When it comes to athletic apparel, the first company people think of is either Nike or Adidas. Why is this so? Both Nike and Adidas have done an impressive job in marketing their products, with popular spokesperson like Kobe Bryant or Derrick Rose. Nike’s success is attributed to its products contributing to the success of the athletes who purchase them. Nike and Adidas seemed as though they had control on the athletic apparel oligopoly, but recently, Under Armour has become a serious competitor to the two companies.
They want people to , when looking for sporting gears, see the brand of nike and instantly know that is quality and reliable products on the shelf. They used ethos ,pathos, and logos to boost their campaign in establish well known sporting product on worldwide platform. This is the way how nike has become so successful in its category. Nike is setting standards that other companies are following in sporting
Nike has been around much longer than most would think and continues to be the leading trend setter in athletic wear. Nike was started in January of 1964. The athletic company began as just a small clothing distributing company out of the truck of Phil Knight’s, owner and CEO of Nikes, Car. The Saying you started from the bottom is very true when it comes to Nike who now leads in sales of all athletic gear compared to Adidas who at the time of 1964 was the most popular athletic company. From starting in a truck of a car no one would suspect that this company would not only be defined as the definition of ‘cool’ when purchasing clothing and shoes from stores all over the United States but yet the brand that carries our pop culture.
Nikes revenue for football started off as $40 million dollar business and grew to a 1.5 billion business in just 15 years. The CEO put a new strategic management in place when they decided to partner up with the Brazilian National Team. They decided to market towards 13 year old football players and fans and aimed to build that culture. The change of the target segment, they believed that the target gave them a different opportunity to grow as they hoped to have exciting new products and marketing methods. Nike kept growing and taking the opportunities at each world cup to keep expanding.
The sporting goods industry has a long history from the mid- 1800s until the early 1980s. Since then public ownership led to the expansion of footwear and apparel products in an exploding marketplace. This allowed the top 20 firms to have sales of at least $1 billion. (Lipsey, 2006) After 1980s, sports equipment manufacturing is estimated above a $70 billion industry and is continuously growing worldwide (statista.com, 2014). The production of sports equipment is one of the biggest and most profitable industries nowadays and it gathers all the attention of big brands with powerful marketing techniques which compete in global scale.
Internal Analysis When conducting an internal analysis you must know the firm’s resources and capabilities. Nike’s resources are assets from succeeding in their industry. These resources include financial resources, physical resources, human resources and organizational capabilities. Firms Resources & Capabilities: Human Resources-. The company displays a strong workforce of over 30,000+ employees.
Micro and Macro Environmental factors that influence Marketing decisions (LO 2.1) Micro Environment: This indicates those elements over which the marketing firm has control or which it can use in order to gain information that will better help it in its marketing operations. Furthermore, these are the factors close to a business that have a direct impact on its business operations and success. It is important to carry out a full analysis of micro environmental factors prior to decide corporate strategy.
Nike has managed to shift their Manufacturing unit into Asian country’s were the labor is cheap to be exact wages of USD1 an hour were so little as one-tenth of those given in the US. No wonder that a pair of shoes which were sold for $150 in 1991 is made by indoasian women who were 58 cents a day but the situation has started to change and due to that reason the company has managed to minimize cost of production and not only double triple the the revenue as comparing to the year 1996. Finally we come up with promotion and advertising campaigns which became a grand success not only because they introduced sportspersons , they also introduced innovative ideas and wise strategies and the image of the Product, due to this process we can say that Nike targeted a huge no of audience and created a Prestigious brand which will be easily available for average people . they also came up with great tag lines such as ‘there is no finish life’ , and in the 1980 they changed it into “ JUST DO IT “ these quotes of tag lines are considerd very simple but very attracting and extremely encouraging for the customers .
Nike began to sell sports apparel, athletic sports bags and extra accessories since 1979. Also, their brand Cole Haan transmits a whole clothing-line of casual dress and footwear as well as the latest and accessories for men, women and children. Correspondingly, they market head gear under the brand name ‘Sports Specialties’, for motorbikes and bicycles through ‘NikeTeam manufactures’. Furthermore, they distribute ice skates, roller blades, safety gear, and jerseys.
Nike is the leading and renowned world supplier of athletic apparel and shoes. The brand is in control of over 47% of the market for athletic shoes. The company begun way back in 1962 and it was founded by Phil Knight and Bill Bower. It was originally known as Blue Ribbon Support and only in 1978 did it change its name to the worldwide recognized brand, Nike. Nike provides its products to more than 100 countries throughout the world.
Goals Nike focuses on pursuing opportunities and improving their product to enhance the human potential. Thereby they create product, services and experiences for athletes helping them overcome limitations such as climate and road types. Core Competency and Sustainable Competitive Advantage Nike’s have maxims to help Nike employees to create better products and provide better services for the customers. Henceforth creating better customer value compared to companies.
China has experienced rapid economic growth and become one of the biggest Big Emerging Markets (BEMs) as of 2013.(Garten J 1997) Since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, sport has become a part of lifestyle and fashion attitudes in China, which is making a booming market for sportswear as well as clothing and footwear for outdoor activities (ITC 2012). This research project would mainly benefit Arsenal Football club but it could also help competitors and other companies aiming to enter or grow in the Chinese sports merchandise
Marketing strategies is a thoughtful analysis of a product and the target market to design a series of strategies focusing on the competencies while ensuring to overcome the weaknesses of the product. The core purpose behind devising marketing strategies for any product is to fulfil the marketing objectives or goals set by the organization for the promotion and sales of a product. Chanel is one of a kind brand which every individual is aware of. A high end line of beauty products particularly their perfumes have made the brand spark in the cosmetic industry. The reasons for such high popularity of the product besides the high quality, is the effective marketing of the product.
The psychology behind the design of their logo such as the colour scheme to evoke our feelings, the simplistic design of the “swoosh” created out of just two curved lines showing minimalism at its best, and the symbol of the “swoosh” to suggest motion and speed and the wing of a fierce Goddess explains why NIKE is one of the most well-known sports manufacturers worldwide. A strong identity design is more important than the quality of the products they produce in terms of reaching a variety of consumer
Price Strengths 1. Low Cost Manufacturing Nike has a company who use the low cost manufacturing for production footwear. All of the Nike’s footwear virtually is manufactured outside of the United States by independent contract manufacturers such as Vietnam, China and Indonesia. Nike was operate multiple factories around the worlds. In 2014, Vietnam, China, and Indonesia manufactured roughly about 43%, 28%, and 25% of total Nike branded footwear and it has also operations in other country such as Argentina, Brazil, India, and Mexico.