Coolbuy.com’s Cool Business Model: Marketing Research Design Conundrum
This caselet enables to introduce the students/participants to the importance and process of formulating a Marketing Research Design. CoolBuy is an online market place player catering to the requirements of students living in hostels/apartments, with its unique business model. It clocked in good revenues through the first 3 quarters after the website went live on April 26th 2014. As, the fourth quarter’s sales fell considerably Satish Kaul, the Founder-CEO of CoolBuy, took advice from his faculty-mentor and was looking forward to a detailed Marketing Research Design that can probably provide insights into the reasons for the decreased sales and offer appropriate suggestions to increase the sales from the first quarter of 2015.
Prerequisite Conceptual Understanding
The students/participants must be encouraged to read the following as it would not only broaden the context of learning but would also provide appropriate perspectives on Marketing Research:
- • Naresh K. Malhotra and Satyabhushan Dash, “Research Design”, Marketing Research An Applied Orientation, 6th Edition, Pearson Education, 2010 – To understand the concept and types of research design (Exploratory and Conclusive) and the implications of each one
Case Positioning and Setting
This caselet can be used in:
MBA Program – Marketing Research Course – To introduce the participants/students to the concept of Marketing Research Design and the types of Research Design (Exploratory and Conclusive)
MDPs/EDPs – To familiarize the participants with the importance of Research Design
- I. What are the differences between Exploratory and Conclusive types of Marketing Research? Which of these two do you think would be most applicable to coolbuy.com’s Marketing Research Design?
- II. What is the importance of budgeting and scheduling for a Marketing Research Design project? What would be the appropriate Budgeting and Scheduling for coolbuy.com’s Marketing Research Design, based on the type of research chosen in the previous question?
- III. ...........
Preamble to this Caselet Analysis
This caselet’s purpose is to introduce the students/participants to the importance and process of drawing up a well-thought Marketing Research Design. Building on from the previous chapter (of defining an appropriate Marketing Research Problem), this caselet develops on the idea of drafting an effective Marketing Research Design, including Budgeting & Scheduling and preparing a comprehensive Marketing Research Proposal based on all these inputs. Accordingly, this caselet in the light of CoolBuy’s sales problem orchestrated the classroom analysis and discussion as shown in Exhibit (TN)-I:...............