Apple: Luxury Brand or Mass Marketer?

Harvard Business Review

Meyer writes: So far, Apple has been a company focused on the mainstream, on the mass consumer, in an era where the most reliable profits could be found in the luxury market. To understand the cost of Apple products that we associate with mass market success, we mapped the U.S.

Finding the Sweet Spot Between Mass Market and Premium

Harvard Business Review

Rather than starting with their own portfolio needs and barreling ahead—a supply-driven strategy that companies rarely seem to escape—successful companies start with the consumer’s mindset and use that lens to identify market gaps. For example, Breyers, the ice cream brand, recognized that the gelato market was booming, but that super-premium gelatos were selling for 2.5

Beyond Mass Customization

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Bob's blog entries The Experience Economy Harvard Business Review blog HBR email alerts Beyond Mass Customization B. Multiple Markets Within Stan Davis Future Perfect progression from mass markets through segments and niches to mass-customized markets recognize that every customer is multiple markets customers want different offerings at different times under different circumstances "the new frontier in business competition" What can you build with LEGO bricks?

At the High End, Reaching a Mass Market

Harvard Business Review

It is inclusive, an "art fair for the masses". Never before had live productions been instantly accessible to mass audiences beyond the confines of the theatre and at price point of a movie ticket.

Three Ways Leaders Can Improve Decision Making

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In 2007, the company had a market cap of USD303 billion and manufactured four in ten of every mobile phone purchased. However, within five years the company lost 90% of its market share to Apple after the launch of the iPhone. The little-known fact is that Nokia had invested USD40 billion into creating a similar style iPhone device with color touchscreens, maps and shopping but the product never hit the shelves as management thought it would not have mass market appeal.

Chinese and American Consumers Have Different Ideas About What Makes a Product Creative

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For example, one of the most striking differences we saw depended on whether the product was for a mass market. The Chinese believed that the mere fact that a product was for the mass market indicated the product was creative. But Americans believed that being designed for a mass market did not make a product creative. The Apple Watch was advertised as the first mass-market wearable. Marketing Global strategy Digital Article

Find the Best Local Markets to Drive Growth

Harvard Business Review

These super geos were local profit pools that were concentrated and big enough to offer big ROI upside for marketing and sales. Sometimes it’s not immediately obvious why some geographic markets are such big consumers of a particular product. For instance, the best markets for top-sliced bread (think hot dog buns) tend to have had three to four times the profit dollars versus the average local market. Certain local markets have the right ingredients to ripen demand.

Hybrid Business Models Look Ugly, but They Work

Harvard Business Review

When the Microsoft Surface first appeared, many critics panned it as a clumsy move into hardware — a device that was stuck in the middle, a half-step behind the hot market for tablets and only a half-step beyond the dying market for PCs.

The More Experience You Have, the Worse You Are at Bootstrapping

Harvard Business Review

Studying 837 mass-market movies released between 1996 and 2003, they collected data on the movies’ producers and their prior experience. If a company wants to generate the most revenue from its resources, it should put its most experienced leaders in charge of those resources.

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The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology

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applications pushed technology to address B2B market requirements. Increasingly, the pull of user experience will drive market demand, and product design will be critical to getting consumers to adopt offerings in this new IoT 2.0

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VW’s Board Needed More Outsiders

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Meanwhile, Dr. Piech was obsessed with achieving dominant global market share, which included a larger presence in the U.S.

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How Africa Is Challenging Marketing

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For too long, “Africa” has been considered a homogenous mass rather than a multicultural continent of diverse citizens. This shift will play out most obviously in marketing communications and advertising. The New Marketing Organization. Global business Marketing

J.C. Penney's Real Problem: The Shrinking Middle Class

Harvard Business Review

He approved marketing campaigns that told loyal Penney''s shoppers that "you deserve to look better," basically telling them that they looked less than glamorous wearing the brand they had trusted and been comfortable with for years. There''s one big reason JCP would never be "Bloomingdale''s for the mass market," as Johnson wanted it to be, and that''s because the mass market is gone.

Corporate Entrepreneurship: Turn Irony into Opportunity

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Corporate giants dominated markets and gobbled up competitors; along the way they failed to cope with rapid change. The brain viewed the masses below it as the muscle. (This post first appeared on the Ryerson University Alumni Blog) .

