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UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD
ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
LECTURER: Mr. Roland KiewHuizhong bei
CONTENTS1. Executive Summary & Overview of company2. Early history3. STP Strategy
4. Markets of BMW
5. Marketing mix
OVERVIEW OF THE COMPANY & EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis marketing report aims to examine and explain the marketing strategies of BMW , In this report I will be focusing on:
ITS HISTORY & PROUCTS STP STRATEGY
MARKETING MIX ANALYSIS
Gallery Selection BMW is an acronym forBayerische Motoren Werke AG-- or, in English, Bavarian Motor Works. Whatever you call it, the German-based company is one of the world's most respected automakers, renowned for crafting luxury cars and SUVs that offer superior levels of driving enjoyment.
Founded in Munich, the company began in the early 1910s as an aircraft manufacturer. BMW's current logo, designed to represent white propeller blades against a blue sky, reflects these origins; its blue-and-white color scheme also references Bavaria's blue-and-white checkered flag.
It wasn't until 1928 that production began on the first BMW automobile, the Dixi. The car proved tremendously popular, and its success helped the manufacturer weather the Depression. BMW's best-known pre-World War II vehicle was the Type 328 roadster, a supple two-seater that racked up over 120 victories on the motorsport circuit between 1936 and 1940. Postwar BMW cars maintained this tradition, winning several racing, rallying and hill climb victories.
The early 1950s saw the launch of the BMW 501, a roomy, voluptuous sedan that was resplendent with all of the hopefulness of that era. It was soon followed by the 502 which was powered by the world's first light-alloy V8, foreshadowing BMW's ongoing commitment to developing new technology. The best-selling BMW of that decade was the Isetta, a petite two-seat "microcar" typically powered by a 12- or 13-horsepower engine. The mid-'50s also saw the debut of the limited production and breathtakingly beautiful 507 sports car which had an alloy body and used the 502's V8 for propulsion. In the 1960s, BMW sales strengthened significantly, thanks in part to the immense popularity of the 1500, a sporty family sedan.
By the 1970s, BMW was establishing itself as a full-fledged car company. It was a pioneer for many emerging technologies, including turbocharging and advanced vehicle electronics. This was also the period when BMW of North America was established and consumers, who coveted both sports and luxury cars, became loyal "Bimmer" owners. The '70s also saw the birth of BMW's three-tier sport sedan range consisting of the 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series cars and the creation of its performance M division.
More recently, the company has been expanding its reach worldwide. It opened its first U.S. manufacturing plant in the latter half of the 1990s and has expanded its brand empire to include Mini and Rolls-Royce. BMW also continues to build motorcycles, something it has done since the 1920s.
The automaker's famous advertising slogan describes each of its vehicles as "the ultimate driving machine," and it's not mere hyperbole. Over the past couple of decades, BMWs have become the standard for performance and luxury in most of the "over $30,000" segments. With family-friendly wagons, crisp sedans, distinctive coupes, nimble sports cars and spacious SUVs offered, BMW's model roster is diverse. But its luxury vehicles all share a common characteristic: the ability to make drivers feel gloriously connected to the road.
EARLY HISTORY BMW Group, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is one of the most successful multi brand premium automobile manufacturers in the world. The company manufactures, distributes and sells passenger cars (including Sedans, Coupes, and Convertibles etc) and motorcycles. BMW operates three business segments namely: Automobiles, Motorcycles and Financial Services. BMW is the parent company of the Mini and Rolls-Royce car brands, and, formerly, Rover (car)/Rover. The company's slogans in English are "The Ultimate Driving Machine" and "Sheer Driving Pleasure". The company produces, and markets, a varied range of a higher end sporty cars and motorcycles. BMW has also manufactured the first passenger car running on hydrogen ready for common use, although the production figures are limited by the lack of a respective filling station net. In addition to cars and motorcycles, BMW operates an aircraft engine division under the brand name of Rolls Royce.
