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its product Coffee & where does it stand as a brand with respect to its competitor.7 Billion in the year 2011. Elements That Shape the Personality of Brand Aaker (1997) explains that “brand personality is the human characteristics that can be applied to a company brand”. Starbucks is currently positioned as an exceptionally tough brand which offers a variety of coffee along with different types of flavours to its potential customers with never forgetful experience in their ever attracting ambience. As rated by Inter brand. Starbucks was founded in 1971 in Seattle (USA) which is also the corporate head quarter of the company. Consumer representations of brands on a five-factor Brand Personality Scale (BPS) can be measured by means of using personality. The company has established its brand by means of pioneering strategies at different level of business and is often considered to have a cult following rather than the traditional customer to product relationship. Starbucks was valued at US$ 3. as seen in diagram below .Introduction The main focus of this essay is the brand Starbucks. Starbucks became a publicity traded company in 1992 and opened an average of two to three stores per day and to date the company has more than 17000 stores including self-operated and licenced store. The given below is the time graph of the company for the period ranging from 1996-2010.
Capability. wherein it in many occasions has mocked its own clients in their advertisements (youtube. Complexity.Honesty – Humble Starbucks worldwide presence and requirement for a standardized service & product had made it really difficult for Starbucks to link by means of its brand. Enthusiasm.Fashionable The logo of Starbucks conveys the trendy message.Assertive Starbucks is known for its quality and brand of coffee and not for selling bad quality coffee. which it has overcome and created. which has helped Starbucks Ruggedness.Western With-in the United States of America Starbucks follows the Western inventiveness by an Italian ambience and designed coffee in order to maintain better services and quality The widely acknowledge factor in creating a crucial connection between its brand and customer is called Brand Personality.t customer view point are:-Alleged Product Superiority – High priced excellent quality coffee -Aims of upcoming performance – The Company build a sense of honesty and faithfulness in its consumers by means of its corporate social responsibility activities. . in order to show that they have the ‘charming’ smooth inspirational value.com). Six different important factors suggested by Didier Louis and Cindy Lombart (2010) that shape the brand personality w.Charming Quiet often Starbucks sends out messages in a charming feeling. a mild feeling and warmth in all its outlets. which has been accepted by its huge coffee consumers. it makes its customers return back for the same feeling there by building a faith in its brand. -Faith in Product – by maintaining a standard and steady and reliable taste.r.
politics. socially conscious . Hence by word of mouth every client becomes an ambassador and free promoter. Added preciseness towards the service orientated companies and Starbucks’ human centric philosophy Speimann & Babin (2011) suggest. religion still every individual appreciate the fact that despite being a little difference also they are treated equally at Starbucks. age. money. -Brand Commitment – regular and faithful starbuck customers are often rewarded with outlandish and special products. Segmentation Starbuck’s doesn’t limit them to one specific behavioural. -Lastly.com). The company encourages women and minorities who own their own businesses. This is one common place for every individual.g. the charm towards the Starbucks product can be sustained and improved by following all the above said parameters. geographical or demographic segment and thus hold multiplicity. Most adults are very openminded however they have their own strong beliefs in regards to different sensitive issues e. a bond is developed between the customers and the product. services personality captures the aura of the particular service providing unit”. race. The non-coffee drinker. “Just as personality captures the aura of a person.-Affection towards product – Once the faith in the brand is set in. The company works to inspires diversity and thus makes its customers feel that they are valued (starbucks.
progress and growth Starbucks also targeted rural community. They initially targeted niche market however in the long run included potential customers from all phase of life. The segmentation used by the company permit itself to position as a high value. small towns. college students and neighbourhoods who would be quite open to the idea of spending $3 for a cup of coffee and spending leisure time with their family or friends at stores. However with the fast expansion. and can be achieved by means of marketing(Jobber & Fahy 2006). . Target Market Selection In the beginning Starbucks mainly targeted the people from social class. respond to market stimulus. One of the primary reasons for Starbuck’s success is the strategy of presenting it stores as amid of office and work to meet up or to socialise. markets with existing various coffee shop and even highway rest stops. high price and social conscious brand.coffee drink and regular coffee drinker are different segments however have same needs.