Why Elon Musk’s New Strategy Makes Sense

Harvard Business Review

The second installment moves Tesla beyond the traditional car market, with a plan to reconfigure our cities, energy systems, and our impact on the environment. Tesla’s initial strategy began like a start-up: to build a minimum viable product to test the market.

Big-Box Retailers Have Two Options If They Want to Survive

Harvard Business Review

Customers no longer want anything that is mass-marketed. Unlike mass merchants which provide basic goods at everyday low prices, these big box players leverage the novelty of their constantly changing products and discounts.

Netflix and Why the Future of Streaming Looks Like Old-School TV

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This makes it easier to do what Netflix was built for: experiment with the long tail rather than go for mass-market hits. CSA Images/Printstock Collection Vetta/Getty Images. Netflix hit the industry with some bombshell moves this month. First, it announced that it plans to spend $8 billion on original content next year (including on 80 new movies). This is far more than any other online player. Obviously, this is great news for its 100 million-odd customers worldwide.

Piecing Together the Tesla Strategy Puzzle

Harvard Business Review

From the start, the mass-market acceptance of battery-powered cars has faced four great obstacles: The limited range of the batteries; The time it takes to charge the battery packs; The need to emplace a sufficient number of battery stations; The requirement for owners to replace the battery pack, at huge cost, after several years of use and corresponding degradation. These days, Tesla is the darling of the automotive world.

Know the Job Your Product Was Hired for (with Help from Customer Selfies)

Harvard Business Review

“But some of these photos were so far from that wavelength, it’s really helping us kind of realign with the mass market.” Customers Innovation Market research Digital ArticleIn what world is a Snickers bar competing with a kale salad?

An Inside View of How LVMH Makes Luxury More Sustainable

Harvard Business Review

The companies that are most vocal about environmental and social issues tend to be big, mass-market brands — well-known retailers , consumer products giants , and tech firms that are telling a new story to consumers who increasingly care about sustainability. As Gibb puts it, “Until recently, marketing would focus mainly on product and brand image.

RIM Isn't Dead Yet

Harvard Business Review

Since Apple entered the mobile phone market, RIM's financial situation has deteriorated and its market capitalization has plummeted by almost 95 percent since its mid-2008 peak of more than $100 billion. RIM's offering is well suited to the realities of these markets.

The Future of You

Harvard Business Review

In today's world, self-branding matters more than any other form of talent, not least because the mass market is unable (or unwilling) to distinguish between branding and talent. This is why David Beckham and Lady Gaga are much more successful than their more talented competitors — they understood that being a marketing phenomenon is more important than displaying outstanding soccer skills or musical talent, and focused more on self-branding than their counterparts did.

Is the Drone's Potential Being Shot Down Too Fast?

Harvard Business Review

There is another reason, too, that the drone market is set to take off. Thus, mass-market drones clearly hold potential for what Paul Nunes and I call "big bang disruption." If you had a fleet of drones to call your own, what would you do with them?

Your Business Doesn’t Always Need to Change

Harvard Business Review

By now, the idea that organizations must adapt in order to maintain both relevance and market share in a rapidly changing world is so ingrained that it’s been reduced to pithy sayings. The recent failures of mass market retailers Sears and J.C. The diluted management focus, coupled with the car’s poor sales, hurt the brand and allowed competitors — especially luxury imports — to gain market share. Evolve or die. If it ain’t broke, break it.

Predict the Future of Your Business

Harvard Business Review

Warren Buffett has earned his nickname because he’s proven time and again that he has an eye for predicting how markets will change and which companies will succeed in the aftermath. What type of tools do marketers need when a machine can pick the perfect audience to target?

Does Your Company Come Across as Too Male?

Harvard Business Review

He had no idea that the ad they’d just run to launch their latest mass-market device was so completely male-oriented. After all, Red Bull and P&G were strategically going after a market segment they had chosen to focus on. jennifer maravillas FOR HBR. “Oh no!”

The Real Reason Uber Is Giving Up in China

Harvard Business Review

In a group photograph, 30 CEOs with a combined market capitalization of $2.5 It is true that Kalanick consistently called China the most important market for Uber. Uber truly wanted to succeed in its fastest-growing market, one where taxi drivers outnumber their U.S.

