Country Manager focuses on the issues of international market entry and expansion. In CountryManager, students will learn the importance of targeting consumer segments and how to best position brands for the chosen segments. Students will gain experience in market entry, segmentation and targeting, along with the 4Ps in an international context. Two scenarios are available for different regions: Latin America or Asia.
International Marketing & International Business
MarketShare, our Marketing Principles simulation, places the participants into a dynamic, simulated business environment of the packaged goods industry. Students take the role of the brand management team in an over-the-counter cold medicine group of their firm, learning about different aspects of marketing – from product design and pricing to advertising and selling.
Marketing Principles & Introduction to Marketing
As an introduction to marketing simulation, NewShoes covers marketing concepts at a basic level by focusing on the roles of price, product, promotion, and place. Student teams manage the marketing decisions for a simulated athletic shoe company and compete against one another to become the industry leader in market share and profitability.
Introduction to Marketing & Marketing Principles
PharmaSim is a marketing management simulation that gives students experience with brand management using the over-the-counter cold medicine industry. Students will explore and analyze rich customer and competitor data, wrestle with their marketing mix, and strive to create awareness for their products.
Introduction to Marketing & Marketing Principles
StratSimMarketing is a comprehensive marketing strategy simulation based on the automobile industry that demonstrates the impact of marketing decisions on the other functional areas of the business. Marketing strategy is at the core of all decisions in the simulation. Teams target consumer segments and B2B opportunities based on market attractiveness and core competencies, using advanced marketing research techniques such as conjoint analysis, perceptual mapping, and concept testing to identify their customers’ needs and interest.
Introduction to Marketing & Marketing Principles
Our prices range from $29.95 through $49.95 per user for academic use. Our simulations are affordable and effective!
4Ps, Market Segmentation, Consumer Behavior; Marketing Mix, Channel Management, Distribution, Market Entry.
Simulation Results; Quizzes; Online Peer Evaluation; Assignments; Mini-Cases. e-books.
We offer fully administered simulations, which means we take care of all the simulation logistics
Students in my classes learn significantly more, and retain their new knowledge longer, when they have the opportunity to put learning to use. I have found business simulation games to be an excellent way to put knowledge to active use in my online classes, especially as online classes do not allow for face-to-face interaction as a classroom situation does.
I have used PharmaSim in MBA classes for several years and found it a great method for enhanced and enriched learning. This is the first time using it with Undergrads and it turned out so well that I regret not using it sooner.
Country Manager provides, through an experiential learning platform, an immersion into the role and responsibilities of marketing and brand managers. From a department perspective, the Country Manager experience has increased the marketing acumen of our average MBA student and has also has resulted in a greater number of students who express an interest in pursuing a marketing career. Working with Interpretive has been delightful. Their support staff has been super- their response time to correct student issues has been remarkable and have exceeded my expectation on all “service” dimensions.
The CountryManager simulation is an adventure in experiential learning. It provides students with all the skills they would need to take a firm and a product suite to Latin America or Asia. It is versatile enough that students can implement a variety of strategies. More abstractly, it provides students with the experience of competing on innovation. They create innovation, introduce it to a new system that reacts to it, and compete with it. The Interpretive staff are like collaborative partners. And even better, you work with the same people over the semesters and years.
I used the Country Manager simulation last semester for the first time to teach a senior level International Marketing class. As teachers we tend to teach our students in a linear way, perhaps due to the fact that chapters in traditional text books are divided up by topic. One week we teach distribution, the next we teach cultural differences, the next pricing, etc. Using the simulation as the basis for the whole class enabled the students to get an understanding of how all the different variables interact and how important interdependent decision making becomes in the complex world of International marketing. It was a great experience for all concerned and I will be using it again next semester.
The most important part of a simulation is experiencing the outcomes of decisions that they would not otherwise experience without the simulation. Good or bad, students gain an understanding of the consequences of their decisions and are empowered by the results they generate. Even if the aftermath of a given round is not particularly successful, it provides an engaging and often riveting opportunity to diagnose what went wrong and correct these errors. This would not be possible without living through the highs and lows of consecutive rounds of decision making using Country Manager. The simulation brings the material to life, makes my students excited to learn and apply their knowledge in this highly realistic industry environment.
The depth and the realism of the Country Manager simulation obliges them to collaborate continually, to integrate and discuss their marketing knowledge and perceptions, and to learn to have confidence in students from other cultures. They are at times very surprised to learn that different cultures think very differently about markets and marketing decisions. They would not have had such an opportunity to personally grow in a simple case analysis or term project.
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I have used the MarketShare simulation for the past four years with over 200 students per year. The simulation fits perfectly into university and college of business engagement goals of providing activities that are student-centered approaches to learning that build on classroom lectures and materials to further develop professional and personal skills through application.
Simulations inject competition, consequences and the critical temporal variable into traditional case study analysis. It is as close to the real world business environment as you can get in a classroom. And it is fun. Today’s students are gamers. They love this online, competitive gaming situation. Simulations are a win-win for all.
I have used the StratSimMarketing simulation for several terms now in my MBA Marketing Strategy course at the University of South Florida Muma College of Business and students have been very pleased with it, especially as it helps them to apply the marketing management principles they learned in other courses.
With the simulation students start to understand how system works, instead of looking at each discipline in isolation. They realize the importance of environmental scanning and understanding what competition, government, and nature will do and how this will influence their business. Finally, the simulation points out to students that success does not happen overnight. They have to work hard and be persistent in their efforts in order to achieve their goals.
I am writing to express my appreciation to the Interpretive Team for the terrific support you provided (again) to my students and me. Having used the simulation in three previous classes, I continue to greatly appreciate the assistance and guidance providing by your organization. Thank you very much!
The simulation is terrific in that it provides class members the opportunity to experience the role of a Marketing manager – considering all of the aspects of leading a brand – both internal factors (4Ps) and also the external environment with the ability to purchase marketing research and track the results of competitors. The simulation doesn’t just reinforce the topics we cover in class; rather by involving students in the decisions, the simulation provides both a rational and emotional connection which will yield in longer term benefits in subsequent classes and their careers.
One of the most frequent questions in my intro marketing MBA class was “How can we apply material we are learning in real life?” To answer this question I used business cases, discussed real marketing problems that got coverage in mass media, brought guest speakers from local companies… Still I felt that the question was only partially answered for my students who did not have marketing experience. New Shoes simulation helped me to finally introduce experiential learning element in my class. New Shoes simulation is a good reflection of what marketers do in real life and I am very satisfied to use it in my class.
NewShoes simulation allowed me to introduce something extraordinarily valuable to the classroom, experiential learning. Students end the course with a real appreciation of a well-developed marketing plan, the value of marketing research, the importance of consistency, and real life challenges business executives encounter every day.