Develop a piece of communication using words, pictures, diagrams and/or charts. You might like to
use MS Word or PowerPoint to do this. Design your piece of communication to communicate to the
manager of the service. You are communicating a rich and deep understanding about “value in the
exchange” in the context of a branded service. The specifics of this assignment are below.
1. Select a branded service that you engage with on a regular basis (at least twice a month). The
service could be a favourite restaurant that you go to on a regular basis or a business that provides
you with a regular massage and beauty treatments, or a favourite cinema where you watch movies,
or regular sporting activity you play (e.g. futsal, tennis, football, etc.) or a gym where you regularly
exercise. The service should be branded – that is have a brand name that is easily recognisable (e.g.
Snap Fitness, Grill’d, Event Cinema, etc.).
2. Identify the service (product) and brand. For example, Grill’d is the brand and the service
(product) is a restaurant. Snap Fitness is the brand and the service (product) is gym membership.
Event Cinema is the brand and the service (product) are movies. Once you have identified the
service (product) and brand, please develop a title for your assignment. Please make sure that the
name of the brand and the service are in the title of your assignment. Your assignment should have a
title page. The title page should also have a date, your name and student number on it and act as a
cover page for your assignment.
3. Select a method for presenting your assignment. You may choose to develop your assignment in
MS Word or PowerPoint. If you are using PowerPoint, please place your written material in the
“notes section” of PowerPoint. If you are using MS Word, please insert your diagrams and pictures
with the words – that is insert the illustrations as close to as possible to the words. This way the
pictures and diagrams provide meaning to the words. Regarding your pictures and diagrams, please
ensure you correctly label all of them and reference those you have not developed yourself (using
4. When developing your assignment, please aim the assignment at the manager or management
team of the branded service. As such, write your assignment in second or third person. Essentially,
you are providing the management team (or manager) with information about their target audience
5. The assignment should be no longer than 1200 words or 10 slides (if using PowerPoint). Please
write your assignment using the active voice (you may want to look up the difference between
active and passive voice in written communication). The active voice is a clearer and a more
persuasive form of written communication. Professional marketers communicate persuasively. We
are judging you on your written communication. The active voice is preferred.
6. You are to develop an assignment that has a structure similar to below:
a. Title page (no more than eight words in the title)
c. Value equation
d. Decision making perspectives
e. Risk and involvement
7. The title page should have a catchy title limited to eight words or less. Ensure your student name
and student number are on the title page.
8. In your introduction section, briefly introduce the service (product; product category) and brand
(no more than one page or one slide). If you provide any history or background to the service (and
brand), write no more than a paragraph and please ensure you reference any material using Harvard
AGPS (http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing/harvard-agps-referencing-guide). If you are
unsure what referencing is, or why we reference material, please visit the library or click on the
following link to find out more http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing .
9. The value equation for the branded service should include all of the benefits (utilitarian, hedonic,
social and other) as well as all of the costs associated with the service (refer to the valuation
equation in the materials).
a. Clearly differentiate and categorise the costs and benefits. You may like to construct a
diagram to show your customer value equation for the target audience (you). If you do draw
a diagram, label the diagram and discuss the diagram.
b. The value equation should clearly identify the value associated with the brand/service.
You are trying to demonstrate to or show management “customer value” for the target
10. Of the various decision making perspectives, identify which one(s) are the most fitting for your
service (e.g., which did you go through when making the initial and subsequent decisions).
a. Name and describe the different decision making perspectives you undertook.
b. Consider whether the decision-making type is rationale, experiential or behavioural. Refer
the materials for information about the various decision-making types.
c. Think about your first visit (decision), consider whether you engaged in extended decisionmaking
or a limited decision the first time; and whether your subsequent decisions to return
are habitual or because of brand loyalty.
d. You might like to present a table or a diagram illustrating the relevant decision-making
perspective(s) for your target audience (you). Refer to your table(s) or diagram(s) and write
in detail the decision-making perspective(s) you went through to help the manager
understand decision making from the perspective of the target audience (you).
11. Describe the concepts of risk and involvement (and ensure you reference your findings when you
use them in your assignment). Refer to your materials or locate information from e-books or the
Internet to help you understand and explain these concepts.
a. Identify which types of risk you experience and explain to what extent you experienced
b. Similarly explain the extent of your involvement with the consumption of the service
when experiencing (consuming) the service (on a regular basis).
12. Explain the impact (influence or affect) of atmospherics on the consumption of the branded
a. For example, explain how the lighting, any smells, the colours, the floor layout, any
spacing of equipment or the spacing of tables, the people (customers/staff), any crowding
etc. influences your value perceptions (positively/negatively). In your materials, there is
information on atmospherics, including the different groupings of atmospherics.
Atmospherics are an important component in a service experience. As such, it is important for
managers to have a good understanding of the positive and negative impacts of atmospherics on the
value perceptions of their target market (you).
13. Conclude your assignment (limit of one page or one slide) by briefly summing up and explaining
the value in the exchange. In this section, you might like to assess and prioritise elements that
influenced (positively/negatively) or changed/altered your value perceptions during consumption
(value in the exchange) and decision-making (value in the exchange).
a. Consider that this section is useful to a manager as it provides him/her direction about the
elements that are most valuable to the target audience. This is important to a manager when
developing strategies to co-create value.
14. Save your assignment document as follows: