Assessment Type: Case Study and Presentation Case study analysis report: 20 marks Presentation in class: 5 marks
1. Please read the case study given to you carefully.
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3. If any two group’s work is found to be similar, both the groups would be awarded an ‘F’ grade.
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6. You must show evidence of extensive research for the case study analysis. It is recommended that you use journal articles, newspapers/magazines, websites and books. In doing so acknowledge all sources of any facts and ideas which are not your own.
7. The Case study analysis report should contain Introduction to the case study, Answer to Question 1, Answer to Question 2, and Conclusion.
8. Your report should contain the Bibliography at the end of the report.
Case Study – Marketing Excellence: Microsoft
Microsoft is the world’s most successful software company. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975 with the original mission of having “a computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software.” Since then, Microsoft has grown to become the third most valuable brand in the world through strategic marketing and aggressive growth tactics.
Microsoft’s first significant success occurred in the early 1980s with the creation of the DOS operating system for IBM computers. The company used this initial success with IBM to sell software to other manufacturers, quickly making Microsoft a major player in the industry. Initial advertising efforts focused on communicating the company’s range of products from DOS to the launch of Excel and Windows—all under a unified “Microsoft” look. Microsoft went public in 1986 and grew tremendously over the next decade as the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office took off. In 1990, Microsoft launched a completely revamped version of its operating system and named it Windows 3.0. Windows 3.0 offered an improved set of Windows icons and applications like File Manager and Program Manager that are still used today. It was an instant success; Microsoft sold more than 10 million copies of the software within two years—a phenomenon
in those days. In addition, Windows 3.0 became the first operating system to be preinstalled on certain PCs, marking a major milestone in the industry and for
Throughout the 1990s, Microsoft’s communication efforts convinced businesses that its software was not only the best choice for business but also that it needed
to be upgraded frequently. Microsoft spent millions of dollars in magazine advertising and received endorsements from the top computer magazines in the industry, making Microsoft Windows and Office the must-have software of its time. Microsoft successfully launched Windows 95 in 1995 and Windows 98 in 1998, using the slogan, “Where Do You Want to Go Today?” The slogan didn’t push individual products but rather the company itself, which could help empower companies and consumers alike. During the late 1990s, Microsoft entered the notorious “browser wars” as companies struggled to find their place during the Internet boom. In 1995, Netscape launched its Navigator browser over the Internet.
Realizing what a good product Netscape had, Microsoft launched the first version of its own browser, Internet Explorer, later that same year. By 1997, Netscape held a 72 percent share and Explorer an 18 percent share. Five years later, however, Netscape’s share had fallen to 4 percent.
During those five years, Microsoft took three major steps to overtake the competition. First, it bundled Internet Explorer with its Office product, which included Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Automatically, consumers who wanted MS Office became Explorer users as well. Second, Microsoft partnered with AOL, which opened the doors to 5 million new consumers almost overnight. And, finally, Microsoft used its deep pockets to ensure that Internet Explorer was available free, essentially “cutting off Netscape’s air supply.” These efforts, however, were not without controversy. Microsoft faced antitrust charges in 1998 and numerous lawsuits based on its marketing tactics, and some perceived that it was monopolizing the industry. Charges aside, the company’s stock took off, peaking in 1999 at $60 per share. Microsoft released Windows 2000 in 2000 and Windows XP in 2001. It also launched Xbox in 2001, marking the company’s entrance into the multibillion-dollar gaming industry.
Over the next several years, Microsoft’s stock price dipped by over $40 a share as consumers waited for the next operating system and Apple made a significant comeback with several new Mac computers, the iPod, the iPhone, and iTunes. Microsoft launched the Vista operating system in 2007 to great expectations; however, it was plagued with bugs and problems. As the recession worsened in 2008, the company found itself in a bind. Its brand image was tarnished from years of Apple’s successful “Get a Mac” campaign, a series of commercials that featured a smart, creative, easygoing Mac character alongside a geeky, virus-prone, uptight PC
character. In addition, consumers and analysts continued to slam Vista for its poor performance. In response, Microsoft created a campaign entitled “Windows. Life Without Walls” to help turn its image around. The company focused on how cost effective computers with its software were, a message that resonated well in the recession. It launched a series of commercials boasting “I’m a PC” that began with
a Microsoft employee (looking very similar to the PC character from the Apple ads) stating, “Hello, I’m a PC and I’ve been made into a stereotype.” The commercials,
which highlighted a wide variety of individuals who prided themselves on being PC owners, helped improve employee morale and customer loyalty. Microsoft opened a handful of retail stores—similar to Apple stores—in 2009. “The purpose of opening these stores is to create deeper engagement with consumers and continue to learn firsthand about what they want and how they buy,” Microsoft said in a statement.
Today, the company offers a wide range of software and home entertainment products. In the ongoing browser wars, Internet Explorer holds a 66 percent market
share compared to Firefox’s 22 percent and Safari’s 8 percent. In 2009, Microsoft launched a new search engine called Bing, which challenges Google’s dominant position in the marketplace and claims to give better search results. Microsoft’s most profitable products continue to be Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office, which bring in approximately 90 percent of the company’s $60 billion in revenue.
1. Appraise the marketing strategy of Microsoft in good and poor economic times illustrating the pros and cons associated with Microsoft’s most recent “I’m a PC” campaign in the dynamic business environment
2. Examine the significance of development of customer value propositions and competitive differentiation. Develop a competitive strategy to compete with Apple elucidating if Microsoft doing a good thing by acknowledging Apple’s campaign in its own marketing message.
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