Intersection Marketing

Business Strengths + Insights from Market Intelligence = Customer-Compelling Values.

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Eating-and-Drinking-on-the-go trends led beverage manufacturers introducing Plastic and Can Beverages, such as plastic: Coke, Lacasera, Teems, Can-malt, Can-Juice eat, etc

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<h2><a href="http://johniduh.yolasite.com/breakthrough-marketing/trends-in-healthy-living-through-immune-boosting-led-alliance-in-motion-global-developed-c24-7" title="Trends in healthy living through immune boosting led Alliance in Motion Global developed:  C24/7">Trends in healthy living through immune boosting led Alliance in Motion Global developed: C24/7</a>.</h2>
<p><small><span>C24/7 Natura-Ceuticals contains the most number of anti-oxidants with approximately 22,000 phytonutrients in one product. The ingredients of C24/7 work in “synergy” to produce the maximum result for your body, making it the most potent anti-aging product in the history of supplementation.</span></small></p>
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<p><span>C24/7 is the new breakthrough in food supplements; a unique and patented formulation that delivers the highest amount of anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients.<br/><br/>C24/7 is packed with benefits for different needs, from controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, to healthy blood circulation and sexual vitality.</span><span></span></p>

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Trends in healthy living through immune boosting led Alliance in Motion Global developed: C24/7.

C24/7 Natura-Ceuticals contains the most number of anti-oxidants with approximately 22,000 phytonutrients in one product. The ingredients of C24/7 work in “synergy” to produce the maximum result for your body, making it the most potent anti-aging product in the history of supplementation.

C24/7 is the new breakthrough in food supplements; a unique and patented formulation that delivers the highest amount of anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients.

C24/7 is packed with benefits for different needs, from controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, to healthy blood circulation and sexual vitality.

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<h2><a href="http://johniduh.yolasite.com/breakthrough-marketing/dual-trend-in-the-in-hot-drinks-and-the-use-of-herbs-led-kasapreko-a-ghanaian-based-alcoholic-manufacturer-introduces-alomo-bitters-" title="Dual-trend in the in Hot-Drinks and the use of herbs led KASAPREKO, a Ghanaian based alcoholic manufacturer introduces Alomo Bitters.">Dual-trend in the in Hot-Drinks and the use of herbs led KASAPREKO, a Ghanaian based alcoholic manufacturer introduces Alomo Bitters.</a></h2>
<p><small><strong>Alomo Bitters</strong><span class="apple-converted-space"> </span><span>is a herbal alcoholic product made</span><span> </span><span>from carefully chosen tropical plant extracts and</span><span> </span><span>very well known for its proven medicinal values.</span><span> </span><span>It has its roots in the traditional herbal industry</span><span> </span><span>that is meticulously researched by the Centre for</span><span> </span><span>Scientific Research into Plant Medicine a World</span><span> </span><span>Health Organization affiliate, based at Mampong</span><span> </span><span>Akuapem in the Eastern region of Ghana.</span></small></p>
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<p><span class="yui-tag-span yui-tag"><span class="yui-tag-span yui-tag"><strong><br/>Alomo Bitters</strong><span class="apple-converted-space"> </span><span>– A herbal based drink, is not just any ordinary alcoholic drink. With its origins from Ghana, Alomo Bitters is made from carefully selected tropical plant extracts which forms part of a secret recipe. It’s popular for its aphrodisiac qualities.</span></span><span><br/></span></span></p>
<p><span class="yui-tag-span yui-tag">To quote a recent article by Euromonitor -<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span><em>“Africa brings one of the most surprising alcohol growth stories in recent times. Distilled in Ghana, sales of Alomo Bitters in neighboring Nigeria have skyrocketed over the last few years. What’s behind the jump? The drink is said to hold aphrodisiac qualities for men and women. Nigerians mix the beverage with non-alcoholic beer – sales of that have soared in the country too. Plans to export the drink to more countries on the continent are said to be afoot. -</em><span class="apple-converted-space"></span><strong><em>Euromonitor’s</em></strong><span class="apple-converted-space"></span><em>Malandrankis says the supposed sexual enhancing properties “hit all the right buttons in Nigeria.” Watch out for it on local shelves soon.”</em><span></span></span></p>

