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Samsung Mobiles line-up of galaxy phones and tablets has helped the handset maker
rally a significant share in a market that is largely dominated by Nokia. Samsung sold
12.6 million galaxy phones in the quarter ended March 2011, boosting its global galaxy
phones market share by 7.4 percentage points from the previous year to 12.2 per cent. It
now ranks fourth after Nokia, Apple and Research in Motion (RIM). Samsung is only 1.2
percentage points behind RIM and is expected to grab the number three spot in 2011 if it
maintains its current growth rate. Advance orders for Samsungs Galaxy S2, which was
released in April 2011, surpassed 3 million units within a week of the launch, posing a
threat even to Apple. At this rate, its sales are expected to top 14 million units in the
current quarter. India is the fastest growing telecom market in the world and presents an
attractive opportunity for handset makers like Samsung. As per a GFK Nielson report, the
Indian mobile handset market was pegged at around 155 million units in 2010. With the
country adding 20 million mobile customers every month, the mobile device market is
expected to grow at over 16 per cent year-on-year. Driven by the launch of 3G services,
the galaxy phones market alone is likely to grow at over 50 per cent per annum for the
next two years.
The Korean handset makers galaxy phones strategy has clicked well in the Indian
handset space. The company opened its galaxy phones account in India in June 2010 with
the launch of its Galaxy S and Wave models, and now has over 12 galaxy phones on
almost all the popular platforms including Android, Windows and its internally developed
software, Bada. Samsung had a share of 10-15 per cent in the galaxy phones market as of
January 2011, and is aiming to notch it up to 40 per cent by end-2011.
According to company officials, in 2011, Samsungs mobile handset division will be
driven by two key factors touch screens and galaxy phones. In this segment, the
company has also launched its tablet PCs. Thanks to the hugely positive response that the
Tab has received across India, Samsung is targeting a 50 per cent share of the Indian

tablet market in 2011. While tablet PCs are still a niche segment in the country, if
Samsung positions its products well, it could well succeed in meeting its targets. A key
area of focus for Samsung will be the enterprise segment, which is showing an increased
demand for such devices. In all, Samsung has over 50 handset models in India, ranging
from entry-level to mid-range and high-end galaxy phones. According to a GFK Nielsen
report, the companys overall market share stands at around 23 per cent of the Indian
mobile market in value terms.



In late 2008, Samsung emerged as the number one player in the US cell phone market by
snatching the crown from Motorola. It also emerged as the world leader in the memory
chip market In 2007, Samsung spent more on R&D than IBM. The company has jumped
to the second place in the number of patents granted by Americas patent office (just
behind IBM). As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, SEA was
ranked #6 in the electronics industry segment in the Fortune magazines Most Admired
Companies 2008, and named as one of Fast Companys Fast 50 Most Innovative
Companies of 2008. Among popular Business Week rankings, SEC ranked #26 in the
publications Most Innovative Companies of 2008 and #21 in the 100 Best Global
Brands for 2007. SEC is also a top patent holder, ranking second overall in the U.S. in
2007. According to industry experts, the reason for these earnings over the years is
Samsungs holistic approach to develop several strategies for different regions, but
guided by one unified Samsung brand image building strategy.

Samsungs branding strategy was launched by its Chairman Kun Lee in 1996. It was a
coordinated global program to make Samsung an international brand. Over the last one
decade, Samsung has executed its comprehensive brand building strategy. The companys
annual investment in branding and marketing is about US$3 billion, which has been spent
to increase its brand awareness around the world. For any new company, when it makes
its entry into the market, there are two ways to stimulate growth: intensive advertising

campaign, and product offerings with unique functions. Samsung recognized the potential
of both. In terms of products, Samsung introduced its leading-technology display
products as well as printers in the Indian market and carried out SI meets all over the
country to educate the channel community on its new products.

However, the power of brand building exercise was not lost on the company. In fact,
Samsung tilted more towards advertising and brand-making strategy creating awareness
of its name by investing large amounts of money in million-dollar brand- making
campaigns. In India, Samsung, in order to create its brand awareness, signed seven
cricket celebrities and in doing this it aimed to cash in on the popularity of cricket in
India which is considered a religion in India. Instead of just ads featuring cricketers,
Samsung launched its Team Samsung India campaign all over India. The focus of this
concept was to create patriotism through cricketers, but under the Samsung brand name
the banner reads With Team Samsung. The campaign was a huge success and it enabled
Samsung to increase awareness of its brand.

As a result, it began to make impressive growth in India. In India, Samsungs investment

on branding has spanned our brand building and corporate initiatives, product
investments and investments in the channel. In the year 2008, Samsung supported the
Olympics cause in India by way of sponsorship of the Indian team, the support for select
members of the Indian team. The company also organized the biggest-ever national level
school quiz on Olympics for school children. Consequently, its Olympic-related
advertising campaign brought the companys brand closer to customers.

Company overview: Samsung Group

The Samsung Group is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in
Samsung Town, Seoul, South Korea. It is the world's largest conglomerate by revenue
with an annual revenue of US $173.4 billion in 2008 and is South Korea's largest
chaebol. The meaning of the Korean hanja word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars".
The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international affiliated businesses, most of
them united under the Samsung brand including Samsung Electronics, the world's largest
electronics company, Samsung Heavy Industries, the world's second largest shipbuilder
and Samsung C&T, a major global construction company.
Samsung has been the world's most popular consumer electronics brand since 2005 and is
the best known South Korean brand in the world. Samsung Group accounts for more than
20% of South Korea's total exports and is the leader in many domestic industries, such as
the financial, chemical, retail and entertainment industries. The company's strong
influence in South Korea is visible throughout the nation, which has been referred to as
the "Republic of Samsung".
The Samsung Philosophy:
At Samsung, they follow a simple business philosophy: to devote their talent and
technology to creating superior products and services that contribute to a better global
society. Every day, their people bring this philosophy to life. Their leaders search for the
brightest talent from around the world, and give them the resources they need to be the
best at what they do. The result is that all of their productsfrom memory chips that help