involves itself at a higher place than the unbranded cheap coffee in the market like Subway. Mc Donald. Beside this the indirect competitor’s also include that sells coffee or related products e. Direct Competitors Companies like Dunkin Donuts & McDonald are the direct competitor to Starbucks not only because they have wide range of Coffee’s to serve its customer however also the fiscal possession & location to influence their strong points to impend the cost-effectiveness of Starbucks. 2002) while choosing certain brands. (Jobber and Fahy. Indirect Competitors Caribou Coffee is the indirect competitors to Starbucks and the reason being is the environment in between the two is quite similar i. Dunkin Donuts. Along with functional and performance benefit a consumer also sees symbolic purposes or social status or to fulfill their internal psychological needs.g. free access to internet. 7-Eleven.. & Einstein Bagels. 2006) Many customers tend to change their taste or band after tasting and liking new stuff. stress-free atmosphere. emotional benefits or both play a very important role in the decision making factor for a customer in choosing his brand (Jobber and Fahy. coffee beans. Panera Bread.Buyers Behaviour issue Functional. Starbucks is actively managing in consumer’s inclination to try new things. . Starbucks is involving its customers directly in to its many products. Introducing new flavors every now and then and making its customers to try them and adapting them for new changes. Biggby Coffee. Competitor’s Analysis A competitor analysis helps a firm to understand the position of its competitors and opportunities that are available to gain a competitive advantage. such as the need for change or newness (emotional purposes) (Solomon et al. 2006). In store bold campaigns like the ‘Bold Coffee’ & ‘Via’ taste tempt the customers to come to store and taste its products. McDonalds etc. Starbucks coffee beverage competitors include Caribou Coffee. Initially Starbucks products that are marketed in the status segment. furniture and fixture.e.
e. numerous coffee chains stores exist. strategy & points of difference. Climate Change. Recycling. appraising that they cannot find it any other brand. . Water and Energy saving programs. In case of Starbucks this embraces: A new I Phone application has been created wherein customer can order and pay online for their products. Cup Summit 3. Joint ventures with PepsiCo for the new retail product called Frappuccino & with Apple and its software programme called iTunes for downloading free music at or within their stores. Starbucks Red Foundation. Starbucks is also indulging in Community activities like catering jobs for USA. and Starbucks Foundation & Starbucks Youth Foundation. The three main aspects where in Starbucks differentiates itself from its competitors are price proposal. Green Building.Future Competitors The coffee industry is continuing to grow on a very fast scale. Exposure and Involvement in environmental activities i. including 7-Eleven and Dunkin Donut. Points of Difference (POD) As per Kotler’s & Keller’s (2009) POD are the various elements or aid that consumers intensely subordinate with their brand.
(Subhadra 2003) A tiny percentage of Starbucks revenue is spent on advertising. Starbucks has always been branded as a very high quality and standard product in the market. as its market target is the educated class of people who do a lot of reading than average (Kembell et al. sitcoms. On the other hand the company mainly relies on its image advertising like movies. Starbucks Card is one of its major promotions. . Interacting with customers through digital media (Internet marketing) is where a lot of its promotion time and money is spent. but never price promotions. In case of Starbucks this embraces: The company to a great extent concentrate on more customer service which is also the prime concern for its business. Starbucks uses Push Strategy as its promotional strategy. It slows customers to interact with its product and leave comments. It actively involves its customers by means of direct selling and laying emphasis on promotion and advertising. Occasionally Starbucks promotes by distributing free samples. Internet marketing. none of their adverts show the pricing info. and sales promotion. Contributions to many non-profit organizations in order to improve its brand image Offering to home taste of tea in foreign countries. Exceptionality is associated with is pricing as high priced goods excludes certain socio economic class of buyers (Solomon et al. when it does advertise. personal selling. This pricing strategy is used to reinforce the brand as being socially responsible and justify its price. Among the many many promotions the company has offered some of the main ones are given below. Print media is the majorly used advertising source of Starbuck. with a reliably very high standard of service Marketing Mix Promotion The much often elements of mix used by Starbucks is advertising.. There is no restriction on the size of coffee offered to corporate offices. Also for such premium brands price promotions tend to hamper their reputation when selling status goods. not only it shows brand loyalty but also provides free advertising. Hence Starbucks when using promotions gives out free trial. public relations.. One of its main aim is to “Serve perfect cup of coffee to customers every time”. This is a referral card where in on purchase of a gift card. One of which is premium pricing for its high quality and uniqueness of its product.Points of Parity (POP’s) Points of parity as proposed by Kotler & Keller (2009) are relations that are not essentially exclusive however can be communal with other merchandises. 2002). Because of company’s commitment to quality prices & due to product pricing being premium. 2002). Pricing Starbucks uses many different strategies that help it optimizing based on different situations.
