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A notable fast-food company such as Macdonald targets primarily the younger generation вЂ" вЂ?Happy Meals’ for children aged 5-10, featuring children in its societal programmes(1) to possibly give parents the idea that MacDonald cares for children вЂ" MacDonald also has a вЂ?Moms Panel’(17) and uses “cartoons, toys, schools, charities and even parents to reach its youngest customers”(18). But why children? They do not have the buying power nor the ability to consume as much as adults and thus bringing in more sales. The focus on children could be a strategic move as children are impressionable and setting a good impression would be important as today’s children are the tomorrow’s future вЂ" the concept of customer equity.

The other primary segment would be teenagers. Out of the four Ps вЂ" price, product, place and promotion вЂ", in terms of product, place and promotions it is marketed in a more вЂ?hip and cool’ way. For example the products are westernised and promoted with the slogan вЂ?I’m Loving It’(2). Moreover MacDonald/MacCafe outlets are located at prime areas in Singapore, such as Marina Square and Takashimaya where teenagers would be most likely to be at(3).Therefore, I conclude that teenagers are the second part of the targeted primary segment.

Another target segment would be Muslims, MacDonald’s foods are all halal certified.(5)

Other then age, I feel, in terms of buying behaviour, despite the somewhat high price, teenagers are enticed as burgers and fries are western based, less of a hassle to consume вЂ" compared to hawker centre food вЂ", being greeted by a contemporary dining experience with facilities like Wi-Fi access, cashless payment(4) and a wide menu to choose from. Another target minor segment would be Muslims, as MacDonald’s foods are all halal certified to meet the needs of the Muslim minorities.(5)

2)Needs are essentially state of felt deprivation, needs are basically part of a human make up. Basic needs include physical, social and individual needs. Physical needs are like food, clothes and shelter. Social needs are like affection and sense of belonging, whereas individual needs are like knowledge and self-expression.

For example, as far as physical needs go, a MacDonald consumer’s need in contemporary goes beyond food. But rather a contemporary dining experience with facilities such as Wi-Fi access, music, air-conditioner, a wide menu to choose from or a place that is opened for 24 hours вЂ" inclusive of food, shelter and amenities. These needs are possibly due the fact that laptops are becoming a necessity and Wi-Fi access is needed вЂ" this is a case where businesses adept as Wi-Fi is a form that is shaped by culture -, moreover MacDonalds is no longer just a restaurant, it is now more of a вЂ?hang out spot’ вЂ" where people simply sit around. (6)

The needs of those aged 5-10 however are much different; parents need a “wider choice of wholesome sides and drinks available to encourage their children to eat healthy”(7). Furthermore according to appendix 7, “customers are increasingly concerned about eating well, living well.” ; with Singaporeans being more health conscience, parents would want their children to eat healthy.

As for the Muslim community, their needs include the former but requiring their food to be halal. (8) There is also the need for convenience, which includes delivery вЂ" which is common вЂ" in contemporary and foods that are easy to unwrap and consume.

3)Marketing offers fulfil consumer’s needs and wants, they are combinations of products, services, information or experience offered to a market вЂ" or rather advertised вЂ" to satisfy a need or want. However marketing offers


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