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<p><span class="yui-tag-span yui-tag">Packaged in a<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>200ml PET, 30ml Sachet</strong><span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>and<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>750ml Glass</strong><span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>bottle Alomo Bitters is developed in conjunction with the Center for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine in Ghana, an affiliate of the World Health Organization,<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Alomo Bitters contains natural components/ingredients which promote/stimulate/enhances vitality and general well being.</strong><span></span></span></p>

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<p><span class="yui-tag-span yui-tag">Alomo Bitters is also c<strong>leanses bowel and relieves body pain, helps ease menstrual pains/cramps in women and contains anti malaria properties</strong><span></span></span></p>

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<p><span class="yui-tag-span yui-tag">Alomo Bitters is enjoyed all over the world, it’s vitalizing and best enjoyed straight or mixed with your favorite juice or soda.<span></span></span></p>

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<p><span class="yui-tag-span yui-tag">In 2012 Alomo Bitters was awarded a Super Brand. It has also been identified to be amongst the top 5 emerging brands in the world by CNN money.<span></span></span></p>

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<p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/companies/2013/10/08/exotic-drinks/6.html"><strong><span class="yui-tag-span yui-tag"><a href="http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/companies/2013/10/08/exotic-drinks/6.html">http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/companies/2013/10/08/exotic-drinks/6.html</a></span></strong></a></p>
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Dual-trend in the in Hot-Drinks and the use of herbs led KASAPREKO, a Ghanaian based alcoholic manufacturer introduces Alomo Bitters.

Alomo Bitters is a herbal alcoholic product made from carefully chosen tropical plant extracts and very well known for its proven medicinal values. It has its roots in the traditional herbal industry that is meticulously researched by the Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine a World Health Organization affiliate, based at Mampong Akuapem in the Eastern region of Ghana.


Alomo Bitters
 – A herbal based drink, is not just any ordinary alcoholic drink. With its origins from Ghana, Alomo Bitters is made from carefully selected tropical plant extracts which forms part of a secret recipe. It’s popular for its aphrodisiac qualities.

To quote a recent article by Euromonitor - “Africa brings one of the most surprising alcohol growth stories in recent times. Distilled in Ghana, sales of Alomo Bitters in neighboring Nigeria have skyrocketed over the last few years. What’s behind the jump? The drink is said to hold aphrodisiac qualities for men and women. Nigerians mix the beverage with non-alcoholic beer – sales of that have soared in the country too. Plans to export the drink to more countries on the continent are said to be afoot. -Euromonitor’sMalandrankis says the supposed sexual enhancing properties “hit all the right buttons in Nigeria.” Watch out for it on local shelves soon.”

Packaged in a 200ml PET, 30ml Sachet and 750ml Glass bottle Alomo Bitters is developed in conjunction with the Center for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine in Ghana, an affiliate of the World Health Organization, Alomo Bitters contains natural components/ingredients which promote/stimulate/enhances vitality and general well being.

Alomo Bitters is also cleanses bowel and relieves body pain, helps ease menstrual pains/cramps in women and contains anti malaria properties

Alomo Bitters is enjoyed all over the world, it’s vitalizing and best enjoyed straight or mixed with your favorite juice or soda.

In 2012 Alomo Bitters was awarded a Super Brand. It has also been identified to be amongst the top 5 emerging brands in the world by CNN money.