businesses store vital knowledge to mobile phones that connect people across continents
have the power to enrich lives. And thats what making a better global society all is
Their Values
They believe that living by strong values is the key to good business. At Samsung, a
rigorous code of conduct and these core values are at the heart of every decision we
Quite simply, a company is its people. At Samsung, were dedicated to giving our people
a wealth of opportunities to reach their full potential.
Everything we do at Samsung is driven by an unyielding passion for excellenceand an
unfaltering commitment to develop the best products and services on the market.
In todays fast-paced global economy, change is constant and innovation is critical to a
companys survival. As we have done for 70 years, we set our sights on the future,
anticipating market needs and demands so we can steer our company toward long-term

Samsung Telecommunication:

Samsung Telecommunications is one of five business units within Samsung Electronics,

belonging to the Samsung Group, and consists of the Mobile Communications Division,
Telecommunication Systems Division, Computer Division, MP3 Business Team, Mobile
Solution Centre and Telecommunication R&D Centre. Telecommunication Business
produces a full spectrum of products from mobiles and other mobile devices such
as MP3 players and laptop computers to telecommunication network infrastructure.
Headquarters is located in Suwon, South Korea.

In 2007 Samsung Telecommunication Business reported over 40% growth and became
the second largest mobile device manufacturer in the world. Its market share was 14% in
Q4 2007, growing up form 11.3% in Q4 2006. At the end of November 2011, Samsung
sold more than 300 million mobile devices and set still in second after Nokia with 300.6
million mobile devices sold in the first three quarter of 2011.

Our Culture:
At Samsung, we follow a simple business philosophy: to devote our talent and
technology to creating superior products and services that contribute to a better global
society. Every day, our people bring this philosophy to life. Our leaders search for the
brightest talent from around the world and give them the resources they need to be the
best at what they do.

The result is that all of our products from memory chips that help businesses store vital
knowledge to mobile phones that connect people across continents have the power to
enrich lives. That's what making a better global society is all about. We believe that living
by strong values is the key to good business.Samsung encourages leadership; assisting
children in low-income families by supporting educational infrastructure, supporting
outstanding students and supporting programs that encourage family well-being. We also
carry out programs in these areas at each of our eight volunteer centers.

Corporate Responsibility:
Samsung recognizes that your choice of workplace is affected by more than benefits and

Many in the workforce want to work for an employer who will value them and help them
reach their fullest potential, while preserving work-life balance. Others are also
concerned by what their employer is doing to help the environment and those in need.
Samsung's commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship is strong. Here
are some examples of how Samsung Mobile is not just a great place to work, but how
we're also doing our part and giving bac
Samsung Galaxy Smartphones:
Intuitive, stylish and simple to use, the Samsung Galaxy smartphone delivers a
personalized, seamless mobile experience that helps your day run smoothlywhether it's
time for work, family or play.

List of Samsung Galaxy Series:

Now in India Samsung is the King of Mobiles. Galaxy series mobiles are very hot these
days because of cool design, features, large display and attractive prices. Also these

comes with Most powerful and popular android Operating system. Samsung improving
galaxy series by adding more mobiles in the galaxy brigade.Samsung give the names to
their galxy series mobile phones such as Galaxy y,Galaxy Ace,Galaxy Grand etc..

Figure No.-5:Samsung Galaxy Phones

The Galaxy phones has enhanced features that both you and your contacts will enjoy. Its
designed to make sharing easy and more direct so your friends and family can experience
every moment with you, regardless of your location.

Connect through touch: With S Beam, just place two Galaxy S III phones back-to-back
and you can transfer photos, videos, documents and more. In just three minutes you can

successfully share a 1GB video fileit's fast, easy, and you don't even need a Wi-Fi or
cellular signal.
Send pictures in a flash: Thanks to Buddy Photo Share, the Galaxy S III recognizes the
faces of your friends, so it can share photos with them right away. And with Share Shot,

Take multitasking to a whole new level

The Samsung Galaxy S III runs on Android 4.0 operating system Built with a
1.5GHz dual-core processor, you can play a video on the go, while simultaneously
running other tasks, eliminating the need to close and restart videos when checking new
emails or surfing the Web. You can even share content to other devices faster with S
Beam. It's an intuitive smartphone that works the way you think and quickly displays the

See to believe
Get the big-screen experience in the palm of your hand. With a 4.8" HD Super AMOLED
display, the Galaxy S III offers a large and crisp picture. The Samsung screen even
enhances to HD and 16:9 wider viewing angles that are perfect for e-books, games,
video, and more. Plus with eye-tracking technology you can keep your screen .
Snapshot satisfaction
Capture amazing pictures with zero shutter lag using the 8MP camera and Best Photo
option. Using the burst shot option, the camera takes 3.3 shots per second.

The aim of this study is to identify the branding strategies of Samsung Mobile Phones for
boosting up the sales. The research objectives are:

To study the different branding strategies adopted by competitors in the

Galaxy series of the smart phone industry

To study the entry and profile of the company in India

To explore the customer choices with reference to Samsung mobile phones

(Galaxy Series)

It has been suggested that loyalty includes some degree of pre-dispositional commitment
toward a brand. Brand loyalty is viewed as multidimensional construct. It is determined
by several distinct psychological processes and it entails multivariate measurements.
Customers' perceived value, brand trust, customers' satisfaction, repeat purchase
behavior, and commitment are found to be the key influencing factors of brand loyalty.
Commitment and repeated purchase behavior are considered as necessary conditions for
brand loyalty followed by perceived value, satisfaction, and brand trust. Fred Reichheld
one of the most influential writers on brand loyalty, claimed that enhancing customer
loyalty could have dramatic effects on profitability. Among the benefits from brand
loyalty specifically, longer tenure or staying as a customer for longer was said to be
lower sensitivity to price. This claim had not been empirically tested until recently.
Recent research found evidence that longer-term customers were indeed less sensitive to
price increases. This work will help us to better understand the concept of branding and
how it is effective for Samsung mobile phones.



