Question 33.33. (TCO 3) Imagine that you are creating a marketing plan for a company that will sell bikes. As you consider the marketing program, what types of strategy should you consider including in the plan? Propose one specific example of each type of strategy that you are considering, and present your rationale (reasoning) for your strategy selections.
Question 34.34. (TCO 1) In China, many people are removing their money from the state banks and lending it out themselves. The interest rate earned in a state bank account is about one half the rate of inflation. On the other hand, loaning money to friends, relatives, and even unrelated entrepreneurs can often earn the investor double or more over the inflation rate. The gray market, an underground network of investors and private businesses, moves the cash from lenders to businesses. Judge whether marketing occurred in this situation, and justify your conclusions. Appraise the effectiveness of government regulation in controlling markets.
Question 35.35. (TCO 4) You are the product manager responsible for a horrible product failure, but in your wisdom, you are evaluating why the product failed. What factors would you consider in your evaluation? What actions could you have taken to prevent the failure? Does product innovation need a willingness to accept failure?
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