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span></span><strong>Chinalife,</strong> born in 2007,  felt that the concept of natural healthy living with herbs and tea had, for far too long, been thrown together with images of perfectly pure people restricting themselves from indulgence. </p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With such reason in mind, <strong>Chinalife</strong> introduced </span><strong>Ultra Slim Tea, </strong><span>a high grade herbal tea traditionally used to help reduce weight & regulate blood fat levels - an effective and natural way to lose weight. </span><strong>Ultra Slim Tea</strong><span> can be infused up to 3 times simply by adding fresh water. Ultra Slim Tea defines a  market space, Kinetizing!</span></p>

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Chinalife, born in 2007,  felt that the concept of natural healthy living with herbs and tea had, for far too long, been thrown together with images of perfectly pure people restricting themselves from indulgence. 

With such reason in mind, Chinalife introduced Ultra Slim Tea, a high grade herbal tea traditionally used to help reduce weight & regulate blood fat levels - an effective and natural way to lose weight. Ultra Slim Tea can be infused up to 3 times simply by adding fresh water. Ultra Slim Tea defines a  market space, Kinetizing!

 

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<h2><a href="http://johniduh.yolasite.com/gurus-on-marketing/historical-flashback-create-a-business-space-in-the-newspaper-industry" title="Historical Flashback create a Business space in the Newspaper Industry">Historical Flashback creates a Business space in the Newspaper Industry</a></h2>
<p><span>The desire to document Nigeria’s historical past events has led to the emergence of a newspaper called <strong>Historical Flashback.</strong> The newspaper  serves as the reservoir of information about Nigeria’s past from the pre colonial period, publishing past historical stories in a refreshed manner for documentation purpose. Many things happened in the country  and they continue to happen because many people did not know what happened in the past. </span><strong>Historical Flashback</strong><span> is the first of its kind in the newspaper industry. </span><strong>Historical Flashback</strong><span> is in the market to fill the gap of documentation. The documentation of the past and materials about Nigeria’s past events that cannot be found anywhere. “If you pick the newspaper you can read about events of 100 years ago, stories of past events before and after the country’s independence. The publishers are researching on the past stories in the country so that they can be freshly presented for those who have anything to do with Nigeria. It’s not just newspaper, its historical, as well as documented information. </span></p>

Historical Flashback creates a Business space in the Newspaper Industry

The desire to document Nigeria’s historical past events has led to the emergence of a newspaper called Historical Flashback. The newspaper  serves as the reservoir of information about Nigeria’s past from the pre colonial period, publishing past historical stories in a refreshed manner for documentation purpose. Many things happened in the country  and they continue to happen because many people did not know what happened in the past. Historical Flashback is the first of its kind in the newspaper industry. Historical Flashback is in the market to fill the gap of documentation. The documentation of the past and materials about Nigeria’s past events that cannot be found anywhere. “If you pick the newspaper you can read about events of 100 years ago, stories of past events before and after the country’s independence. The publishers are researching on the past stories in the country so that they can be freshly presented for those who have anything to do with Nigeria. It’s not just newspaper, its historical, as well as documented information. 

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<h2><a href="http://johniduh.yolasite.com/gurus-on-marketing/kinetizing-marketing-has-the-ability-to-drive-successes-consider-the-introduction-of-energy-bars-whose-market-was-fragmented-by-definition-targeting-at-different-demograp" title="Kinetizing Marketing has the ability to drive successes. Consider the introduction of energy bars, whose market was fragmented by  definition targeting at different demographics.">Kinetizing Marketing has the ability to drive successes. Consider the introduction of energy bars, whose market was fragmented by definition targeting at different demographics.</a></h2>
<p><strong><span> </span></strong><strong><span>Energy bars</span></strong><span> are supplemental bars containing </span><span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cereal" title="Cereal"><span>cereals</span></a></span><span> and other high energy foods targeted at people that require quick energy but do not have time for a meal. They are different from </span><span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_drink" title="Energy drink"><span>energy drinks</span></a></span><span>, which contain </span><span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffeine" title="Caffeine"><span>caffeine</span></a></span><span>, whereas bars provide </span><span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_energy" title="Food energy"><span>food energy</span></a>. </span><span>Holland & Barrett stock a wide range of energy bars that combine </span><a href="http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/categories.asp?cid=5"><span>sports nutrition</span></a><span> with great tasting confectionary. Customer favourite Powerbar, offer a wide choice of tasty energy bars that are a great source of </span><strong>protein</strong><span> and long lasting energy. Trek bars also come in a range of delicious forms, including protein packed flapjacks and virtually fat free brownies.</span>However, there are Energy bars for women, for children, for sports people; even protein bar, Nutrition bar, Honey bar etc.</p>

