Subject: Business / Marketing
Week 2 Writing Assignment It has to be about Dr. Pepper soft drinks Learning Outcomes
Creating Value for Customers: Student can demonstrate an understanding of the concept of value creation
The Role of the Customer in the Company’s Strategic Planning. Student can assess the company’s com
as evidenced in a company’s mission statement.
SWOT analysis: Student can conduct a simple SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Thr
offering and draw inferences from an analysis of the results.
Competitive Analysis: Student can conduct a simple competitive analysis based on criteria important to the
Select your product or service offering from the list in the Writing Assignment Discussion Forum. This list is also
product/service will be used in all of the writing assignments.
Research your product or service offering through the Internet and UMUC’s virtual library (your references will n
sources. See library services if you do not know what an academic source means). Do not limit yourself to sear
service name. Look up the industry it is in (Hoovers.com is a good source for this via the UMUC library) and sea
Look up the direct competitors. Check industry journals and the trade press. Ask your family, friends, coworker
about the product and each of the competitors. You may want to visit a retailer to compare the products on the
websites. Keep all your research as you will need it for future writing assignments.
Prepare your assignment beginning with a title page with your name and and the name of your product or servi
following four questions in order and number the beginning of your response to each question. You do not need
Creating Value for Customers. Consider the customers you believe currently use your product or service and
offered in the course content. As we begin our study of marketing, what are your preliminary thoughts as to ho
creates value for its customers based on the concepts in this week’s readings.
Role of the Customer in the Company’s Strategic Plan. The readings indicate that the best marketing be that commitment to the customer begins with including the customer in the company’s mission statement. Fin
statement. Repeat it (or attach as an exhibit if it is too long) and comment on its effectiveness in demonstratin
to having a customer focus. Could the mission statement have more focus on the customer? How would you re
it supported with value statements or other evidence of a customer focus?
SWOT analysis. Identify at least one element of each of the SWOT categories (a strength, a weakness, an opp
Explain your choice using a citation if needed. Then identify possible implications for each of the four elements
a a strong national brand name, the implication is that the company may be able to launch other related produ
umbrella of the same brand name. Conversely, if a major weakness is the company is carrying a lot of debt, the
company not not be able to achieve significant growth, but may have to consider retrenchment strategies.
Competitive Analysis. Identify at least two major competitors or those two products that are trying to sell ess
the same type of consumer. Then, identify at least three criteria that are important to those consumers when t
as to which of the three competing offers to buy (e.g. price, specific benefit, service, warranty, convenience, sp
little chart with the three criteria along the left-hand side and the competitor products (including your own prod
each of the products on a scale from 1= low to 5= high on each performs on each of the three criteria. Add dow
product ranked highest overall based on the sum of the columns. Then, look at the highest score in each of the
products ranked the highest on each of the three criteria? Was it the same product, was it three different produ
you about the competitive environment of your product category. Which product is the leader? Which product
nicher if those categories apply? Attach your chart as an exhibit.
Part 2 – Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, Management and Empowerment
Customer empowerment. Student can identify how their chosen product or service offering uses social netw
empower customers to be part of the marketing process.
Customer satisfaction. Student can identify how customers communicate their satisfaction or dissatisfaction
Customer Relationship Management. Student can explain customer lifetime value and how a customer rela
program can have a role in attracting and retaining most valuable customers.
Directions You may want to find a Most Valuable Customer (MVC) of the product or service if you are not one yourself, or a
What is the evidence of an MVC of your product or service? It isn’t just that the customer regularly buys the pr
that the customer is treated differently — better — than other customers. It means that the MVC represents abo
revenues. These are the customers with whom the company regularly communicates, offers special deals, an
text and as you can find with just a little bit of googling on the internet.
You may want to calculate the lifetime value of a most valuable customer. See the discussion of the lifetime va
reading, and calculate the LTV using this simple equation: LTV = (Price – cost to produce the product) * number
of years expected to purchase – initial acquisition costs. For simplicity sake, you can assume your customer wil
for ten years and you can make an educated guess as to how much the initial acquisition costs were to get him
advertising or other types of promotion efforts. If you are not an MVC yourself, make and share your assumpti
you are not an MVC, you might want to find someone who is and ask them why they are loyal to the product or
company does for them that is special that they don’t do for other customers.
You may need call or visit a store to take a look at your product or service if the website does not provide you e
Answer the following four questions in order and number the beginning of your response to each question.
Customer Empowerment. How does your product or service offering empower its customers as discussed i
week? In other word, how are customers part of the marketing for the company? Identify the feedback vehicles
social media. Do the social media efforts seem to be creating buzz marketing? If not, what could they do to gen
Customer satisfaction. How does your product or service offering communicate ways for customers to expre
possible, outline what remedies the product or service may be taking to ensure satisfaction.
Customer Relationship Management. Does it appear that your product has a customer relationship manag
words, do they treat the top tier of customers differently than other customers? If so, what is your evidence? If
strategy? Or, are there compelling reasons why your product or service should treat all customers the same? R
concepts in your response.
they do enough to protect the customer’s privacy or what steps you might suggest they take to protect custom
privacy policies or the information on warranties and guarantees. The company’s customer support page migh
publish a remedy should the customer’s privacy be breached? Should they?
General Submission Requirements Prepare as a word processed document (such as Microsoft Word). Use a simple 12-point font such as Times New
majority of your work and only use colors if it enhances your ability to communicate your thoughts.
• Your assignment should be the equivalent of approximately five pages of double-spaced text, approximately
questions (four in Part 1 and four in Part 2). You may attach exhibits that will not be counted towards the page
The cover page and Bibliography page are not part of the five pages of written analysis.
• Be sure your name, writing assignment number, and the name of your product or service are on the cover pag
• Include a bibliography, which includes at least four references.
You may use MLA or APA style, or any other college-level style guide. More information about using a style guid
virtual library accessible from your LEO classroom or at umuc.edu/library.
• Upload your word processed document in your LEO assignments folder by the due date in the LEO calendar.
Refer to the grading rubric associated with the assignments. Be sure to note that 20% of your grade on this ass
grammar, composition, adherence to the submission requirements, and use of an appropriate college-level styl
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