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Motorcowboy: Getting a Foot in the Door (A)
Farris, Paul W.; Maddux, Robert; Harr, Timothy; Gray, Martha; Kanaparthi, Gautam; Shrivastava, Prateek; Weiss, Matthew; Pfeifer, Phillip E. Case M-0814 / Published August 9, 2011 / 10 pages.
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Product Overview

As part of the Google Online Marketing Challenge, a team of Darden students devises an AdWords campaign for Motorcowboy, an online source of custom footwear that caters to segments as varied as motorcycle police, cross-dressers, movie buffs, equestrians, and plus-size individuals. When an initial keyword list yields low traffic, the team must adapt its approach. This three-part case illustrates the segmentation process and the relative merits of paid search over traditional mass media outlets. It also serves to underscore the importance of monitoring and adapting any advertising plan.

Learning Objectives

Illustrate the process of segmenting a market based on customer type and developing an advertising program that targets each segment. Appreciate the mechanics of developing and maintaining a Google AdWords campaign. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of traditional mass media as compared to more targeted advertising such as paid search. Understand the process of developing an advertising plan, closely monitoring results, and adapting the plan in order to generate better results.

  • Overview

    As part of the Google Online Marketing Challenge, a team of Darden students devises an AdWords campaign for Motorcowboy, an online source of custom footwear that caters to segments as varied as motorcycle police, cross-dressers, movie buffs, equestrians, and plus-size individuals. When an initial keyword list yields low traffic, the team must adapt its approach. This three-part case illustrates the segmentation process and the relative merits of paid search over traditional mass media outlets. It also serves to underscore the importance of monitoring and adapting any advertising plan.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Illustrate the process of segmenting a market based on customer type and developing an advertising program that targets each segment. Appreciate the mechanics of developing and maintaining a Google AdWords campaign. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of traditional mass media as compared to more targeted advertising such as paid search. Understand the process of developing an advertising plan, closely monitoring results, and adapting the plan in order to generate better results.