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Kinetizing Marketing has the ability to drive successes. Consider the introduction of energy bars, whose market was fragmented by definition targeting at different demographics.

 Energy bars are supplemental bars containing cereals and other high energy foods targeted at people that require quick energy but do not have time for a meal. They are different from energy drinks, which contain caffeine, whereas bars provide food energyHolland & Barrett stock a wide range of energy bars that combine sports nutrition with great tasting confectionary. Customer favourite Powerbar, offer a wide choice of tasty energy bars that are a great source of protein and long lasting energy. Trek bars also come in a range of delicious forms, including protein packed flapjacks and virtually fat free brownies.However, there are Energy bars for women, for children, for sports people; even protein bar, Nutrition bar, Honey bar etc.

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Revlon: An ultimate Kinetizing Marketer, smart at Category innovation. Consider  the innovation of  @Colorstay Lipstick!“</span></strong></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Revlon is a global color cosmetics, hair color, beauty tools, fragrances, skincare, anti-perspirant / deodorants and beauty care products company whose vision is<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span></span><span class="corporatebold"><strong>Glamour, Excitement and Innovation through High-quality Products at Affordable Prices</strong></span>. <span>The company began its success with <strong>opaque long-lasting nail enamel</strong> sold to beauty salons. Revlon sold its nail enamel through department stores and selected drugstores. llicitudin.</span> <span>Revlon® is one of the strongest consumer brand franchises in the world. Revlon’s global brand portfolio includes Revlon® color cosmetics, Almay® color cosmetics, SinfulColors® color cosmetics, Pure Ice® color cosmetics, Revlon ColorSilk® hair color, Revlon® beauty tools, Charlie® fragrances, Mitchum® anti-perspirant / deodorants, and Ultima II® and Gatineau® skincare and its products are sold in over 100 countries across six continents. Websites featuring current product and promotional information can be reached at<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span></span><span><a href="http://www.revlon.com/" target="_blank"><span><a href="http://www.revlon.com">www.revlon.com</a></span></a></span><span>,</span><span></span></p>

Revlon: An ultimate Kinetizing Marketer, smart at Category innovation. Consider  the innovation of  @Colorstay Lipstick!“

Revlon is a global color cosmetics, hair color, beauty tools, fragrances, skincare, anti-perspirant / deodorants and beauty care products company whose vision is Glamour, Excitement and Innovation through High-quality Products at Affordable Prices. The company began its success with opaque long-lasting nail enamel sold to beauty salons. Revlon sold its nail enamel through department stores and selected drugstores. llicitudin. Revlon® is one of the strongest consumer brand franchises in the world. Revlon’s global brand portfolio includes Revlon® color cosmetics, Almay® color cosmetics, SinfulColors® color cosmetics, Pure Ice® color cosmetics, Revlon ColorSilk® hair color, Revlon® beauty tools, Charlie® fragrances, Mitchum® anti-perspirant / deodorants, and Ultima II® and Gatineau® skincare and its products are sold in over 100 countries across six continents. Websites featuring current product and promotional information can be reached at www.revlon.com,

