Our Digital Marketing Framework includes guidance to use and apply Customer Jour

Our Digital Marketing Framework includes guidance to use and apply Customer Journey Mapping to identify the issue or opportunity, which will ultimately help identify an insight to subsequently design a successful digital marketing strategy and plan.  Your written recommendation for Bornstein should include supporting customer journey map, insight POV, allocation recommendation, measurement recommendation (evaluation metrics), and any additional substantiation given in the case.  Be sure and explain the purpose of any recommended digital and social tactics. 
Access the Sephora Direct Case here. 
Preparation questions: 
Assuming she receives more funding, how should Bornstein allocate budget across various digital categories?  Given additional funding requested must be shifted from Sephora’s other marketing spending, where would you propose cutting?  Why?
What do you make of Sephora’s digital and social media efforts as of fall 2010?  Was it wise in your opinion to create Beauty Talk as a separate social platform from Facebook? 
As Sephora increasingly dabbles with digital marketing and social media, which competitors should they be most worried about? 
Map the customer journey of a “bricks” Sephora customer.  What behaviors, emotions and attitudes are most prominent in the key phases and why?  Is there an opportunity or issue that has the greatest importance?  If the issue or opportunity could be solved, what financial metric(s) would likely be positively impacted?  What compelling insight does the category landscape, brand context and customer journey reveal for Sephora Direct?  From this insight, what digital tactics should receive more support, and which of the Sephora tactics should receive less support? Why?
What metrics do you propose Sephora Direct use to measure the success of its digital efforts going forward?
What should be the strategic goal of Sephora’s digital and social marketing programs?  How can Bornstein satisfy the CEO’s desire to “win” in the digital space?
Individual Case Analysis Assignments:
The purpose of the case analysis assignments is for you to critically examine the key issues in the case and recommend a course of action.  The deliverable is not more than FOUR pages that reflect your analysis of the case.  The real world is about quality over quantity so please don’t spend time writing a summary of information already given to you in the case.  You are encouraged to attach exhibits to support your write-up, and you are allowed additional pages for these. 
Exhibits are not required for a high grade; however, they are generally helpful to organize ideas, evaluate options, provide supporting evidence for recommendations, etc.  All exhibits should be clearly referenced in the write-up (don’t include material that is not specifically referenced or discussed in your narrative).  You are allowed an additional FOUR pages of exhibits. Less is often more. Keep in mind that exhibits should not be used simply as an extension of textual material.  Only include exhibits if you think they contribute something above and beyond the write-up.
Format for Individual Case Write-Up Assignment
Your case write-up should begin with an executive summary that highlights the major issues in the case and clearly states your recommendation(s) based on your thorough analysis the aforementioned key issues (this should be one short paragraph).  The remainder of the case write-up should present in greater detail the analyses which support your conclusions. 
The role of the discussion questions is to highlight some of the key aspects of the case, which you should address.  You can also identify other factors that you feel are relevant to the situation at hand that may not be explicitly listed in the case and be prepared to include or discuss those factors in your analysis. 
The questions are designed to get you to think about certain issues.  The issues that you identify as the major issues in the case are the ones that you should focus on in your write-up. So, don’t answer the questions on a question-by-question basis. Rather, in analyzing and writing up the case, adopt the perspective of a consultant who has been hired by the company to advise it on the problem at hand. Stitch together the arguments in a smooth way in your write-up. Make sure you evaluate alternative strategies before arriving at your recommendation.
Be sure to use the data in the case when appropriate, including footnotes and exhibits. Write-ups which ignore relevant data are incomplete. However, note that just because some data is presented in the case, it does not necessarily mean that the data is crucial or relevant to the solution you propose. Good managers know what data to use, and how that data must be used. 
Effective, highly rewarded case write-ups will:
Provide a coherent, well-organized analysis, not simply a set of notes pieced together. Redraft and proofread the report. 
Be concise. Keep the sections short, and provide a strong logical flow for your recommendations. Cut all the fat from your paper: for every sentence, ask yourself “does this specific phrase advance my argument?” If the answer is no, remove it. Write crisply and avoid details of the case that are not relevant to your recommendations. Do not simply restate data from the case. The CEO is already familiar with the business! On the other hand, take every opportunity to support your arguments with case data.
State assumptions explicitly, whenever necessary.
Provide recommendations that are cost-effective and appropriate to the marketing challenge and timing (short-term or long-term) of the problem at hand.
Identify appropriate trade-offs when formulating your recommendation. For example, it is not acceptable to recommend that a company should attempt to have the: 1) highest quality, 2) lowest price, and 3) highest service. (e.g., Tesla for $10,000 and free lifetime battery service)
Tie your exhibits to the text of the report by explicit reference (“see Exhibit X”).