, Jawwad Khurshid, Jill Campbell, Miguel Huller, Paul Strachan, Zoe Baldwin

Product Number: 9B12A026
Publication Date: 6/18/2012
Revision Date: 6/18/2012
Length: 6 pages

In April 2012, the director of marketing for Pepsi Beverages Canada assessed the launch plans for the year's version of what had traditionally been called the Pepsi Challenge. Now called the Pepsi Ultimate Taste Challenge, the goals of the campaign were very aggressive and, of course, a Coke versus Pepsi battle was always difficult. The novelty for summer 2012 was the emphasis on social media, and the interaction between social media and the Ultimate Taste Challenge. In addition, the marketing director was targeting the Millenials as a target market segment. These consumers were a notoriously difficult group to market to. The marketing director assessed the proposal he received and needed to make a decision as to whether to approve it, or whether changes were necessary to achieve his market share goals.

Teaching Note: 8B12A026 (5 pages)
Industry: Accommodation & Food Services
Issues: Marketing Communication; Marketing Management; Promotion Policy; Social Media; Canada
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 3:
Identifying Target Audiences

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH: IS IT UNETHICAL TO BE EXCLUSIVE?
Seung Hwan (Mark) Lee, June Cotte, Danae Blanchard

Product Number: 9B14A009
Publication Date: 4/9/2014
Revision Date: 4/9/2014
Length: 5 pages

The CEO of clothing manufacturer and retailer Abercrombie and Fitch defends his decision that the company will not offer plus sizes for women, although extra large sizes are available for men, because average- to large-sized female consumers do not fit the company’s target market. This insistence on a standard of female beauty as young, svelte and tall has enraged consumers who have criticized the company, and the CEO in particular, in both the traditional and social media for exacerbating problems of body image and gender stereotypes, especially among teens. Increasing sizes, however, presents not only logistical and manufacturing challenges but may lead to charges that the company is encouraging obesity and unhealthy lifestyles as happened when a competitor, H&M, introduced large-size models and mannequins in its stores. Abercrombie and Fitch’s popularity with its target teen market depends on its promulgation of exclusivity, which in turn depends on its vision of what is “cool.” Yet, in the face of mounting criticism and declining sales, does sticking to the segmentation strategy make sense?

Teaching Note: 8B14A009 (3 pages)
Industry: Retail Trade
Issues: Marketing ethics; social media; targeting/segmentation; United States
Difficulty: 3 - Undergraduate



CUSTOMER SEGMENTATION AND BUSINESS MODEL EVOLUTION AT UNBOUNCE
Raymond Pirouz, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B14A029
Publication Date: 7/8/2014
Revision Date: 7/8/2014
Length: 7 pages

In December 2011, the co-founder of Unbounce, a Vancouver-based software services start-up, is considering expanding into the enterprise user space. Unbounce got its start providing turnkey landing pages — web pages specific to current advertising campaigns — to the small and medium-sized enterprise market. Within 18 months, the company has achieved thought leadership in this space, has a list of paying customers and has built its support team from six to 25 people. The challenge is that since the entire company is focused on its core market segment, entering the enterprise user space means that different capabilities will have to be developed. Will developing the enterprise user market prevent the competition from invading this space or will it mean alienating and perhaps losing its current customers? What is the best plan for going forward?

Teaching Note: 8B14A029 (4 pages)
Industry: Information, Media & Telecommunications
Issues: Social media; landing pages; monetization; growth; pricing strategy; Canada
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 4:
Rules of Engagement for SMM

PAUL FRANK AND NATIVE AMERICAN STEREOTYPES: A CASE OF MISAPPROPRIATION
Stefanie Beninger, June N.P. Francis

Product Number: 9B14A063
Publication Date: 4/27/2015
Revision Date: 5/12/2015
Length: 8 pages

Paul Frank Industries (PFI), a privately held company based in the United States, finds itself in hot water after social media criticizes a Hollywood marketing event hosted by PFI in which Native American stereotypes were prominently featured. When photos of the event are released on Facebook, two bloggers bring attention to the event through their social media channels, and the reaction quickly spreads throughout the Native American community and beyond. In the wake of this public relations nightmare, students are asked to reflect on the actions taken by Paul Frank Industries prior to, during and after the marketing event.