Posted 186 weeks ago
<h2><a href="http://johniduh.yolasite.com/gurus/starbucks%E2%80%98-howard-schultz-is-one-of-my-nominees-for-kinetizing-strategy" title="Starbucks‘ HOWARD SCHULTZ is one of my nominees for kinetizing strategy" target="_self">Starbucks‘ HOWARD SCHULTZ is one of my nominees for kinetizing </a>Initiatives</h2>
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<div><span class="userContent">When HOWARD SCHULTZ, starbucks ceo till year 2000,came to the company in 1982, he recognized an unfilled niche for “cafes serving gourmet coffee directly to customers“. This strategic initiative helps starbucks achieve loyal customer base in Seatle. In the next growth phase, it applied the same successful formular that had worked wo<span class="text_exposed_show">nders in seattle, first in other cities in the pacific Northwest, then through out North America, and finally, across the globe. Once starbucks had established itself as a presence in thousands of cities internationally, it sought to increase the number of purchases by existing customers with “kinetizing strategy“ that led to new in-store merchandise including compilation CDs, Starbucks Duetto Visa Cards that allows customer to recieve points towards starbucks‘ purchases when they use it; and high-speed internet wireless access at thousands of starbucks‘ HOTSPOTS through a deal with T-MOBILE. Finally, starbucks kinetized into grocery store aisles with Frappucino bottled drinks, starbucks‘ self-branded ice-cream, and the purchase of a tea retailer, Tazor Tea!</span></span></div>
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Starbucks‘ HOWARD SCHULTZ is one of my nominees for kinetizing Initiatives

When HOWARD SCHULTZ, starbucks ceo till year 2000,came to the company in 1982, he recognized an unfilled niche for “cafes serving gourmet coffee directly to customers“. This strategic initiative helps starbucks achieve loyal customer base in Seatle. In the next growth phase, it applied the same successful formular that had worked wonders in seattle, first in other cities in the pacific Northwest, then through out North America, and finally, across the globe. Once starbucks had established itself as a presence in thousands of cities internationally, it sought to increase the number of purchases by existing customers with “kinetizing strategy“ that led to new in-store merchandise including compilation CDs, Starbucks Duetto Visa Cards that allows customer to recieve points towards starbucks‘ purchases when they use it; and high-speed internet wireless access at thousands of starbucks‘ HOTSPOTS through a deal with T-MOBILE. Finally, starbucks kinetized into grocery store aisles with Frappucino bottled drinks, starbucks‘ self-branded ice-cream, and the purchase of a tea retailer, Tazor Tea!
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<h2><a href="http://johniduh.yolasite.com/blog/ford-repositioned-existing-products-services-resulting-in-an-original-category-" title="Ford Used Kinetizing Model Repositioned Existing Products/Services Resulting in an Original Category." target="_self">Ford Repositioned Existing Products/Services Resulting in an Original Category.</a></h2>
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<p><span>In the United Kingdom, Ford positioned its Galaxy Minivan in relation to First-Class Air Travel comfortable enough to be suitable for busy executives. By highlighting attributes far different from those that would appeal to buyers looking for a family vehicle, the automaker used a classic Kinetizng approach created a Minivan subcategory.</span></p>
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Ford Repositioned Existing Products/Services Resulting in an Original Category.

In the United Kingdom, Ford positioned its Galaxy Minivan in relation to First-Class Air Travel comfortable enough to be suitable for busy executives. By highlighting attributes far different from those that would appeal to buyers looking for a family vehicle, the automaker used a classic Kinetizng approach created a Minivan subcategory.

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<h2><a href="http://johniduh.yolasite.com/blog/royal-philips-used-market-insight-to-kinetize-attuned-to-consumer-tech-trend" title="ROYAL PHILIPS Leverage Market Insight Plus Consumer Electronics-Trend to Kinetize" target="_self">ROYAL PHILIPS Used Insights from Consumer Electronics-Trends, Kinetiz</a>ing</h2>
<p><span class="usercontent"><span>Philips researchers asked 1,650 consumers and 180 customers in dozens of in-depth and qualitative interviews and focus groups on what was most important to them in using technology. Respondents from the Uk, U.S, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, China and Brazil agreed on one theing: they wanted the benefits of tech</span></span><span class="textexposedshow"><span>nology without the hassles. With these, Philips crafted “Sense and Simplicity” campaign with the believe that their brands plus innovation will reflect simplicity – the major of mordern technology. To achieve its plans, Philips tirlessly integrate media: the campaign consists of prints, Online, Television advertisement showcasing perspectives on the journey to simplicity, resonating with consumers. It just make sense!</span></span></p>

