Taco Bell’s New Hotel (for a limited time)

Taco Bell has very loyal customers. In fact, some customers love Taco Bell so much that they never want to leave! Unfortunately, there are store hours to maintain. But fear not Taco Bell loyalists – if you really want to live at Taco Bell, try its new boutique hotel called (appropriately) The Bell.

Yes, the Taco Bell Hotel and Resort opens this summer in Palm Springs! The resort is open for a limited time only, but promises a “destination inspired by tacos and fueled by fans.” According to the company, this will be the flavor getaway of the year as everything from the rooms, food, and cocktails will have a Taco Bell twist.

Feeling a little stressed? Then this is the place for Taco Bell lovers to relax. The on-site salon will offer nail art, fades, and a braid bar all inspired by the Taco Bell theme. Few details have been announced so far, but reservations open in June for the adult-only (18 and older) hotel.

This isn’t the only unique hotel in the new era of experiential marketing. There is also a Trivial Pursuit Hotel in Russia where guests get rooms, food, and more by correctly answering trivia questions!

Where do you want to stay?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Poll students: What are their hotel experiences?
  2. Discuss travel, hotels, resorts and what today’s young travelers are looking for in their hotels.
  3. Show the Taco Bell Hotel Web site: https://www.tacobell.com/the-bell-hotel
  4. Also show video for the Trivial Pursuit Hotel: https://youtu.be/TPLORyhEBGQ
  5. Divide students into teams: If they could design a new, experiential hotel, what would it be like?
  6. Have teams identify the target market and the marketing mix for their new hotel idea.
  7. Debrief the exercise and vote on which resort the class will visit!

Source: Griner, D. (16 May 2019). Taco Bell is opening a boutique branded hotel called the Bell. Ad Week.

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Schick Buys Harry’s for $1.37 Billion

The shaving industry is cut-throat (no pun intended) with fierce rivalries between Schick, Gillette, Unilever, and P&G. A few years ago, Unilever bought Dollar Shave Club for more than $1 billion. The deal gave Unilever access to a new market of online consumers for men’s grooming products. Last year, Procter & Gamble bought Walker & Co. which markets Bevel, a shaving brand focused on black consumers.

Not to be left behind, Schick has now announced a similar type of deal, buying shaving company Harry’s for $1.37 billion. Harry’s has roughly 2.6% of the men’s shaving industry, with Schick at 10% and Dollar Shave Club at 8.5%.

Harry’s differs from Dollar Shave Club as it has retailers such as Target and Walmart stocking its products on their shelves in addition to online sales. Harry’s also launched Flamingo as a new women’s grooming brand.

Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s built a direct-to-consumer business model which has been enthusiastically embraced by shoppers. Prices are lower, and connections are more easily built between the brands and the shoppers.

Where do you buy shaving products?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Poll students: Where do they buy razors and grooming products? Approximately how much do they spend each month on these?
  2. Discuss competition: what are the direct competitors for this product? Indirect competitors?
  3. View Schick’s Web site: https://www.schick.com/
  4. View Harry’s Web site: https://www.harrys.com/en/us
  5. View Flamingo’s Web site: https://www.shopflamingo.com
  6. View Bevel’s Web site: https://getbevel.com/
  7. Divide students into teams. Have each team analyze the one of the shaving Web sites.
  8. What are the points of difference? Key messages? Target market?

Source: Associated Press. Schick owner buys Harry’s in new shaving war alliance. (9 May 2019).

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Is Print Dead? Not According to These Magazines

With the proliferation of online information, Web sites, blogs, and ecommerce, it can be easy to underestimate the still powerful impact of the written word on paper. Far from being dead, print is re-emerging in new ways, new industries, and reaching select target markets. Some of the new magazines may surprise you. Companies that do business online are now using print publications to reach customers and explain their businesses, as well as entice customers to continue to buy from the online companies.

The companies producing these new magazines cover a number of area that may surprise you; lifestyle, pet care, travel, food, and more. Brands that have introduced new magazines include Bumble, Dollar Shave Club, Casper, and Airbnb. The publications are a way to expand the brand’s reach and retain customers’ interest. After all, when reading online, there are continual interruptions with pop-up ads, videos, and other digital noise. Compared to that, a print magazine seems like a soothing way to relax and explore new topics at our leisure.

The approach is not always an easy one for companies. According to Pew Research, roughly 93% of Americans not get some level of news online. However, this hasn’t stopped companies – in 2017 there were 134 new print magazines launched. These magazines tend to be focused on specific niches and target markets where consumers have focused queries and interests. Not everyone wants to read about puppies, or international travel, or music. But for the customers who do want that depth, magazines provide information and escape.

What do you want to read?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Poll students: Who reads magazines? Which ones, and why?
  2. Show some of the new magazines available:

Bumble mag: https://bumble.com/the-buzz/introducing-bumble-mag

Away: https://www.awaytravel.com/here-magazine

Casper: https://casper.com/woolly-magazine/

DSC: https://www.dollarshaveclub.com/content/story/author/melmag

Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/magazine

  1. Divide students into teams. Have each team examine a publication (online).
  2. Who is the target market?
  3. When do magazines make sense?
  4. Each team should next select a brand/company that might use a print magazine. For this company, have teams develop a magazine concept: Target market, editorial focus, possible articles, advertisers, etc.

Source: Jerde, S. (6 May 2019). Who said print was dead? What’s behind the proliferation of new titles. Advertising Age.

 

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