Teaching Note: 8B14A063 (12 pages)
Industry: Retail Trade
Issues: Ethics; public relations; social media; United States
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



DOES MATTEL'S ICONIC BARBIE DOLL NEED A MAKEOVER?
Karen Robson, Stefanie Beninger

Product Number: 9B16A005
Publication Date: 2/29/2016
Revision Date: 2/29/2016
Length: 10 pages

In 2015, almost 60 years after being introduced to the market, the Barbie doll was one of the world’s most iconic toys. However, both the industry landscape and consumer preferences were changing, and Barbie was yet again in the spotlight as consumers criticized the toy for providing a narrow and unrealistic vision of how women should look, how they should dress, and the careers they should pursue. Sales and public perception of the doll were both on the downswing. Was there a place for the Barbie doll in 2015, or was this the end of the line for the iconic doll? What could Mattel, the company behind Barbie, do to turn things around?

Teaching Note: 8B16A005 (12 pages)
Industry: Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Recreation
Issues: General management, branding, positioning, social media, marketing and society, brand reputation, gender marketing
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 5:
Social Media Platforms and Social Networking Sites

DECATHLON CHINA: USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO PENETRATE THE INTERNET MARKET
Nicole R.D. Haggerty, Raymond Pirouz, Grace Geng

Product Number: 9B11A043
Publication Date: 11/16/2011
Length: 14 pages

After successfully establishing more than 33 retail stores in large cities across China, Decathlon, a large French sporting goods manufacturer and retailer, planned to open its official online shopping website in China. The marketing department head of Decathlon China had experimented with several new social media platforms in China in order to increase the brand awareness among online shoppers. At the upcoming executive meeting, the marketing department head wanted to persuade the chief executive officer to dedicate more resources to social media to both increase online sales in the short term and market share in the long term.

Teaching Note: 8B11A043 (6 pages)
Industry: Information, Media & Telecommunications
Issues: Social Media Strategy; Retail Marketing Strategy; Emerging Technology; France; China
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS: WHO IS PROMOTING NET PROMOTER?
Neil Bendle, Xin (Shane) Wang

Product Number: 9B15A046
Publication Date: 9/14/2015
Revision Date: 9/16/2015
Length: 6 pages

A young analyst decides to collect Twitter data to better understand who is promoting the Net Promoter matrix on the social media site in late July 2015. How widely is the metric mentioned and how much of the dialogue involves conversations rather than tweets being sent as general broadcast messages? He considers the social network of these users, their relationships and the network as a whole to create a network graph and wonders what he can do to improve the way it can be viewed and understood.

Teaching Note: 8B15A046 (8 pages)
Industry: Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Issues: Twitter data, mapping networks
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 6:
Microblogging

ENTREPRENEURS AT TWITTER: BUILDING A BRAND, A SOCIAL TOOL OR A TECH POWERHOUSE?
Simon Parker, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B10M028
Publication Date: 3/22/2010
Revision Date: 5/4/2017
Length: 10 pages

Twitter has become an incredibly popular micro-blogging service since its launch in 2006. Its founders have ambitious plans for the service, and are backed by hundreds of millions of dollars of venture capital funding, which values the company at $3.7 billion in 2011. Twitter seems to attract a diverse audience of users, such as political organizers looking to disseminate information to their followers; businesses looking to reach out, in real time, to potential customers; and social users. The company charges consumers nothing for its service. By 2011, competitors have emerged, some of whom are financially strong. It remains unclear - at least to some observers - whether the company will ever make money from its service.

Teaching Note: 8B10M28 (10 pages)
Industry: Other Services
Issues: Social Networking Media; Strategic Positioning; New Venture
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



SUSHILICIOUS: STANDING OUT IN A CROWDED FIELD
Dante Pirouz, Raymond Pirouz, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B11A035
Publication Date: 10/17/2011
Length: 19 pages

The founder of Sushilicious, a new sushi restaurant in California, is wondering how to make his second year in the business even more successful. His objective is to grow the current base for his restaurant with a limited marketing budget. The founder has had success building his first restaurant using a combination of social media tools and now wonders how he can build upon his current marketing strategy. Furthermore, should he franchise the Sushilicious concept, open a second restaurant, or focus entirely on the first location?