Starbucks products range from a varieties of 30 whole bean coffees to eco-friendly cappuccino. Starbucks has always been constantly introducing new foodstuffs. oatmeal & smoothies. Apart from all this Starbucks sells cappuccino & coffee makers. coffee makers and other starbuck equipment. . But the main benefit of Starbuck product is what is provides to its customers by means of an opportunity to take a break from the busy schedule in a soothing & relaxing ambience. Apart from its excellent range of beverages. "Instant via Ready" & "Full Leaf Tazo Tea Lattes". old traditional coffee makers. While the other two teas are the new tea products that Starbucks has recently introduced in the market and Starbucks hopes to lure the tea drinkers with its new products (Edwards). To sustain the competition. These new and sleek design models were meant to replace the huge. it offers excellent customer sales through its free Wi-Fi internet and in store atmosphere. Starbucks claims that "Instant via Ready" is totally different from its regular brewed coffee (Jargon). customer needs are often met with special offers like wraps.Product There are many coffee products offered in the market. namely "Tazo Tea Infusions".
Hence Starbucks adopts the distribution strategy of sales through stores only to maintain its exclusivity. it not only attracts customers to its sites to try its products. Starbucks has positioned itself at the top end of the coffee shop market in regards to range of coffee offered to its customers in relaxed and comfortable environment. Starbucks embarks on the sale of ‘Via’ ready brew coffee. a position is a part of specific target market that a company is claiming for its own. In other words. but also matches with its image that it seeks to portray.Place The only way a product can maintain its exclusivity is by restricting its number and type of distribution outlets. By adopting these store only sales. The graph below shows Starbucks stand in the market with respect to its competitors with respect to the different kinds of ambience provided by the different coffee shops. . to add to its sales of coffee beans. all of which are available directly from the store only. Positioning It is concerned with how a company is situated in comparison to its competitors or rivals.
" says Donald. The retail outlets of Starbucks are their only source of ads.Communication In today’s world. the company that spends a very small amount towards its marketing. But for Starbucks it’s totally the opposite. The main aim is to create the ambience and experience in its retail outlets that acts as its advertisement and hence attract people to go more and more. This could be in any ways by means of internet or retail outlet or through media advertisements. . brand management is all about how far the company is able to go in order to surprise and glee its customers. who notes that the company vets each potential extension for appropriateness and practicality. "Our goal is to continue to stay on point for new areas of focus we can convert into beverage and food offerings and other forms of keeping the Starbucks experience out in front of everyone.
“the success of Starbucks is based on creating a distinctive customer experience for their customers”. analyses the core weakness & threats of the companies and some recommendations to improve. the company has started to consider the below 18’s as a fast and ever increasing clientele (Linn 2007). this is because of the fact that Starbucks has an outlet in every other road and people feel that they are deprived of the chance to purchase a coffee of their choice. . youth and the teens. Also the Brand Oppositional Loyalty. Caribou. According to Michelli (2007). On data gathering. it targets the new socio economic market. Starbucks must start analysing its client’s actual opinion against their current experience by means of feedback or questionnaire’s. they can minimize the service-quality lope holes and build on better customer loyalty and trust. This is potentially possible by creating new lower priced coffee product. In adopting the above means. they can analyse the relation between their service quality and customer’s experience.Potential Weakness and Recommendations The below SWOT analysis. Due to the demand for coffee today there are many other small and regional players in the market like Coffee Bean. McCafe and many other independent retailers. It is very clearly proposed here that. SWOT analysis of the Starbucks Brand It is very clear that current market target of 18-40 years is a narrow segment and based on 2009 annual report. Costa.
. here a reccomendation is given for Starbucks to youthenise its brand. confident. This age group is the one that’s imoacts the market. Through its tactical associations and creation of points of difference alllowing for a differentation strategy. The company has shown its ability to generate substantial value to itself from its customers and employees through the brand equity analysis. Due to its tangable value creation Starbucks is today rated as one of the top 100 brands in the world. the company has placed itself in a really good position. Apart from that there is also an emotional response that has been sited towards the brand linked to its personality. smooth and Western have been identified as the key core components of Starbucks that makes it a leader in the market.Conclusion Down to earth. Finally we have identified that one of the important product hampering flaw of Starbucks is the possible genertion gap that Is being created in tge market between the age group of 12 years to 18 years. trendy.
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