What U.S. CEOs Can Learn from GM’s India Failure

Harvard Business Review

Like its American compatriot Ford Motor Company , GM’s market share in India has always been in the single digits, but recently Ford has reported rising monthly sales of 36% in India. 1 — Consistent Leadership Over Time Matters in This Market. Having local autonomy is key to succeeding in India, since its market structure is fundamentally different from the West’s and therefore demands extreme customization.

The $2,000 Car

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For example, GE developed an ultra-low-cost ultrasound for rural China which is now marketed in over 100 countries. Logitech developed an affordable mouse for the China market which sells for (the Chinese equivalent of) $19.99 Deere & Company developed a small tractor, the 35-horsepower Krish, built and priced specifically for the India market, competing head on with the Indian market leader, Mahindra & Mahindra. They take a "market-back" perspective.

Henry Ford, Innovation, and That "Faster Horse" Quote

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Instead, his initial advantage came from his creation of a virtuous circle that underpinned his vision for the first durable mass-market automobile. He adapted the moving assembly line process for the manufacture of automobiles, which allowed him to manufacture, market and sell the Model T at a significantly lower price than his competition, enabling the creation of a new and rapidly growing market.

Instead of Optimizing Processes, Reimagine Them as Platforms

Harvard Business Review

Platform models bring a shift in emphasis—from meeting specific customer needs to encouraging mass-market adoption in order to maximize the number of interactions, or from product-related sources of competitive advantage (such as product differentiation) to network-related sources of competitive advantage (the network effects of connecting many users and third parties).” Process optimization can transform user experience.

Any Value Proposition Hinges on the Answer to One Question

Harvard Business Review

Nearly all competitive markets confront firms with this choice. In pharmaceuticals, there are blockbuster drugs targeted at mass-markets segments. Any strategy lives or dies on the basis of its customer value proposition.

10 TED Talks to Help You Reimagine Your Business

Harvard Business Review

Leading business and marketing practitioner Seth Godin imagines a world where the mass market dies, where mediocrity holds no economic value. While much of Godin's thinking has come to bear true in our social media-induced world, this TED Talk will get you thinking differently about where you spend your marketing dollars. It's happening right now. Thousands of very lucky individuals are seated in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center are at TED 2013.

Don't Draw the Wrong Lessons from Better Place's Bust

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Its approach was the first to align the key actors in the ecosystem in a way that addressed the critical shortcomings — range, resale value, grid capacity — that undermine the electric car as a mass-market proposition. Note to Tesla owners: you are not the mass market). Since resale value ranks high for mass market buyers, this has all the makings of a deal breaker. A small number, but these are also small markets.

Your New Hit Product Might Be Underpriced

Harvard Business Review

Some products are truly innovative but stay walled up too long in R&D and then are released to market when they are no longer unique. Playmobil priced its play set far too low, which allowed customers to make money from it in the resale market.

In Product Development, Let Your Customers Define Perfection

Harvard Business Review

But by the turn of the millennium, the German automaker needed a new product for the mass market to jumpstart sales, and decided to make a vehicle for the burgeoning SUV segment. When the Cayenne came to market in 2003, it was an instant hit.

Prototype Your Product, Protect Your Brand

Harvard Business Review

Designers and entrepreneurs have been experimenting with live prototyping — putting unfinished product ideas in the context of real markets and real customer situations — for years, and now bigger businesses have begun to catch on. Many executives, eager to avoid over-investing in the wrong ideas, are intrigued by this approach, but they’re leery of putting unpolished products and services out in the market. Is quality essential in your market, or simply a nice-to-have.

Yelp is Leaving Chains Behind

Harvard Business Review

Review sites allow consumers to tap into a vast pool of formerly private knowledge, and that knowledge is beginning to undermine the traditional advantages of mass-market branding and advertising. As this trend gains momentum, businesses that rely on traditional marketing will be forced to adapt. The power of chain stores and chain restaurants lies in their familiarity.

Selling to Customers Who Do Their Homework Online

Harvard Business Review

The required changes may surprise you and raise questions about effective selling in your market. High-end cars have over 100 million lines of software code, and mass-market cars aren’t far behind. jennifer maravillas FOR HBR. Alfred P.