Teaching Note: 8B11A035 (7 pages)
Industry: Accommodation & Food Services
Issues: Market Segmentation; Market Planning; Marketing Without Advertising; Social Media; California, United States
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 7:
Creation and Sharing: Blogging, Streaming Video, Podcasts, and Webinars

BANKING ON SOCIAL MEDIA (A)
Luisa Mazinter, Nicola Kleyn, Michael Goldman, Jennifer Lindsey-Renton

Product Number: 9B14A070
Publication Date: 2/13/2015
Revision Date: 1/28/2015
Length: 11 pages

First National Bank (FNB), one of South Africa’s “Big Four” banks, has, under the stewardship of its CEO, invested in a strategy of innovation to grow its market presence in South Africa, other emerging-market African countries and India. In line with its strategy to lead digital banking in South Africa, FNB has invested in building a social media strategy to enable the brand to strengthen its relationships with customers, through building customer knowledge and stickiness and humanizing its brand.

In 2012, FNB’s head of digital marketing and media sees a tweet from Standard Bank stating that it has instructed its attorneys to lodge a complaint against what it alleges to be FNB’s misleading advertising. She wonders whether Standard Bank’s use of Twitter to communicate this competitive action is related to FNB’s extensive and well-publicized use of the micro-blogging service. She knows that the debate on Twitter will be a significant indicator of whether her social media strategy has been successful. How can FNB continue to differentiate itself and alleviate the pressure on non-interest revenues?

Banking on Social Media (B), 9B14A071, is a supplement to this case.


Teaching Note: 8B14A070 (12 pages)
Industry: Finance and Insurance
Issues: Social media; brand; engagement; banking; South Africa
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



IBM'S DIGITAL INFLUENCE PROGRAM
Asha Kaul, Varun Thappa

Product Number: 9B13M025
Publication Date: 4/12/2013
Revision Date: 4/16/2013
Length: 17 pages

IBM India was experimenting with social media applications to extend its marketing mix. A social media campaign named Digital Influence was launched to gain market share for the company’s software products, influence groundswell and develop technical evangelists. Within a year, the share of voice and reach for the company’s five software brands increased significantly. However, the company’s marketing and communications director was hesitant to declare victory. Was the model sustainable? What challenges would the company face in the implementation process? Would the plan of operations continue to help the company gain market space and create technical evangelists?

Teaching Note: 8B13M025 (10 pages)
Industry: Information, Media & Telecommunications
Issues: Digital influence; blogs; social media; communication; India
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 8:
Video Marketing

SALINABEAR: MONETIZING A YOUTUBE PROFILE
Michael Parent, Anjali Bal, Karen Robson

Product Number: 9B12A063
Publication Date: 1/24/2013
Revision Date: 12/19/2012
Length: 8 pages

A recent business school graduate has enjoyed moderate success with her YouTube channel, which is devoted to videos detailing how to artistically transform T-shirts into unique fashion items. The entrepreneur has successfully monetized the site by allowing YouTube to place ads on it, through the YouTube Partner Program. The case outlines the entrepreneur’s efforts, describes her participation in YouTube’s Partnership Program and asks students to consider her next steps. The options include monetizing her videos by renting them through YouTube or another channel, creating and selling do-it-yourself kits, opening a physical store to sell her creations and to conduct classes or extending her brand into other arts and crafts.

Teaching Note: 8B12A063 (10 pages)
Industry: Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Recreation
Issues: Internet marketing; e-Business models; small business; Canada
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



BANKING ON SOCIAL MEDIA (B)
Luisa Mazinter, Nicola Kleyn, Michael Goldman, Jennifer Lindsey-Renton

Product Number: 9B14A071
Publication Date: 2/13/2015
Revision Date: 1/28/2015
Length: 7 pages

This case is a supplement to Banking on Social Media (A), 9B14A070.

In January 2013, First National Bank (FNB) launches the “You Can Help” brand campaign, which calls for change and is based on the bank’s research on South African children’s hopes for the country. The campaign receives mixed reactions from political parties, with the governing African National Congress declaring, “This isn’t an advert — it’s a political statement. An attack on the president, his ministers and government as a whole.” Following the harsh criticism by some, select clips are taken off YouTube, the Group CEO sends an apologetic text message to a government minister involved, and the bank buys newspaper advertisements trying to explain the campaign. Has FNB managed the crisis properly?


