Task
You are to play the role of a marketing communications consultant required to produce an outline integrated
marketing communications plan on behalf of a client. As a starting point, you will be provided with a
client briefing document (Netflix) in week 5. Workshop sessions from week 5 onwards are largely
dedicated to working on your assignment with your peers and with tutor support.
Your recommendations should be for advertising and marketing communications alone. Your report will
include the following sections:
ANALYSIS
• Brand analysis (10%) – approx 350 words
• Market analysis (10%) – approx 350 words
• Digital Visual Board (5%) – approx 100 words
RECOMMENDATIONS
• Objectives (10%) – approx 350 words
• Target audience selection and persona (10%) – approx 350 words
• Creative proposals (15%) – approx 500 words
• Media proposals (15%) – approx 500 words
• Evaluation proposals (15%) – approx 500 words
The final 10% of the marks will be allocated to the presentation quality of your written report (report format,
written English, referencing, relevant use of tables, diagrams and appendices).
Please refer to the faculty postgraduate grade descriptors/criteria on Blackboard for what constitutes a
pass, merit and distinction.
Report Tips
• A professionally produced report is expected i.e. headings, sub-headings, numbering system, page
numbers, reference/sources, tables/diagrams, appendices etc.
• Make use of spelling and grammar checking software
• Identify linkages between sections where appropriate.
• Ensure that all facts/data are fully sourced. You should use the Harvard referencing method (see
Faculty Harvard referencing guide on Blackboard).
• Justify your decisions/recommendations.
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Report Content – Guidance
Justifications should be given for all decisions and proposals and these should relate back to the client
brief and your analysis of the secondary data (see resources in assignment folder on Blackboard). The
outline plan should be fully integrated and demonstrate ‘joined up thinking’. The plan should include details
as indicated below:

  1. ANALYSIS
    Sources/Citations: You are expected to make use of the brand and market industry resources in each
    section. See Blackboard Assessment Resource Folder for links to resources.
    You will have to investigate the nature of the situation before communications proposals can be made.
    The primary aim of your analysis should be to gain insight i.e. gain a deeper understanding of the
    situation/relevant issues. This is equivalent to playing the role of Account Planner and is an important
    part of the total marketing communications process. The main purpose and use of this analysis, in practice,
    would be to gain strategic insight in order to brief the rest of the agency team, and in particular, the
    creatives and media planners.
    Your analysis needs to highlight the key issues that are specific to the communications task set. In
    particular, this section should focus on all major and relevant brand and market data (see resources in
    assignment folder on Blackboard). You should highlight any implications that are pertinent to the IMC
    Plan. You are expected to make full use of available secondary sources and on-line databases/websites.
    You are required to conduct your own further analysis based on SECONDARY DATA ONLY. Clear
    identification of sources of reference is an essential part of your analysis.
    1.1 Brand analysis (10%) – approx 350 words
    Issues to consider/include in this section are;
    • Brand background/overview – brief summary
    • Product/service offering – features & benefits (rational and emotional)
    • Advertising (past/recent campaigns – UK & overseas) – creative/messages, media used
    1.2 Market analysis (10%) – approx 350 words
    Issues to consider/include in this section are;
    • Consumer attitudes and behaviour – towards the brand/category
    • Competition – product/service offering and advertising campaigns
    1.3 Digital Visual Board/Landscape (5%) – approx 100 words
    Your digital visual board/landscape should be a visual representation of part(s) of your written brand &
    market analysis
    • The visuals on the board can focus on any of the following;
    o the brand e.g. past/recent advertising
    o the target market/audiences
    o the competitive landscape
    o any combination of the above
    • You need to provide some written justification (approx. 100 words) for the content of the board
    within your report. Justification to consider/include in this section are;
    o What information/issues/themes/insight are you trying to convey?
    o How were the images selected?
    o What were your sources?
    o How/why will this inspire the creative team/media planners?

Sample Solution

Sample solution

Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.

 

References

Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.

Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.