ROYAL PHILIPS Used Insights from Consumer Electronics-Trends, Kinetizing

Philips researchers asked 1,650 consumers and 180 customers in dozens of in-depth and qualitative interviews and focus groups on what was most important to them in using technology. Respondents from the Uk, U.S, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, China and Brazil agreed on one theing: they wanted the benefits of technology without the hassles. With these, Philips crafted “Sense and Simplicity” campaign with the believe that their brands plus innovation will reflect simplicity – the major of mordern technology. To achieve its plans, Philips tirlessly integrate media: the campaign consists of prints, Online, Television advertisement showcasing perspectives on the journey to simplicity, resonating with consumers. It just make sense!

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Porter's Generic Strategies

Posted by JOHN on Friday, April 12, 2013 Under: Business Principles That Work

If the primary determinant of a firm's profitability is the attractiveness of the industry in which it operates, an important secondary determinant is its position within that industry. Even though an industry may have below-average profitability, a firm that is optimally positioned can generate superior returns.

A firm positions itself by leveraging its strengths. Michael Porter has argued that a firm's strengths ultimately fall into one of two headings: cost advantage and differentiation. By applying these strengths in either a broad or narrow scope, three generic strategies result: cost leadership, differentiation, and focus. These strategies are applied at the business unit level. They are called generic strategies because they are not firm or industry dependent. The following table illustrates Porter's generic strategies:


Porter's Generic Strategies

Target Scope Advantage
Low Cost Product Uniqueness

Broad
(Industry Wide)

Cost Leadership
Strategy
Differentiation
Strategy

Narrow
(Market Segment)

Focus
Strategy

(low cost)
Focus
Strategy

(differentiation)



Cost Leadership Strategy

This generic strategy calls for being the low cost producer in an industry for a given level of quality. The firm sells its products either at average industry prices to earn a profit higher than that of rivals, or below the average industry prices to gain market share. In the event of a price war, the firm can maintain some profitability while the competition suffers losses. Even without a price war, as the industry matures and prices decline, the firms that can produce more cheaply will remain profitable for a longer period of time. The cost leadership strategy usually targets a broad market.

Some of the ways that firms acquire cost advantages are by improving process efficiencies, gaining unique access to a large source of lower cost materials, making optimal outsourcing and vertical integration decisions, or avoiding some costs altogether. If competing firms are unable to lower their costs by a similar amount, the firm may be able to sustain a competitive advantage based on cost leadership.

Firms that succeed in cost leadership often have the following internal strengths:

  • Access to the capital required to make a significant investment in production assets; this investment represents a barrier to entry that many firms may not overcome.

  • Skill in designing products for efficient manufacturing, for example, having a small component count to shorten the assembly process.

  • High level of expertise in manufacturing process engineering.

  • Efficient distribution channels.

Each generic strategy has its risks, including the low-cost strategy. For example, other firms may be able to lower their costs as well. As technology improves, the competition may be able to leapfrog the production capabilities, thus eliminating the competitive advantage. Additionally, several firms following a focus strategy and targeting various narrow markets may be able to achieve an even lower cost within their segments and as a group gain significant market share.


Differentiation Strategy

A differentiation strategy calls for the development of a product or service that offers unique attributes that are valued by customers and that customers perceive to be better than or different from the products of the competition. The value added by the uniqueness of the product may allow the firm to charge a premium price for it. The firm hopes that the higher price will more than cover the extra costs incurred in offering the unique product. Because of the product's unique attributes, if suppliers increase their prices the firm may be able to pass along the costs to its customers who cannot find substitute products easily.

Firms that succeed in a differentiation strategy often have the following internal strengths:

  • Access to leading scientific research.