Teaching Note: 8B14A070 (12 pages)
Industry: Finance and Insurance
Issues: Social media; stakeholder management; banking; crisis management; South Africa
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 9:
Marketing on Photo Sharing Sites

HOW PINTEREST PUTS PEOPLE IN STORES


Product Number: F1307Z
Publication Date: 7/1/2013
Length: 3 pages

Due to the highly graphical nature of the Vision Statement, we offer this reprint in color, PDF format only. We recommend printing it out in color to maximize its effectiveness. Showrooming

Industry: Retail Trade
Issues: Social media;Marketing;Consumer behavior



Chapter 10:
Discussion, News, Social Bookmarking and Q&A Sites

PORSCHE: THE CAYENNE LAUNCH


Product Number: 511068
Publication Date: 2/15/2011
Revision Date: 12/5/2012
Length: 22 pages

Can an online discussion forum supply insight into the evolution of brand meaning? In 2003 Porsche launched a sport utility vehicle, dividing Porsche purists from newcomers to the brand. Vocal members of online and offline Porsche communities ridiculed the Cayenne SUV and disapproved of the new breed of driver. Some opposed offering Porsche Club membership to them, and some even refused to extend the fraternal Porsche wave or headlight flashing to them on the road. Porsche's values of speed, luxury, and a certain masculine zeal resonated strongly with its devotees, while drivers of the Cayenne (which came to be known as the SUV for soccer moms) tended to be safety-conscious, family-oriented, and conservative. Evolving debates on forums allow a class to debate whether the brand had strayed too far from its core values and was at risk.

Teaching Note: 511069 (14 pages)
Issues: Online media;Corporate image;Market research;Marketing;Internet;Multibranding;Brand extension;Brand management;Product positioning




COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS (SOCIAL MEDIA APPLICATION): ABOUT WIKIPEDIA, THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA


Product Number: BH629
Publication Date: 9/15/2014
Length: 10 pages

Collaborative projects--defined herein as social media applications that enable the joint and simultaneous creation of knowledge-related content by many end-users--have only recently received interest among a larger group of academics. This is surprising since applications such as wikis, social bookmarking sites, online forums, and review sites are probably the most democratic form of social media and reflect well the idea of user-generated content. The purpose of this article is to provide insight regarding collaborative projects; the concept of wisdom of crowds, an essential condition for their functioning; and the motivation of readers and contributors. Specifically, we provide advice on how firms can leverage collaborative projects as an essential element of their online presence to communicate both externally with stakeholders and internally among employees. We also discuss how to address situations in which negative information posted on collaborative projects can become a threat and PR crisis for firms.

Issues: Social media;Collaboration;External communication;Crisis management



Chapter 11:
Content Marketing: Publishing Articles, White Papers and E-Books

JILL'S TABLE: DIGITIZING A RETAIL LEGACY
Raymond Pirouz, Janice Zolf

Product Number: 9B14A002
Publication Date: 3/20/2014
Revision Date: 3/20/2014
Length: 12 pages

The founder of a bricks-and-mortar kitchen accessories retail store, Jill's Table, is considering the expansion of her existing information-based website to an e-commerce presence, but wonders whether the factors that have led to her current success can be replicated in the virtual world. Students are asked to make decisions related to translating brand values from the real world to the virtual world; overcoming technological hurdles; addressing design issues in terms of the user experience; developing a content marketing and digital promotions strategy, including social media and email marketing; determining a pricing strategy; planning for fulfillment and returns; handling customer service and measuring performance.

Teaching Note: 8B14A002 (3 pages)
Industry: Retail Trade
Issues: Online retailing; etailing; ecommerce; Internet marketing; Canada
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



PLBSEARCH: GROWING WITH LINKEDIN


Product Number: UVAM0858
Publication Date: 11/5/2013
Revision Date: 2/18/2015
Length: 10 pages

This case is used in Darden's Digital Marketing course elective. It explores the experience of a niche search firm whose founder attributed her ability to open her recruiting firm to LinkedIn and the new model of recruiting it created. LinkedIn Corporation had been one of the most successful companies in the digital media space, with more than 4,000 employees and a market capitalization of over $25.5 billion in August 2013. But few people knew how LinkedIn had grown and how it had become profitable. LinkedIn had multiple unique aspects to explore: its focus on professional--not simply personal--social interaction, the company's B2B components, and also its marketing positioning from user experience to targeting and growth strategy.

