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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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Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

Happy 60th birthday to Barbie!

Launched at the New York Toy Fair at a price of $3.00 way back in 1959, today’s Barbie dolls have taken new shapes, sizes, colors, and careers into their stride. While Barbie has often been criticized, the original vision for Barbie – to encourage girls to think about their futures – still holds today. The doll’s original figure (tall, busty, Caucasian) is also still around, but it has also been broadened and diversified to fit today’s girls and society.

Today’s Barbie dolls include four different body types, seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles, and an extensive wardrobe of clothes, accessories, houses, and cars. Barbie has had dozens of careers. She is not only a fashionista, she embraces careers such as actress, politicians, doctors, athletes,  artists, journalists, mountaineers, activists, astronauts, teachers, and more. There simply is no limit to what Barbie – and girls – can accomplish. Barbie is equally at home in a robotics lab as she is on a farm.

And now Barbie is also taking on gender gap in The Dream Gap Project. Beginning at age five, many girls develop limiting beliefs about themselves and what they can accomplish. By age seven, girls are more likely to think that boys are smarter than girls. Barbie is taking this on by showing role model dolls who illustrate what is possible.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss the product life cycle.
  2. Where does Barbie fit in the life cycle?
  3. How does the toy remain relevant?
  4. Show video of Barbie history: https://youtu.be/DXFVaYTI3uQ
  5. Show Barbie Web site: https://barbie.mattel.com/en-us/about/role-models.html?icid=home_body-2_module_role-models_p1
  6. Show the Dream Gap Project site: https://barbie.mattel.com/en-us/about/dream-gap.html
  7. Divide students into team. What else can Mattel do with Barbie?

Source: Klara, R. (25 February 2019). Here’s how much Barbie has changed since her debut almost 60 years ago.

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53rd Super Bowl (2019)

The Super Bowl has become one of the premier venues for marketers. The thrills, the chills, the excitement and surprises – and that’s just the advertisements! At a cost of $5 million for 30 seconds of air time, the Super Bowl is also the most expensive advertising placement of any event or show. Add the costs of designing and producing ads, plus the integration into other marketing tactics, and a company can easily spend upwards of $6 million at a single event.

Love them or hate them, Super Bowl advertisements have become a talking point during and after the game. It’s a big stage, and can also be a big risk. This year it had an audience of 98.2 million viewers and a 41.1 U.S. household rating in 49.3 million homes. While still large, this was the lowest viewing in 10 years. However, days later we are still watching ads, arguing about them, and measuring results.

Watch the ads – which ad is your favorite?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Bring up one of the Web sites that have all the Super Bowl ads: https://www.ispot.tv/events/2019-super-bowl-commercials
  2. Divide students into teams. Have each team select a Super Bowl ad to analyze and present in class.
  3. What is the target market, key message, and offer from the ad?
  4. How does the ad integrate with a company’s other advertisements?
  5. Are the messages integrated with a company’s Web site and social media?
  6. As a class, after each commercial have students assign one to five stars for the advertisements. Which advertisement won the class vote?

Source:  Ad Week, CBS, iSpot.tv, Nielsen, other news sources

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