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Assessment task Marketing Plan Apple iPOD V

Contents Executive Summary____________________________________________3 Situation Analysis -Market Analysis_______________________________________________3 -Product Analysis_______________________________________________4 -SWOT Analysis_______________________________________________ 4 -Competitor Analysis ___________________________________________ 6 Marketing Objectives__________________________________________ 7 Identifying Target Market -Selecting Target Market_________________________________________7 -Target Market_________________________________________________7 Developing Marketing Strategies Marketing Mix: -Product________________________________________________________8 -Price__________________________________________________________8 -Promotion______________________________________________________9 -Place__________________________________________________________9 Implementing the Marketing Plan__________________________________10 Monitoring and Controlling -Developing a Financial Forecast____________________________________10 -Comparing actual and planned results________________________________11

‡ Capital Availability: Competition may cause mishap in the cash flow. monitoring and controlling. made and delivered. marketing strategies that have been used and the forecasted strategies. It must be integrated directly into operations (to increase productivity). Additionally this Ipod can be used in your car and in other mobile settings. This product allows consumers to download not only their favourite music but also books and other literature which can be read and listened to.-Revising the marketing strategies____________________________________11 Appendix ______________________________________________________12 Appendix A_____________________________________________________13 Appendix B_____________________________________________________14 Appendix C_____________________________________________________15 Executive Summary The focus of this report is on new Apple Ipod product that has created increasing demands in various outlets. ‡ Technological Adoption: Technology must be adopted to improve overall efficiency. the target market. as well stay on date with the amounts of Ipod¶s ordered. marketing objectives. Sufficient funds must be available when competitors unpredictably put forward their product in the market. This report is for Apple to give a brief description of this product. External Influences: . Situation Analysis Market Analysis Internal Influences ‡ Management: Effective management is required for the training and development of employees for the continue innovation of Apple Ipod and for retraining sufficient funds during competitor introducing new product. Within this marketing report there is an insight of the situation analysis of this product.

where more and more people are aware and purchasing the product. however competition is increasing as competitors are more cognisant of the tactics of Apple Ipod i.‡ Competitors: Competitors will regulate what. how and why strategies will be adopted. as more people are made aware of the product. Sales are growing rapidly and profits are rising quickly. . The introduction of new products will greatly influence Apple Ipod. ‡ Demographic Patterns: Males and females from the age of 12years and over will be in favour of this product because of its new innovation to be able to not only play music but also books and other literature which would in fact appeal to them. when. using new features to market their product. Apple Ipod is currently in the growth stage. Product Analysis Product Lifecycle X. During this stage there are also opportunities for wider distribution.The stage that Apple Ipod is currently in. increasing product demand. ‡ Overseas Influences: The breaking down of barriers between countries can increase the sales of the new Apple Ipod. which will result in higher sales.e.

‡ The threat of not appealing to target market at all therefore generating a loss as opposed to profit ‡ Entry of imitators ‡ Vulnerable to the business cycle ‡ Tough laws being placed on internet MP3 downloads . when the niche market is already controlled by other competitor¶s ‡ Poor use of promotional strategy. ‡ Growing market trend ‡ New competitors continually enter the market.SWOT Analysis Strengths: Weaknesses: ‡ There are enough financial resources that are allocated for the operation of this product. Opportunities: Threats: ‡ Opportunity to capitalise financially ‡ Develop an admirable/exceptional goodwill that can have monetary value in future ‡ Opportunity for fast market growth as parents may see this as an educational device as it is able to read books. as consumers were not properly introduced on the products significant use. ‡ Appealing to both males and females ‡ Good competitive skills ‡ Past products have had a good reputation ‡ Advanced key technology ‡ Product innovation skills ‡ The product has a narrow product line therefore unable to expand into other markets ‡ High prices may push potential customers to competitors with affordable prices ‡ Introducing a new product.

1 Competitor No. The Apple ipod is much more popular because the market is aware of their product giving them an advantage over iriver H10 although iriver H10 has been receiving outstanding reviews on their excellent use of new technology which may be a threat to Apple Ipod¶s sales. .2 Competitor Name Rio Carbon (5GB) iriver H10 What are the product objectives? Increase sales of this product by 10% by the next year.Competitor Analysis Competitor No. To be the leading supplier of MP3 players in all markets in which the company operates What is the products current strategy? Sell off the products at competitive and profitable prices and maintain customer satisfaction To top competitors product technology by innovating the current product What are its strengths? Rio Carbon offer their product at affordable prices which appeal to consumer¶s while maintaining strong quality The iriver H10 out classes the competition in the features that they offer to consumer¶s What are its weaknesses? The Rio Carbon is a new competitor in the competition and therefore it may be difficult for them to gain market share because of the unknown brand loyalty The iriver H10 comes at a very costly price which may lead customer¶s to purchase competitor¶s products at an affordable price How does the Apple Ipod match up against the other products? The Apple ipod is much more popular because the market is aware of their product giving them an advantage over Rio Carbon although Rio Carbon is a new competitor which may intimidate Apple Ipod with their associated low costs.