Industry: Other Services
Issues: digital marketing, B2B marketing, social networking, Internet, strategy, business-to-business marketing, recruit, interview, staffing, professional staffing, HR, human resources, headhunter, head hunter, LinkedIn, Linked In



Chapter 12:
Mobile Marketing on Social Networks

THE 2006 WORLD CUP: MOBILE MARKETING AT ADIDAS (A)
Andy Rohm, Fareena Sultan, David T.A. Wesley

Product Number: 9B07A016
Publication Date: 10/4/2007
Revision Date: 2/26/2010
Length: 14 pages

The manager of Mobile Media for adidas International is debating what to do, given the sparse amount of traffic to date at the adidas FIFA World Cup mobile portal. By February, there had been only 3,000 visits to the mobile site, compared to the one million visits predicted earlier based on the previous success of a Lucas Films Star Wars mobile campaign. Given that the World Cup is a global event viewed by millions of people in person and more than one billion TV viewers worldwide, it represents a global stage for adidas to promote its brand and communicate its continued involvement and leadership in the sport of football. The manager of Mobile Media is worried that the brand's mobile efforts for this major event could fail miserably.

Teaching Note: 8B07A16 (7 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: China; International Marketing; Telecommunication Technology; Marketing Communication; Marketing Channels; Northeastern
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



BRAND IN THE HAND: MOBILE MARKETING AT ADIDAS
Andy Rohm, Fareena Sultan, David T.A. Wesley

Product Number: 9B05A024
Publication Date: 9/26/2005
Revision Date: 5/23/2017
Length: 22 pages

The Global Media manager for adidas International is responsible for developing and championing a new marketing strategy at adidas called brand in the hand that is based on the convergence of cell phones and wireless Internet. The case presents company background information, data on the penetration of mobile devices such as cell phones, the growth of global mobile marketing practices, and several mobile marketing communications campaigns that adidas launched in 2004, such as a mobile newsticker for the 2004 European soccer championship. The case then introduces a specific campaign - Respect M.E. - featuring Missy Elliott, a popular female hip-hop artist, and discusses the company's mobile marketing strategy to support MissyElliott's new line of sportswear. This case can be used to highlight the role of new technology in overall marketing strategy and integrated marketing communications.

Teaching Note: 8B05A24 (13 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Marketing Channels; Marketing Communication; International Marketing; Telecommunication Technology; Northeastern
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 13:
Social Media Monitoring

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: MEASURING SOCIAL MEDIA RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Miranda R. Goode, Daniel Samosh

Product Number: 9B12A015
Publication Date: 5/17/2012
Revision Date: 5/18/2012
Length: 10 pages

In August 2011, the digital strategist at Online Advertisers, a small digital media company (web development, affiliate marketing, and social media management), was faced with finalizing a value proposition for a new social media marketing division, Online Advertisers Social. Online Advertisers was a creativity-driven company. Data and analytic capabilities were generally not the reason why clients worked with Online Advertisers. Online Advertisers attracted clients by being young, in touch with trends, energetic, and creative. However, clients (especially larger clients) wanted analytics — metrics that could be used to objectively quantify returns on social media investment. The digital strategist saw an opportunity to position Online Advertisers Social as a social media company that offered smaller businesses insights into their target markets that they would not otherwise have access to due to budget constraints.

The digital strategist needed to create a value proposition that balanced an analytics focus with Online Advertisers’ creative marketing and design. The company was too small to offer a large-scale competitive analytical package, and had relied too heavily on intuition in the past to create a competitive data-based social media package. The digital strategist went through the nuances of social media management, including campaign management and community management, and the issue of offering services related to the measurement of social media ROI in a rapidly growing and maturing industry.


Teaching Note: 8B12A015 (4 pages)
Industry: Other Services
Issues: Web Development; Social Media; Metrics; Analytics; Value Proposition Development; Business to Business; Consumer Insights; Canada
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



SCI ONTARIO: ACHIEVING, MEASURING AND COMMUNICATING STRATEGIC SUCCESS
Neil Bendle

Product Number: 9B14A067
Publication Date: 11/7/2014
Revision Date: 11/7/2014
Length: 12 pages

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Toronto that assists people with spinal cord injuries to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. In early 2014, the marketing manager is trying to understand how best to assess performance against the organization’s crucial but hard-to-measure goal of becoming the expert on living with a spinal cord injury in the province of Ontario. In addition, she wishes to develop a reporting system based on the indicators laid out in the existing balanced scorecard. This monthly dashboard will allow the new chief executive officer to manage the organization using a summary sheet of measures that highlights how it is performing on critical dimensions. She faces two crucial questions: How should internal reporting be performed? What would being successful at community leadership look like and how can performance against this goal be monitored?