Research has a special significance in solving various operational and planning problems
of business and industry. Research methodology is a systematic way to solve the research
problem. The Research that has been used is primary and secondary in this report.

PRIMARY DATA: Primary data will be collected through questionnaire method. We
will take the interview of users of Samsung mobiles

100 people were questioned.

SECONDARY DATA: This data will be collected through magazines, journals,

newspapers and articles


The Success Secret:

Being ahead of the competition is the mantra of Samsungs success. In business, it always
pays to reduce the lead-time, as being late in business means business is over, which
happened in the case of many big brands and competitors. For instance, the most
advanced mobile phone has only two-mega pixel camera, but Samsung offered 5-mg
phone in 2005. Samsung is offering new products lower than the market price. Yet, the
company has been able to retain its standard and quality. However, part of this success
was also Samsungs openness. The company opened up and recruited employees from a
global pool of talent bringing in talent from various countries, making these people work
together at one table designing the best product. This trend boosted the companys
perception and made it a global brand among the consumers. The strategy paid off and in
the past five years, it has achieved the biggest gain among major brands, even surpassing
Sony. Samsungs approach is holistic reaching the world customer. It created its branding
in multiple ways, ranging from traditional adds to billboards, racing, Olympic games,
cricket matches, marathons. In short, wherever it saw the crowd, it communicated
Samsung message by presenting itself as a leader of innovation with affordable price.
In the year 2009, Samsung India is looking at strengthening both the product portfolio
and the channel. The company will be tapping our existing brand shops as well as Large
Format retail stores for our IT products. We have just launched our comprehensive range
of Notebook PCs and the Live 360 campaign for Notebook PCs. In the year 2009, we
will be expanding our portfolio in Notebook PCs, Display products as well as our Printer
range, says Mr. Yadav. Samsung India will be continuing with its channel expansion in


the year 2009 as well. We will be strengthening the corporate sales business based on our
enhanced lineup. Market will see the introduction of new technologies in the
marketplace and some of the trends that we saw in the year 2008 will get more
pronounced. Thus, I expect the LCD Monitor category to dominate the market
completely, even as the transition from Desk Top PCs to Notebook PCs and Netbooks
will continue. The Widescreen format will continue to dominate in LCD monitors.
Similarly, the 17 and 19 monitors will continue to dominate in terms of screen sizes.
With the introduction of new technology and convergence products, the Large Format
Retail will continue to be a significant channel for selling IT products.

Successful branding is all about establishing a long-term vision and crafting the
companys operations to meet that objective. In 1993, as a first step in its globalization
drive, Samsung acquired a new corporate identity. The company changed its logo and that
of the group. In the new logo, the words Samsung Electronics were written in white
color on a blue color background to represent stability, reliability and warmth.
The words Samsung Electronics was written in English so that it would be easy to
read and remember worldwide. The logo was shaped elliptical representing a moving
world symbolizing advancement and change, it was this sort of huge investment where
millions saw the Samsungs message. Their brand remained in the forefront of millions of
people giving them an edge over its competitors. It is no surprise that Samsungs brand
building strategy overtook its competitors in less than the expected time.


Branding in the World of Samsung Galaxys:

The word Colossus is defined as something giant, abnormally large, or
powerful. This is probably why the first computer created was given this title. The
Colossus, built in the 1940s, was the first electronic computer made. It took up nearly
1800 square feet of room and weighed in at more than one ton.
Since the Colossus, we have seen the dimensions of our computers drastically reduce in
size, from modern PCs that fit comfortably on a small desk, to laptops that are portable
and can easily be carried in a shoulder bag. Recently, the miniature Samsung Galaxy has
replaced many PCs and laptops through its pocket-sized convenience and at-yourfingertips accessibility to the internet. Recent surveys show that nearly half of the people
in the United States use a Samsung Galaxy while one in five people access the internet
daily through mobile web browsers. How can we tailor our branding towards consumers
who have adopted this new, easily accessible tool?
Branding to Samsung Galaxy Users:
There are some websites that have been designed so effectively that they catch our
attention as soon as we open the page, and there are others that we may give very little
attention to due to how bland or dull they seem at first glance. When viewing a webpage
on a smaller screen like that of a Samsung Galaxy, the design and layout of the page is
crucial. The visitors interest needs to be caught immediately within that cramped eight
square inch screen so they will give the site a chance and look into it further. By using
easy to read fonts, and dressing up a page with colors and pictures, short paragraphs, and
catchy titles, we can be certain that visitors dont get bored of a website too quickly. As a


result, they may take the time to look into it further, exploring more and seeking more
information available on the website.
This brings us to the next important accommodation needed for a Samsung Galaxy
browser. Navigation of a site can be the key that makes or breaks the chances of a page
visitor continuing to browse the website or getting frustrated and leaving. When a page
adjusts to fit a smaller screen, it limits the amount of zooming in and out that can make
navigation difficult and nearly impossible to have patience with. Some sites tailor to the
Samsung Galaxy user and automatically open a mobile view rather than the full site view
for larger computers. Here, only the most important information should be viewed by the
consumer. This means the remaining information that is not immediately needed must be
omitted. However, text and most pictures comfortably format to the smaller screen with
minimal or no resizing needed. By having the page adapt to the size of the screen used,
you can be assured that the website guest will not lose patience with navigation and may
step into the full view to research the site further.
Dont Forget the Apps!
Along with easy web browsing, Samsung Galaxys are created for various apps and use in
the social networking world. Some phones come with apps already installed like that of
Facebook and Twitter. Recent studies show that nearly half of adults and a larger
percentage of teens and young adults use these social networks. Within that number, the
percentage of those using mobile devices is greater than those using desktop computers.
If we increase our branding on social network sites and related apps that are readily
available to this growing number of Samsung Galaxy users, we will tremendously
increase the amount of people viewing our website. Technology is getting smarter, faster