  • Highly skilled and creative product development team.

  • Strong sales team with the ability to successfully communicate the perceived strengths of the product.

  • Corporate reputation for quality and innovation.

The risks associated with a differentiation strategy include imitation by competitors and changes in customer tastes. Additionally, various firms pursuing focus strategies may be able to achieve even greater differentiation in their market segments.


Focus Strategy

The focus strategy concentrates on a narrow segment and within that segment attempts to achieve either a cost advantage or differentiation. The premise is that the needs of the group can be better serviced by focusing entirely on it. A firm using a focus strategy often enjoys a high degree of customer loyalty, and this entrenched loyalty discourages other firms from competing directly.

Because of their narrow market focus, firms pursuing a focus strategy have lower volumes and therefore less bargaining power with their suppliers. However, firms pursuing a differentiation-focused strategy may be able to pass higher costs on to customers since close substitute products do not exist.

Firms that succeed in a focus strategy are able to tailor a broad range of product development strengths to a relatively narrow market segment that they know very well.

Some risks of focus strategies include imitation and changes in the target segments. Furthermore, it may be fairly easy for a broad-market cost leader to adapt its product in order to compete directly. Finally, other focusers may be able to carve out sub-segments that they can serve even better.


A Combination of Generic Strategies
- Stuck in the Middle?

These generic strategies are not necessarily compatible with one another. If a firm attempts to achieve an advantage on all fronts, in this attempt it may achieve no advantage at all. For example, if a firm differentiates itself by supplying very high quality products, it risks undermining that quality if it seeks to become a cost leader. Even if the quality did not suffer, the firm would risk projecting a confusing image. For this reason, Michael Porter argued that to be successful over the long-term, a firm must select only one of these three generic strategies. Otherwise, with more than one single generic strategy the firm will be "stuck in the middle" and will not achieve a competitive advantage.

Porter argued that firms that are able to succeed at multiple strategies often do so by creating separate business units for each strategy. By separating the strategies into different units having different policies and even different cultures, a corporation is less likely to become "stuck in the middle."

However, there exists a viewpoint that a single generic strategy is not always best because within the same product customers often seek multi-dimensional satisfactions such as a combination of quality, style, convenience, and price. There have been cases in which high quality producers faithfully followed a single strategy and then suffered greatly when another firm entered the market with a lower-quality product that better met the overall needs of the customers.


Generic Strategies and Industry Forces

These generic strategies each have attributes that can serve to defend against competitive forces. The following table compares some characteristics of the generic strategies in the context of the Porter's five forces.


Generic Strategies and Industry Forces

Industry
Force
Generic Strategies
Cost Leadership Differentiation Focus
Entry
Barriers
Ability to cut price in retaliation deters potential entrants. Customer loyalty can discourage potential entrants. Focusing develops core competencies that can act as an entry barrier.
Buyer
Power
Ability to offer lower price to powerful buyers. Large buyers have less power to negotiate because of few close alternatives. Large buyers have less power to negotiate because of few alternatives.
Supplier
Power
Better insulated from powerful suppliers. Better able to pass on supplier price increases to customers. Suppliers have power because of low volumes, but a differentiation-focused firm is better able to pass on supplier price increases.
Threat of
Substitutes
Can use low price to defend against substitutes. Customer's become attached to differentiating attributes, reducing threat of substitutes. Specialized products & core competency protect against substitutes.
Rivalry Better able to compete on price. Brand loyalty to keep customers from rivals. Rivals cannot meet differentiation-focused customer needs.


Recommended Reading

Porter, Michael E., Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors

Competitive Strategy is the basis for much of modern business strategy. In this classic work, Michael Porter presents his five forces and generic strategies, then discusses how to recognize and act on market signals and how to forecast the evolution of industry structure. He then discusses competitive strategy for emerging, mature, declining, and fragmented industries. The last part of the book covers strategic decisions related to vertical integration, capacity expansion, and en

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