Teaching Note: 8B14A067 (6 pages)
Industry: Social Advocacy Organizations
Issues: Dashboard; not-for-profit management; accounts; balanced scorecard; Canada
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 14:
Tools for Managing the Social Media Marketing Effort

HOOTSUITE: MONETIZING THE SOCIAL MEDIA DASHBOARD
Raymond Pirouz, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B12A058
Publication Date: 11/22/2012
Revision Date: 11/22/2012
Length: 18 pages

HootSuite is one of the fastest growing SaaS (Software as a Service) social media dashboards on the market. The company’s vice-president of business development needs to determine the best strategy for segmenting and monetizing HootSuite users. He needs to introduce a tiered pricing plan that generates revenues without alienating users.

Teaching Note: 8B12A058 (8 pages)
Industry: Information, Media & Telecommunications
Issues: Social Media; Digital Marketing Strategy; Monetization; Growth; Pricing Strategy; Canada
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



PORSCHE: HARNESSING SOCIAL MEDIA
Dante Pirouz, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B14A060
Publication Date: 11/7/2014
Revision Date: 7/20/2015
Length: 4 pages

The marketing director of an advertising agency is considering marketing options to present to Porsche Canada. The goal is to generate sales of Porsche vehicles in Canada by using social media to highlight the fact that Porsches can be driven in winter conditions. The objective of this program, which includes a variety of social media tools and messages, augments Porsche Car Canada’s traditional marketing campaign of billboards, event sponsorships and print ads in premium publications. The marketing director faces resource constraints: he has only a three-person marketing team and the limited marketing budget means the program can likely focus on only three distinctive social media vehicles. In addition, much of Porsche's social media efforts are run out of the United States. The marketing director needs to work within these constraints to build a social media campaign with a Canadian focus.

Teaching Note: 8B14A060 (5 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Technology in marketing; traditional; branding; messages; local; Canada
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA


Chapter 15:
Social Media Marketing Plan

TESLA MOTORS: BURNING UP THE ROAD TO MARKET DOMINATION OR DOOM
Dante Pirouz, Karam Putros

Product Number: 9B13A050
Publication Date: 2/4/2014
Revision Date: 4/16/2014
Length: 10 pages

Ten years after its founding, California-based Tesla Motors is close to becoming one of the world’s premier luxury car manufacturers. Its innovative design — using carbon fibre and aluminum rather than steel to construct body and parts — and technology — lithium ion battery packs rather than gasoline for power and a simple powertrain to provide maximum acceleration — make its models treasured options for eco-friendly and tech-savvy consumers as well as wealthy professionals. Relying almost entirely on word-of-mouth promotion through social media, the company sells its cars through factory stores in upscale malls rather than through dealerships and has built service centres to provide free battery charging. However, just as it is expanding into Europe and Asia and is contemplating buying its own factory to secure its battery supply, three of its cars have burst into flames following collisions, although no one has been injured. In addition, analysts claim that the company has been covering up its lack of cash flow by using non-generally accepted accounting principles for reporting its revenue. The CEO knows that the company has tremendous potential but is struggling with public relations problems arising from the crashes and questions about its financial stability and return on investment to investors.

Teaching Note: 8B13A050 (4 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Electric cars; premium; sales; public relations; United States
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA



SWEET LEAF BATH CO.
Melissa Jean

Product Number: 9B13A044
Publication Date: 2/4/2014
Revision Date: 1/27/2014
Length: 15 pages

Sweet Leaf Bath Co. is a small, family-operated bath and body products company specializing in fairtrade, environmentally conscious products. The company progressed from initially selling its high-quality, unique products at craft shows and exhibitions to limited sales through local retailers. Through these sales channels, Sweet Leaf’s founding partners learned more about the bath and body industry and the international issues surrounding the sourcing of many raw ingredients used in their products. However, after a year of minimal sales growth, the partners realized that they needed to develop and implement a new marketing strategy that would enable them to grow the business. Out of the many options available to expand the company’s distribution plans and promotional efforts, its owners must select those opportunities that will offer maximum benefits on a limited budget.

Teaching Note: 8B13A044 (18 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Planning; channels; breakeven analysis; fairtrade; Canada
Difficulty: 2 - Intro/Undergraduate