and smaller. Having a website that grows with the times is just as important as simply
owning a website once was when web browsing first began. A couple of decades ago,
companies that led the way through branching out online have been shown to have grown
more than companies that didnt make use of the new technology. In present day, those
that fail to reach out to the mobile world will also miss a great opportunity. If we properly
set up a web page so that its easy to navigate and small screen friendly, it will
accommodate the growing number of Samsung Galaxy users. By designing your website
accordingly for the Samsung Galaxy user, you will have greater confidence that your
company will continue to prosper in these new and changing times.

Market research firm IDC predicts that the Samsung Galaxy market will grow 49.2% in
2011, due to an increasing number of users who will replace feature phones with
Samsung Galaxys.
The report goes hand in hand with a recent study, also by IDC, which predicts that the
number of mobile app downloads will grow from 10.9 billion in 2010 to 76.9 billion in

While the growth of the Samsung Galaxy market is fairly easy to predict, IDC also makes
predictions about the market share of Samsung Galaxy platforms in 2015, and were far
more skeptical about those. Android, IDC predicts, will have 45.4% market share by that
time, while BlackBerry will be at 13.7% and iOS at 15.3%. Symbian, recently dropped
from Samsung Galaxys long-term plans, is predicted to drop to 0.2%, and Windows
Phone 7 is predicted to grab an impressive 20.9% market share, which would propel it
into second place by a large margin. Its definitely possible, but even though Microsofts


partnership with Samsung Galaxy is a strong foundation for success, we can easily see
bumps in the road (such as Samsung Galaxys integration of WP7 going slower than
planned) that could impede such stellar growth for WP7. What do you think about these
predictions by IDC? Can Windows Phone 7 reach second place on the market by 2015?
Please, share your opinions in the comments.

Sales of Samsung Galaxys will increase in 2012:


Samsung Galaxys went from being a luxury and became an everyday tool for executives,
students, employees and even for those who do not need even 50% of the capacity of
these magnificent examples phones. Thus, thanks to overcrowding and the entry into
force of Googles Android operating system, 27% of cell phones on the market in 2011
will be Samsung Galaxys.

The study by Telecom & Media, says it will sell at least 342 million such phones next
year, and will be effective inter alia by overcrowding and good reception have been
had on the audience for its low price and almost no competition they have against
traditional phones do not pose a challenge not as economically practical nor necessary.
Mobile Internet service will be other great deals take a lot more momentum than it has so
far shown, so the same study finds that it would be prudent for operators associated with
brands like Google and Facebook to the mobile business in Internet.


When asked what consumers do with Samsung Galaxys? The study found that most
prefer them for their applications such as games, music, sports, social networks and also
by the ease of access to information that is available on the Internet. Although the mobile
advertising market is not as extensive, with the rise of Samsung Galaxys is expected to
grow exponentially, and these are the terminals where they can leverage the best
technology available at the time of establishing a strategy for presentation at the mobile
browsing. Interestingly consumers do not see it as intrusive a notice when it is offering
any discounts, so that mobile branding will need to adjust some things and build on the
momentum of technology, as well as the tendency for users.

We have seen that the mobile industry is on a fast-track, with massive growth in
mobile branding, advertising and paid-content for users. But what is really
leading this growth is the increase in quality devices and fast, affordable
data. While Samsung Galaxy ownership was once just a business tool, more
consumers than ever are using Samsung Galaxys in their everyday lives, in
the past year alone, the total number of Samsung Galaxy subscribers
increased 72% quarter-over-quarter, growing from 15 million subscribers in
Q2 2008 to 26 million in Q2 2009. While the penetration level of Samsung
Galaxy users is still fairly low nearly 17% in Q2 2009 they make up half
of the mobile Web audience.


Samsung Galaxy Gender Gap Continues:

With the continued expansion of Samsung Galaxy ownership in the U.S. and the
availability of more affordable devices, the market is opening up to a wider range of
consumers. However, we continue to see similar demographic profiles for Samsung
Galaxy owners as we did a year ago. While Samsung Galaxy usage is shifting from
purely business use to both personal and business use, owners are still more than two
times as likely to own a Samsung Galaxy for business usage only. Samsung Galaxy
owners continue to be predominantly male, are 65% more likely than the average mobile
subscriber to be between the ages of 25 and 34, and nearly two times as likely to make
more than $100,000 a year.


Samsung Galaxy: Branding Strategy

The most important factor is the branding strategy deployed by giants Samsung Galaxys
companies, to attract and retain their clients, building long-life relationships with
customers. Apple does not pursue the small business or Samsung Galaxy market, it is just
too small. The only market big enough is the mainstream market, and thus Apple is
aiming the iPhone at the millions of iPod-toting technophobes. The Mac customers who
seek tech support every time their precious Mac will have a small problem is the target
for the iPhone; provide them with a cool status symbol that they can use every day to take
calls and they will be pleased.
At the other end of the table, to make the BlackBerry more appealing to consumers, RIM
has begun releasing devices that offer more than just wireless e-mail, including features

such as a media player, camera, overall sleeker design, resulting in an enthusiastic