The company has worldwide subsidiaries and manufacturing plants in Germany, Austria, the UK, the USA, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. BMW Group comprises of many segments within its vast portfolio, but I would be only concentrating on Automobiles. BMW group is focused on fabricating a variety of tangible products, and also the group has many intangible financial services. The BMW Groups automotive which I am more interested in this easy is portioning of their portfolio consists of the three premium brands: BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce of which I would be more only looking at BMW and would also demonstrate their marketing. BMW is supported by 11 different model series which are: BMW C1, BMW 1 series, BMW 3 series, BMW 5 series, BMW 6 series, and BMW 7 series, BMW X 3, BMW X 5, BMW X 6 and the BMW Z4, BMW M5, BMW M6, and BMW Z4 MWell I agree with the below statement which is being provided by BMW group which states that the BMW offers emotional product to the customers this could be seen or felt with their current marketing strategies also with their SWOT analysis, PLC and as well as Research and Development."We offer our customers emotional products, which through the strength of the brand and the substance of the product fulfil the customers wish for individualisation and differentiations.
BMWs mission statement is clearly defined as To be the most successful premium manufacturer in the industry, (Reference- www.bmw.co.uk). The main reason of BMWs success is recognized by the development of a steady marketing policy. The company has built its brand and continues to focus on the following core values which is shown in the below figure. BMW has always maintained this core values since the companys inception. In addition to the message of these values, we can see it in advertising campaigns on television, press, magazine, trade fairs, motor shows, etc. We can also find company explicitly expresses one or more of these values in all BMW advertisements. However, we can also point out that BMW also banks on the sensitively to the environment, which we can see with the current advertising strategies of the company. BMW has always used a differentiated strategy, this means that they aim on specific automobile markets. This markets suit different people within the specific segmentation. The markets that BMW would normally or likes to target are Sports Convertibles (Z3, 3 series, and new Z4), Executive (3 series, 5 series), Super Executive (7 series), Touring / Estate (3 series, 5 series), Super sports (M series), and 4X4 (X5). Let have a look at BMW competitor analysis where we can find BMW is a provider of premium cars and primarily serves for customer as if life time experience for them. BMW ensures to have full satisfaction to their customers. Moreover, also we can find out the competitors as their segmented markets. List of few BMW Groups series lines and brand names has to market specific competitors. 1 Series: Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf, Alfa Romeo 147, 3 Series: Audi A4, Jaguar X-Type, Mercedes C-Class, Lexus IS200, 5 Series: Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class, Saab 9-5, Jaguar S-Type, Volvo S80, 6 Series: Jaguar XK, Maserati 4200, Porsche 911, 7 Series: Audi A8 and S8, Jaguar XJ series, Lexus LS400, Mercedes S-Class, X3: Land Rover Freelander, X5: Range Rover, Mercedes M-Class, Volvo XC90, Porshe Cayenne, VW Touareg, Acura MDX, Lexus GX 470, Z4: Porsche Boxster, Audi TT, Chrysler Sebring Convertible, Toyota Camry Solara, M Range: M3 Coupe - Mercedes C55, Audi RS4, M5 - Mercedes E55, Audi RS6, MINI: Mercedes A Class, Peugeot 206 H/B, Volkswagen Polo, GTI, Golf, Renault Clio, Ford Focus RS, Vauxhall Corsa and Toyota Yaris,
Rolls-Royce Phantom: Mercedes Maybach, Bentley Arnage.BMW still remains the worlds most successful premium car brand with 11, 85,088 units sold in 2006 which beat the record of 2005 by 5.2% level increase in the sales. Major Key markets for BMW group have approx. 68% sales in Italy, USA and Germany these three countries as in comparison to other countries. Furthermore, below in figures it shows to break down of sales figure for different segment in BMW cars
This philosophy, which runs through every BMW car, has been communicated through a number of TV and print ads. The brand image has been built up by press advertisements, and more recently through different television commercials. Throughout this campaign, BMW has remained consistent to its beliefs of focusing on the substance of the cars themselves.
STP STRATEGY SEGMENTATION, TARGET MARKET, POSITIONINGBMW uses three steps to targeting which are market segmentation, target choice; product positioning. Lets see how BMW uses segmentation to identify specific buying characteristics. To find more information BMW looks at the geographic, demographic, behavioural, socioeconomic, and beneficial