Apple ipod is used by young adults and teenagers and for both male and female. gender and desire for image. Develop Marketing Strategies . ‡ Expanding distribution to department stores by 10% ‡ Increasing brand awareness to 60% of potential customers ‡ To expand existing markets by 10% in the next quarter.Marketing Objectives The various marketing objectives that will assist in the achievement in the overall product goal are: ‡ To be the leading supplier of MP3 players in all markets in which the company operates ‡ Increase in sales by 20% ‡ Increase in revenue by 20% ‡ Progressively increase market share by at least 15% within the year. A promotion campaign will be introduced to encourage present buyer to increase the use of the product. Identify Target Market Selecting target market ‡ Apple Ipod is aimed at young adults particularly those between the age of 12-25 ‡ It will appeal to both males and females ‡ Targeted at the niche market creating product desirability ‡ Middle/high class ‡ People who have a passion or interest in music and/or literature ‡ This is large enough to engender revenues and profits Target Market Strategies Apple Ipod has adopted the differentiated market for their products as its products are characterised in age.

therefore product will be positioned in department stores associated with prestige products.High price attract an image of quality .In this way. price creates perception of quality. Price Apple Ipod will use cost base method to derive its prices.Have product identification so easily separated from its competitors .Product differentiation so it is unique . clear and consistent image of the product in the consumer¶s mind which is essential. Packaging ± Apple Ipod¶s packaging will: . This will associate a level of quality with the brand and will not only increase brand loyalty and repeat services.Marketing Mix Product This product allows consumer¶s to download not only their favourite music but also books and other literature which can be read and listened to. . Positioning ± aimed at the middle to high class.This will allow Apple Ipod to increase its market share Promotion . Additionally this Ipod can be used in your car and in other mobile settings (refer to appendix A for product).using the most cost efficient method of packaging This will make the product both functional and desirable to possible consumers. Branding ± Apple Ipod will give consumer¶s one year warranty to assure consumers of the quality of the product. but also sell products at a premium to competitors. They will add a 65% profit margin to the cost of the product to gain efficient revenue. This will create a strong. Price and quality interactions ± .

Fragmenting bulk supplies of inventory .Most cost efficient methods to fulfil the above By doing this Apple Ipod will add value to their product by altering consumer perceptions Below-the-line promotions ± Apple Ipod will use a direct method to induce customers to purchase their product by offering any Ipod accessory (refer to appendix C for accessories) per customer for half the value price with every purchase of a new Apple Ipod.Apple Ipod will spotlight on a successful advertising campaign comprising of magazine and television advertisements focusing on (refer to appendix B for magazine advertisement): . Place Distribution channels ± Apple Ipod will use indirect distribution where an intermediary organisation will be involved in the process.How often they want the target market to be exposed to the advertisement .The target market (teenagers and young adults) . This will allow the business to directly measure the success of the campaign by observing the sales rate of the promotional tool. but on the other hand will help Apple Ipod increase their profits and market shares.When they want to reach their target market . By leasing the trucks Apple Ipod will accumulate extra funds to utilize else were.Give financial services to retailers . Advertising . The intermediaries will provide functions such as: .Increase ease of customer purchase This will assist Apple Ipod as they can concentrate on other areas of the business Transportation ± Apple Ipod will lease trucks in order to transport the inventory to intermediaries.By promoting the Apple Ipod this will satisfy the needs of the customer¶s and business. Consumers will gain better understanding of the product and how it can satisfy their needs. .

130 activities . Distribution of the product must be efficient. This will ensure the success of the product in the stores. ‡ To attain a 15% increase in market shares within the annual and achieve positive growth in the sales of the PRODUCT! ‡ Minimising distribution cost Financial forecast. For its success.020 $6.670 Net profit from marketing $780 $10. This problem has already been taken care of with convenient transport routes to commercial areas and transport already being arranged. The forms of promotion such as advertising must be attracting and enticing to the target market to get the greatest amount of exposure possible for the product. Developing a Financial Forecast ‡ To achieve a healthy and continuous growth in profit. It must also be efficient so as not to build inventory stocks and inventory prices.670 Total costs $16. Apple Ipod Company must impose several key changes.800 Costs Fixed costs $9.670 $6. Production needs to be on time and meet the quota demanded from 2005 2006 Revenue $16. Implementing.Warehousing ± inventory will be kept in a warehouse close to the intermediaries which will minimise transport costs.800 $16. Monitoring and Controlling Apple Ipod Company will change because of the new added features to the product range.350 $0 Variable cost $6. The marketing needs to be motivated and knowledgeable about the product.

it is suggested that Apple Ipod change one of your marketing strategies to solve this problem.Apple Ipod predicted that there would be a 20% increase in revenue. Rather than advertising which is aimed at improving the public image of Apple Ipod. It is suggested that Apple Ipod change their strategies to motivate further sales. It is advised that Apple Ipod add an extra feature to their current product. In order for Apple Ipod to gain competitive advantage and increase market share you must readjust your marketing strategies. . It is suggested that Apple Ipod change their strategies to motivate further sales. but sales figures were lower than expected and showed a 10% increase in revenue. Apple Ipod should introduce a public relations scheme to improve the relationship between the company and their markets. This will differentiate your product from current competitors and will result in an increase in market share. A new innovative feature you may consider is cordless earphones that send the sound via Bluetooth technology. but this was due to external factors were there has been a large boost of competitors in the Mp3 industry threatening Apple Ipod¶s market share.return on marketing investments 5% 152% Comparing actual and planned results Financial forecasting . but sales figures were lower than expected and showed a 10% increase in sales. Profitability . Market share ± Apple Ipod predicted that there would be a 15% increase in market share. As mentioned above Apple Ipod received a decrease in sales.Apple Ipod predicted that there would be a 20% increase in their level of sales. Revising the marketing strategies After 6 months have elapsed we have found that you need to change your marketing mix strategies to fix the above problems. public relations is aimed at increasing a business¶s sales.