response from consumers that ended up quickly snapping these new BlackBerry devices.
One way in which RIM has been trying to be more competitive with Apple is with its
offering of applications. Blackberry's App World has doubled its options to around 2,000
applications, however, still far behind the 50,000 that Apple has, but constantly gaining
more confidence.
As of July 2009, these applications are available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Italy, France,
Germany, and Spain and soon to be offered in Brazil and India. HTC has recently
implemented a new "global advertising campaign that is based on HTC's 'Quietly
Brilliant' brand positioning. As HTC's first global advertising campaign, the YOU
campaign is being rolled out across 20 countries and features the tagline, 'You don't need
to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.' This represents HTC's commitment to
focus on people (you), making a big propaganda within the city centres, with a mix of
traditional advertising and guerrilla advertising techniques, such as television, fliers,
posters on buses and stickers on urban stairways. HTC has truly blanketed the market
with these 60-second ads, focusing their attention on quantity rather than a whole
storyline portraying the phone throughout a journey.
In addition, more ads of shorter duration increase the likelihood of someone seeing at
least one of them. This, in turn will build some Brand Recognition for "HTC," and thus a
lack of specific phone detail is understandable. Most people carry a various devices
manufactured by the company, such as Fuze or Cingular 8125, yet when they hear
something mentioned about their phone being an HTC, the response is completely blank.
Therefore, it seems it would be a good strategy for HTC to build some name recognition;

however, the trick will be in transferring that to individual models / carriers, in

comparison with Apple, which has only 2 models to consider. On the pro side,
BlackBerry's target market is premium users, and there are a lot of things you can do with
apps designed for BlackBerry, such as enrich productivity.
On the con side, there is not the critical mass with the general consumer compared to the
iPhone. However, in order to be really successful and the real market leader, you have to
play in both consumer and enterprise markets. People use Samsung Galaxys for both
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One of the most important branding strategies for iPhone is intended market for which it
is made. In the past years, highly advanced technological gadgets were a reserve of the
young who are still exploring the world. However, the newly innovated iPhone contains
diverse features which are useful to the younger generation as well as those who are
already settled. Similarly, the aging have found solace in the gadget since they are able to
conduct video calling with their relatives who are miles away without having to travel.
The other element involves the many features which are contained in the iPhone which
are not present in other competitive brands.

These features increase the efficiency of the product such that individuals who are
looking for products which will meet all their needs are more likely to purchase. Business


people find such products being equally essential especially those who indulge in a lot of
conference calling, multi-tasking and virtual businesses. The other branding strategy
element is increased consumption of technologically enhanced devices which are more
efficient and applicable in various day-to-day activities. This element may be a weakness
as well as strength since individuals seeking equally modified devices which are low
priced may end up purchasing fake iPhones which are counterfeited. Availability of the
iPhones in the various country outlets as well as the online store gives Apple Inc. a better
opportunity of reaping more sales due to increased coverage of their products as well as
increased clientele. The online sales could result into high proceeds as in the recent past
more people are making their transactions via the internet due to limited time as well as
availability of more information concerning the product. Although most electronic
gadgets which are marketed by various companies are fitted with moisture sensors, the
location of the sensor in the iPhone has presented a weakness in the market of this
product. Most consumers will argue that detection of moisture from a distance is not the
best situation for the iPhones.

This increases the chances of damage due to the vicinity of the sensor. Thus, the element
of making the gadget oversensitive reduces its branding ability. The compatibility of the
iPhone with the App store created bigger advantage for users who could download any
form of documents and files from either location. This feature increased the rate at which
internet connections and downloads were obtained.


Samsung Galaxy Swot Analysis:


Innovative product- The touch screen is patented and very unique compared to all
other mobile products. It also has features from all other mobile products
combined into the Samsung Galaxy.

Compatible- The phone is very compatible and versatile and is able to work well
with other parent products of Apple such as the iTunes and the Mac Computer and
the Mac T. It is also compatible with many other software products and there is no
limit into how far the upgrading can go. The new features that are compatible with
Apple are limitless.

Easy To Use- The brand new innovative touch is state of the art technology that is
very easy to use. The touch features on the Samsung Galaxy is different than other
touch products and is an upgrade compared to other products.

Brand Image- Apple is a well known brand and is known for its other innovative
products such as the iPod and the Mac Computer.

Good Price- for $350 it has all of the combined smart phones into the Samsung
Galaxy plus it has all the latest features and is more easy and accessible than other
smart phones out there. It is a good value for the current price they are offering.


Corporate Brand Image- The apple brand is not as receptive towards business
people. It does not have a strong reputation such as the BlackBerry does.


Price Variety- The Samsung Galaxy only has one set price and does not vary for
other consumers in the market

Using Touch Features- Long usage of the Samsung Galaxy has known to have
caused gorilla arm which results in uncomfortable mobility while using the
Samsung Galaxy


Increase in Demand and Expansion into New Target Segment- Apple will
continue to target various markets that enjoy the use of an all in one easy
accessible phone. As time passes, Apple will convert the iPod consumers into
upgrading into the Samsung Galaxy

Upgrading- New innovative technology can always be added to the software and
the new features will continue to update into the latest technology. New features
will also be upgradeable and the cycle will continue

Partnership- Apple can combine with other mobile phone companies and flood the
market with Samsung Galaxys. This will reduce the costs of marketing and will
increase revenue with the company.


Competition- Increased competition continues to flood the market. The amount of

smart phones on the market is higher because they are easier to make than they
ever were before. More companies are entering into the market and are working
around the patents that Apple currently has.


Difficulty Expanding into Asian Market- There is not much interest for Samsung
Galaxys in the Asian market. Many smart phones are already used and prefer
other products instead.

RIM has a strong customer base from professionals, whereas Apple attracts many average
users. RIM has a good reputation in the smart phone business. Apple is new to the smart
phone business, but with its strong electronic history and reputation, its sales and market
share of the smart phone business are growing rapidly. Apple tends to target its phones to
people who seek for media. Also, Apple has stronger foundation and capital to support its
after-sale services. The prices for the new Blackberry and new Samsung Galaxys are very
close, but Apple is willing to drop Samsung Galaxys price in order to increase its sale
and market domination. If RIM follows, its profit will reduce, and it does not have as
many other products as Apple to compensate the loss of profit.
Target Market in India for Samsung Galaxy:

Email is helpful, but they also like phone & music in one device

Teenagers want newest & coolest.

