The Making of Godiva Gems From Luxury Expensive to Fast Casual business assignment help


This is a case study based test assignment.

Total word count is 800 (Part 1: 300 and Part 2: 500)


The Making of Godiva Gems:From Luxury & Expensive to Fast Casual Amendment of extract from Godiva Gems and Communispace for B2C Listening, Communispace, 2010. Source.Grewal&Levy,August2011

United States:

Faced with the recent severe economic down turn,the luxury chocolatier Godiva set out to determine how its customers in the United States were changing too. Godiva‘s premium products generally had been purchased and gifted only on special occasions. But in a members-only online community, called Chocolate Talk,Godiva asked  customers for their insights,in the hope of discovering where and when they buy chocolate—Godiva  or any other brand.

There sults?People buy Godiva for special occasions for others whom they care about or want to impress, especially during the holiday season and for their birthdays. But true chocolate connoisseurs still expressed their preference for premium chocolate, as opposed to lower end brands.Because Godiva sells in mall boutiques, purchasing the chocolates requires a special trip to the mall — acceptable for a special occasion but not for an impulse treat. Therefore, when chocolate lovers wanted to buy a treat for themselves, they bought premium chocolate from the grocery or drug store where they shopped regularly.

Buying chocolate for themselves and eating it all prompted feelings of guilt in a lot of these community members. Thus Godiva realized that  people enjoyed sharing chocolate with co-workers. In this setting, the individually wrapped offerings, such as Lindor Truffles and Ghirardelli Squares, were very appealing.

The company put all these insights together to arrive at a new product concept :premium chocolate, available in regular retail channels such as grocery stores, presented as individually wrapped treats. In so doing, Godiva also was encouraging a new consumer behaviour for its customers: casual purchases of luxury Godiva chocolates.

The new Godiva Gems, stand-up bags of individually wrapped truffles, are available at drug stores and grocery stores. The extensive, technology-enabled market research that Godiva under took in developing this product led to its widespread and great appeal. Godiva Gems may still sound luxurious, but they are not just for special occasions, nor just for others. They encourage treats for oneself, on a more frequent basis.


Your task for the Singapore market:

In consideration of the above information, you are required to make recommendations for the following key components of a marketing plan for Godiva Gems.

Part1:Segmentation-Targeting-Positioning  strategies

Part2:Marketing Mix Strategies

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