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|Title:||Kulula.com: now anyone can fly in South Africa|
|Author(s):||Stephanie Townsend (Case Writer at Wits Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa), Geoff Bick (Professor at Wits Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa)|
|Citation:||Stephanie Townsend, Geoff Bick, "Kulula.com: now anyone can fly in South Africa", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies Collection, (2011)|
|Keywords:||Advertising, Africa, Airlines, Market segmentation, Marketing strategy, Target markets|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/20450621111126792 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||Disclaimer. This case is written solely for educational purposes and is not intended to represent successful or unsuccessful managerial decision making. The author/s may have disguised names; financial and other recognizable information to protect confidentiality.|
Title – Kulula.com: now anyone can fly in South Africa.
Subject area – Marketing.
Study level/applicability – This case can be used in a principles of marketing course, at Introductory, Executive or MBA level, it is particularly suitable as a case on promotions policy as one of the 4-P's, to illustrate the role of marketing communications as part of an integrated marketing strategy, or to illustrate the building of a service brand.
Case overview – The case illustrates a number of practical marketing issues: the marketing challenges of launching a budget airline: gaining high visibility and awareness with a relatively low share of voice; the relationship between an organisation and its advertising agency; the requirement to maintain a consistent marketing strategy over time, but to adapt the execution as market dynamics impact the consumer. Given the dynamics of most industries, kulula.com cannot afford to be complacent, as new entrants are always on the horizon. The dilemma facing Gidon Novick and his team is to rethink the sustainability of its current strategy, how to grow and protect its position, as well as the relationship with its advertising agency and its communication strategy – is a more relevant campaign or a new agency required to keep the marketing communications interesting and current?
Expected learning outcomes – The expected learning outcomes are: to analyse the success of communications campaigns; to explore the issue of client/agency relationships; to understand brand building strategies, how to create a distinctive position, and how to build a services brand; To understand the key success factors for a low-fare niche positioning strategy, and to examine the sustainability of this low-fare strategy; and to identify some product line extension opportunities for kulula.com.
Supplementary materials – Teaching note.
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