Video Game players

Applications of video games on the go

Apple brand loyal customers

Not as much targeted for business professionals

No office options


Cannot download third party programs

Rogers & Fido customers











Marketing Mix for Samsung Galaxy:
When the marketing mix price, product, place, promotion and by extension people,
process and physical evidence is considered against the current level of market
concentration ratios there are a lot of opportunities on the marketing front available to the
average mobile telephone service provider in Trinidad and Tobago (Freeman, 2006).
However the existing brand loyalties might curtail the degree of freedom enjoyed by each
seller because super market chains stock a variety of products with identical labels from
different sellers. This development has a very significant impact on the organizations
marketing goals too. A conceptual framework for a uniquely propositioned marketing
strategy depends on the viability and logicality of these outcomes. Assuming that a good
marketing plan once put in place would take care of the 7 Ps above, there is very little
else to accomplish in order to maintain a good cash flow and ensure positive and constant
returns over the life cycle of each product launch, growth, maturity and decline.
Price of the product is essentially a reference to the larger context of the companys
pricing strategy and especially in the current competitive environment there is very little
liberty if any available to the firm to adopt a pricing policy of its choice. In fact market
penetration would seem to be the most ideal pricing strategy for Galaxy phone. Product
characteristics include those tangible and intangible benefits for the customer. A typical


cross section of youth and professionals would be inclined to buy Galaxy phone since its
promotion strategy places emphasis on Galaxy phones super brand image. In other
words the seventh P Physical evidence of the product carries much weight as in sensory
marketing. Place again imposes some limitations on the firms ability to exploit broader
marketing principles. Market segmentation strategy of SAMSUNG GALAXY is
exclusively intended for the creation of brand dependency and therefore there is a
drawback associated with its geography. For example SAMSUNG GALAXY which
markets Galaxy phone, has a huge network of stores in almost every nook and corner in
Trinidad and Tobago. Along with a proper promotion policy, an ideal people-oriented
marketing strategy ought to be put in place. Customer-centric product promotion is
nothing new in the industry though product promotion campaigns are less likely to be
determined by any other factors than the strengths of the product. While the emphasis
might be placed on the overall promotion strategy to attract as many potential customers
as possible there wont be any strategic advantage in the long term if the company
concentrates too much on its strengths only. This is a strategic shortcoming in the
continual development process.
Product- SAMSUNG GALAXY has the capacity to adopt both wireless and fiber optic
networks that enable it to deliver multimedia, voice and data services to its customers.
Galaxy phone has been in great demand ever since it was launched. Its software is highly
sophisticated. Its service delivery platform consists of a user friendly interface and the
latest features. SAMSUNG GALAXY is constantly in the process of improving and
improvising its existing products to suit the needs of its customers and to stay ahead of its


competitors. Galaxy phone sets are of high quality thus customers are enticed to buy
them even by paying a higher price.
Price- From a price point of view the download of the interface is free of charge. Even
though the profit margin for each song was only about 10%, the iTunes aim is to be the
center of a users digital world.
Promotion- Most of the retailers are more than glad to promote the idea of a more
powerful and versatile Galaxy phone because its super brand image is compatible with
their brand image. Without restricting themselves to advertising on the television and
radio, a mobile based marketing drive such as sending of messages can be used. Viral
marketing techniques such as the sending of multiple e-mails could be used. Viral
marketing techniques are more cost effective than for example advertising on the
television or radio.
Place- Since Galaxy phone phones are available online they are available anywhere and
anytime. Distribution cost can be curtailed.
People- SAMSUNG GALAXY has to establish meaningful peoples relations such as
with customers, employees and others.
Process- It refers to paraphernalia that assist in the marketing efforts of the products.
Callers on mobiles might text each other and become effective promoters.
Physical environment- SAMSUNG GALAXY has a highly substantial physical
environment related set of services, including technological superiority, for example on


the mobile phone digital music file sharing was never so sophisticated before the launch
of digital mobile telephony services.

Price discrimination on the basis of market segment

Number of factors would have to be considered by the firm in determining the market
price for each segment. For example the firm had a virtually monopoly position in
Trinidad and Tobago in the past though its ability to act as the price maker was limited
by a number of factors such as the ease with which competitors can enter the market and
supply constraints. The absence of monopoly power of SAMSUNG is there though it
cannot be taken for granted in deciding on the price. Thus the price determination process
gives less freedom to the supplier. For instance the price is determined in the mobile


telephony market by the possibility of other firms responding to the unfolding market
developments there. When adequate infrastructure develops in the market newcomers
would have a tendency to enter with ease and not to leave even in the face of rising costs.
Further supply constraints as in the case of natural monopolies like power supply can be
taken into consideration in determining the price.
As the above diagram illustrates the supplier here acts like a monopolist because of his
capacity and capability in price discriminating behavior. He sells the quantity Q at the
price of P2 and makes a monopoly profit equal to the amount shown by the rectangle P1,
P2, X and Y. This surplus profit would not last long if competitors are able to enter the
market with ease. He maximizes profits at the point E where Marginal Cost (MC) is equal
to Marginal Revenue (MR). Thus he is a price maker. His Average Cost (AC) and
Average Revenue (AR) remain at a point higher than the equilibrium point when he
maximizes profits. In fact he can sell to the right of the point E but he doesnt. However
its obvious that depending on the nature of demand for BlackBerry the firm is able to
price discriminate and therefore at least in the short run competitors are less likely to
enter the market. Thus at least in the short run this firm acts as a price maker and not a
price taker as in perfect competition.


Q1. What all brands do you sell?

