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AEREN FOUNDATION'S Maharashtra Govt. F-11724 A N I S O 9 0 0 1 : 2 0 0 0 C E R T I F I E D I N T E R N A T I O N A L B -S C H O O L MARKS: 80 SUB:...


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1. Visit the Web site of The Weather Channel (www.weather.com) Write a report about the type of information available at this site.
2. Identify other potential sources of information about the weather.
3. Discuss the role of qualitative research in identifying consumer’s needs for weather-related information. Which qualitative research techniques should be used?
4. If a survey were to be conducted to determine consumer preferences for weather-related information, which interviewing method would you recommend? Why?
5. Can observation methods be used to determine consumer preferences for weather-related information? If so, which observational methods would you use? Why?
AEREN FOUNDATION’S Maharashtra Govt. Reg. No.: F-11724 MARKS: 80 SUB: ADVERTISING N.B.: 1) Attempt any Four cases 2) All cases carries equal marks. NO. 1 THE FORECAST IS SUNNY FOR THE WEATHER CHANNEL  When The Weather Channel, the first 24 – hour all – weather network, began broadcasting in 1982, it quickly became the object of mockery. “Many in the industry ridiculed us, suggesting that the only type of advertiser we would attract would be a raincoat company or a galoshes company,” remembers Michael Eckert, The Weather Channel’s CEO. Besides pondering where advertising support would come from, critics questioned what kind of audience was going to tune in to a channel that boasts wall-to-wall weather, a topic that sounds as interesting as staring at wallpaper. So far, the answers to these questions have been quite surprising. In its over twenty years of broadcasting, the channel has gained support from a cadre of deep-pocket advertisers, which include Buick, Motorola, and Campbell’s Soup. In 2003, the Weather Channel reached more than 83 million U.S. households in Latin America under the name, El Canal del Tiempo. According to The Weather Channel’s Vice-president of strategic marketing, Steven Clapp, “There might have been a time when people weren’t willing to admit that they were viewers. Now people are proud to say they watch us. Research shows that we are (gaining A N I S O 9 0 0 1 : 2 0 0 0 C E R T I F I E D I N T E R N A T I O N A L B - S C H O O L
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ratings), although it’s difficult to isolate why.” A major event linked to the increase in popularity of the network is the extensive brand building effort that started in the spring of 1995. Although some viewers will always see the weather as just a commodity, promise for making the presentation of weather forecasts into something brandable lies in a growing segment of “Weather – engaged” viewers, viewers who tune in regularly and ones that the network wants to reach. “Viewers know that they can turn to us for quality forecast and weather expertise. What we’re trying to do is take it one step further and emotionally bond with the viewer,” says Clapp. Hayes Roth, a branding expert, agrees that branding the channel helps build stronger ties to viewers and advertisers. The company’s efforts have spanned from improving the network’s products, extending The Weather Channel name to related products, and a promotional blitz. The network, whose slogan declares that “no place on Earth has better weather,” went beyond providing just expert forecasts to create lines of programming tailored to retaining viewer interest. The network uses a staff of more than 100 meteorologists to analyze National Weather Service data and prepare 4,000 localized forecasts. While these local reports are the channel’s mainstays, new features have crept in that have had the effect of stretching the average viewing time from 11 minutes to approximately 14 minutes, with some fanatical individuals watching for hours at a time. These new features act to expand what constitutes the channel’s weather information and spark the interest of the average viewer beyond the routine weather topics. For example, “The Skiers Forecast” spotlights conditions on ski slopes. The Weather Channel has worked with the National Football League to prepare specialized game day forecasts. Playing off a recent upsurge in interest in the weather among audiences, the network has presented features such as The Chase, a program about people who chase tornadoes, and Forecast for Victory, a one-hour long show that looked at the role of weather in deciding significant battles of World War II. These features keep certain segments of the market glued to the station for more than just the weather forecast. In order to create more brand awareness and to keep weather forecasts and weather updates as accurate as possible. The Weather Channel and the U.S. Navy teamed up to share information in 2001. The Weather Channel now has access to the Navy’s sophisticated
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