You are the President of the Turkey Farmers Association of Australia, which consists of sole operators, small producers and four big producers who have their own marketing teams
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Case study: You are the President of the Turkey Farmers Association
of Australia, which consists of sole operators, small producers and four
big producers who have their own marketing teams. The Turkey Farmers
Association of Australia wants to launch an Australia-wide media
campaign to encourage Australians to think of eating turkey every day
and not just at Christmas,
so that turkey producers can expand their sales. Turkey would be
portrayed as a healthy alternative to red meat and chicken while being
an inexpensive and versatile meal. Each member of the Turkey Farmers
Association of Australia were
asked for their opinions about the ideas for the campaign. Most smaller
producers were happy to go along with the others, but the four major
producers submitted marketing proposals.
“Company 1: There is so much advertising these days, if we really want people to put turkey on the
table they need to see or hear our ads several times so that the message sinks in.
Company 2: Most people do shopping on Thursdays or Saturdays so we should use the budget to run
radio ads on those two days so people will hear it on their way to the supermarket.
Company 3: The goal should be to get as many people as possible to see our ad at least once. We
should compare the CPM (the advertising bought on the basis of impression) across TV, radio,
newspapers and magazines, and pick options that gives us the biggest bang for our buck and then
schedule ads evenly across all days of the week.
Company 4: A combination of direct marketing, in-store samples, and a Facebook group would help
us develop an ongoing dialogue without customers. Also using those media would make it easier for
us to track the success of the campaign” (Sharp, 2017, p. 547).
The solution you decide to implement as the President is entirely your decision, you may choose one
of the suggested company strategies above or combine up a maximum of three different strategies
due to budget constraints or make an executive decision which uses none of this information. It is the
communication from you, as President, to your members that is the important consideration, not the
actual marketing strategy itself. Issues you need to address in your memo to your members:
- Members have previously complained that they were not being asked for their opinions and
decisions made by the Turkey Farmers Association of Australia were not communicated to members,
as the first members knew a decision had been made, was when members saw the decision being
talked about or advertisements were shown in the media. Therefore, the Turkey Farmers Association
of Australia has issues of internal communication.
- Members of the Turkey Farmers Association of Australia are located throughout Australia which
also makes communication difficult and holding a meeting of all members at the same time almost
impossible. However, each member’s opinion was sought for the new campaign and each member
had a month to comment and give feedback on this campaign to the Turkey Farmers Association of
- Emails sent from the Turkey Farmers Association of Australia are also seen to be unprofessional.
Due to budget restrictions, many staff are casually employed and student work placements, where
students are not paid for their work, are very important to keep the office of the Turkey Farmers
Association of Australia running.
With these problems in mind, you undertake research in order to understand these problems more
specifically and come up with logical and practical recommendations to solve these problems. As you
refine your knowledge of these problems you narrow each one down to one specific issue. So for
example for problem one, the issue could be that the members do not understand why decisions are
being made. For problem two, the issue could be that members do not feel comfortable asking about
decisions made by the Turkey Farmers Association of Australia. As you develop your
recommendations you make sure that you clearly link the problems to the solutions (as articulated
within the recommendations). Having this information, you now write a memo to all of the members of
the Turkey Farmers Association of Australia. You will write the memo based upon the following
2) Objectives and background
a) Describe the communication audit process
b) Specific purpose
c) General purpose
a) Problem one—quantitative and qualitative significance
b) Problem two—quantitative and qualitative significance
c) Problem three—quantitative and qualitative significance
4) Action steps to solve the problems
a) Problem one
b) Problem two
c) Problem three
a) Briefly outline a synopsis of the memo
b) Explain the benefit of compliance to the member/employee and/or organisation.
c) Offer assistance and provide contact details
6) References—APA style.
This is a structural guideline that helps you develop your assessment and does not need to be
included in your final submission.
Reference: Sharp, B. (2017), Marketing: theory, evidence, practice, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press,
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