35% respondents replied that they sell Samsung brand and 25% respondents replied that
they sell blackberry brand


Q2. Among all brands which one is more demanding in the market?

35% respondents replied that Samsung brand is more demanding but 31% respondents
replied that blackberry brand is more demanding

Q3. Which brand is good in quality in comparison with others?


32% respondents replied that Samsung brand is good in quality but 31% respondents
replied that blackberry brand is good in quality
Q4. Which brand is good in case of its availability?

34% respondents replied that Samsung brand is good in case of its availability but 25%
respondents replied that blackberry brand is good in case of its availability
Q5. Which brand is good in case of providing the services on time?


32% respondents replied that Samsung brand is good in case of providing the services on
time but 28% respondents replied that blackberry brand is good in case of providing the
services on
Q6. Which brand has a reasonable pricing strategy?

39% respondents replied that Samsung brand has a reasonable pricing strategy but 26%
respondents replied that blackberry brand has a reasonable pricing strategy
Q7. Which brand do you sell more than others?


29% respondents replied that they sell Samsung brand more than others but 24%
respondents replied that they sell Blackberry brand more than other
Q8. Which brand is more profitable for you?

33% respondents replied that Samsung brand is more profitable for them but 29%
respondents replied that blackberry brand is more profitable for them
Q9. Which brand has an effective marketing and promotional strategy?


28% respondents replied that Samsung brand has an effective marketing and promotional
strategy but 27% respondents replied that blackberry brand has an effective marketing
and promotional strategy
Q10. Which brand do you recommend while customers visit your shop?

43% respondents replied that they recommend Samsung brand to sell but 23%
respondents replied that they recommend blackberry brand to sell


Results of the study
Our first recommendation is that Samsung Galaxy resist commoditization. While the
commoditization of the handset may be an undeniable, inexorable process, we
recommend that Samsung Galaxy make attempts to slow the process down. Samsung
Galaxys brand equity stands as one if its strongest competitive advantages. By
continuing to build its brand, Samsung Galaxy will be able to leverage that brand in short
term handset sales as well as in future long-term dealings with other entities in the value
chain for telecommunications services.

Samsung Galaxy should strengthen its brand through both pus h and pull marketing; push
marketing is the targeting of the next link in the value chain, while pull marketing is the


targeting of end-users in such a way that they ultimately pull the product through the
value chain. As described earlier, Samsung Galaxys current position as a handset maker
in the value chain is weak. With a direct line to customers, it is the service operators (e.g.,
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint PCS, and Cingular) who wield the most power in deciding what
customers see with respect to the marketing mix: product, price, place, and promotion. In
fact, handset makers in Japan are relegated to a single- letter designation on the handset.
A Fujitsu phone, for example, simply shows F on the phone accompanied by a model
number. Service providers want customers to see the names of their respective
companies, not those of the handset makers.

Samsung Galaxy should take steps to ensure that the U.S. market does not follow the
same path as the Japanese market with respect to the name on the handset. One way to do
this is to ask the service providers to sign a long-term contract, such as a ten-year
agreement, stipulating that the brand name Samsung Galaxy remain on the phone. If
Samsung Galaxy is ever going to siphon power away from the service providers, now is
the time. Service providers are facing intense competition and Samsung Galaxy has built
such a strong brand that customers are asking for Samsung Galaxy phones. Service
providers are already leveraging the Samsung Galaxy brand to attract customers. For
example, Sprint PCS currently has a promotion specifically touting a Samsung Galaxy
phone as a sign- up incentive for its service. On the pull side, to encourage customers to
purchase its phones, Samsung Galaxy should continue with direct-to-consumer
advertising, including sponsorships and product placements.


Samsung Galaxy has an advantage over service providers in using product placements
because it is able to show a tangible product that people would want to purchase 14.
Samsung Galaxy is currently sponsoring television shows such as Alias and has
strategically placed its products in movies such as The Matrix. Samsung Galaxy may
achieve something similar in some ways to what Intel has done with the chip with
branding the ingredient and branding to the end-user, such that the handset brand
factors into the customers decision of service providers. In the short-term, with Samsung
Galaxys handsets positioned as stylish and cutting edge, customers will continue to
pay for the perceived added value of the brand. In the long-term, as Samsung Galaxy
transitions from handsets into other markets, such as networking and Internet services, it
will be able to leverage its brand; customers will have positive associations with the name
and Samsung Galaxys designs may provide a sense of not only being hip but

Focus on Replacement Market: With mobile handset penetrating through the mass
market, it is becoming increasingly difficult for handset makers to sell additional mobile
phones and sustain growth. This is especially true for a market leader like Samsung
Galaxy. By the end of the year 2000, approximately 58% of Europeans and nearly 40% of
Americans carried cell phones, according to Herschel Shosteck, president and CEO of the
international wireless consulting firm Herschel Shosteck Associates. With the market
approaching saturation, the only viable source of growth for the mobile handset industry
is the replacement marke t. Figure 4 in the Appendix shows the global trend of the


handset replacement market. Samsung Galaxy has fully recognized the potential of the
replacement market. Our firm opinion continues to be that the replacement will continue
to grow and the share of replacements in the total market will grow, Matti Alahuhta,
president of Samsung Galaxys mobile phone division, told Reuters The replacement
market customers will be pickier about their next handset and will demand data services
(MP3 player, GPS, Mobile Vending Machine, just to name a few) in addition to voice
communications from their mobile handset. Therefore, Samsung Galaxy must concentrate
its efforts on convincing existing users of the need to purchase the next generation of

One way to effectively achieve this goal is to segment the existing customers into
different groups based on their collective characteristics and employ different marketing
strategies to the different target groups. Two groups of customers naturally come to mind
for the replacement market, youth and professional users. For the youth market, the
handset should add services with an emphasis on entertainment. For instance, MP3
players, short message services, chatting, and mobile gaming are some promising
examples. Also for the youth market, careful attention should be paid to the design of the
handset. Teenagers and young adults simply wont buy if the new handset does not look
cool or hip. For professional users, Samsung Galaxy should provide the ability to
remotely access their data and files through the handset. Calendars, conference schedules,
e-mails, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheet, and word processing documents should
be obtained with the touch of a button, at least in the corporate site, if not nationally. Due
to the limited memory capacity available to handsets, Samsung Galaxy should also
provide the means to transfer information from the handset to a computer or PDA.

Professional users are known to pay premium prices for convenience; Samsung Galaxy
will see huge margins for its new handsets if they can provide seamless data access
Enable Data-Driven Services: One way Samsung Galaxy may capture the replacement
market is by working with content providers and enabling the delivery of compelling data
content. With the emergence of 3G, data communications are finally ready to be deployed
for the mobile handset. As a handset manufacturer, Samsung Galaxy does not have core
competence in the data content area, so key alliances with data content providers will be
beneficial in terms of delivering innovative services to customers through Samsung
Galaxys handset. Samsung Galaxy also needs to establish strategic partnerships with
mobile software developers so that new data services can be launched without glitches.
To avoid repeating the dot-com experience, Samsung Galaxy needs to carefully consider
the kind of data services it will offer to customers. For example, motorists will certainly
value GPS and E-911 services more than, say, mobile purchasing capabilities. Samsung
Galaxy needs to obtain the first-mover advantage by successfully launching at least one
type of data service before its competitors. If Samsung Galaxy succeeds in this attempt, it
would further establish the Samsung Galaxy brand by associating innovative data
services with its line of handsets; this would likely encourage consumers to consider
Samsung Galaxy when the time comes to replace their mobile phones.
Focus on the CDMA market: Over the last twelve years, Samsung Galaxy has done
many things right to establish market leadership. It was one of the first companies to
develop a GSM phone in 1992, and since then it has been leading the market in TDMA


technology, of which GSM is a specific standard. Its U.S. market share for TDMA/ GSM
phones is around 64.4%. However, one of the challenges Samsung Galaxy faces is to
maintain its dominance as the technology evolves to 2.5G and onward to 3G. Although
the standards evolution process is not totally clear, it seems like CDMA will be the
technology of choice in the U.S. in the future. And Samsung Galaxy has a big problem in
that its market share for CDMA is a paltry 2.9%. Currently, CDMA and TDMA have
roughly equal presence within the U.S., with CDMA gaining a slight edge in 2001.
Verizon and Sprint PCS are the two major carriers who have all digital CDMA networks.
On the other hand, AT&T and Cingular use TDMA/GSM technology in their networks.
higher data rate; however, in the long run, 3G would probably be deployed which is
primarily based on CDMA technology. Carriers are now starting to deploy 2.5G
networks, which would continue with current standards.

Traditionally, Samsung Galaxy has been extremely good at capturing market share when
the technology changes. During the transition from analog to digital networks, Samsung
Galaxy managed to displace then market leader Motorola, which was slow to catch on.
Until the year 2000, it looked like the current CDMA standard, IS-95, would migrate to
cdma2000 and becomes the dominant standard for 3G systems in the U.S. In late 2000,
however, AT&T completed a deal with NTT DoCoMo of Japan to migrate to GSM
networks and provide new services in the United States. This implies that W-CDMA
(which is the 3G evolution of GSM) might be the preferred evolutionary path for 3G
rather than cdma2000. This uncertainty in future standards is a hurdle as Samsung Galaxy
will be hard-pressed to achieve dominance in both markets. But in any case, we feel that
Samsung Galaxy has to develop more handsets that are based on CDMA so that it does

not lag behind in the technology. Since its strength is in GSM, it should develop phones
for the W-CDMA standard and then move on to cdma2000. Samsung Galaxy should not
allow itself to stumble on technology in the future. In contrast to our previous
recommendations, this is a longer-term issue Samsung Galaxy must address.

As we have shown, Samsung Galaxy must rethink its strategies if it is to remain
successful. The recent economic slowdown coupled with impending market saturation
and the demand for increased functionality, is beginning to dramatically change the
handset market. Samsung Galaxy should take aggressive measures to resist
commoditization if it is to grow and continue being profitable. We have outlined some
ways that it can accomplish this. Its brand has proven to be one of its most valuable
assets, and Samsung Galaxy should continue building it. Samsung Galaxy must also
thoroughly research evolving customer needs and provide a positive impetus for brand
differentiation. Finally, by forming strategic alliances with industry and service providers,
Samsung Galaxy can ensure and maximize its visibility to the end- user. Samsung Galaxy
also needs to bring new products to market, and, as the market is showing signs of
saturation, shift its focus onto the replacement market. This means developing datadriven services and appropriate partnerships with content providers. There simply needs


to be an incentive for existing handset owners to purchase a new Samsung Galaxy

handset. Finally, Samsung Galaxy should secure its long-term position by placing more
R&D and marketing emphasis on CDMA, as opposed to its current core market of
TDMA. CDMA will form the basis of third-generation mobile technology, and it would
be an advantage to be seen as an a priori leader in this domain. While Samsung Galaxys
future and indeed that of the entire mobile communications industry is growing more
uncertain, Samsung Galaxy is not doomed yet. As long as Samsung Galaxy is open to
reworking its marketing strategies


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Q1. What all brands do you sell?


Q2. Among all brands which one is more demanding in the market?



Q3. Which brand is good in quality in comparison with others?


Q4. Which brand is good in case of its availability?




Q5. Which brand is good in case of providing the services on time?


Q6. Which brand has a reasonable pricing strategy?



Q7. Which brand do you sell more than others?


Q8. Which brand is more profitable for you?


Q9. Which brand has an effective marketing and promotional strategy?




Q10. Which brand do you recommend while customers visit your shop?