Blackberry vs Iphone

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Abstract

The aim of this research was to investigate which is the best smart phone brand between Blackberry and Iphone by measuring the effectiveness of both marketing mix; Product, Price, Place and Promotions. A theoretical framework has been constructed and the group chose to conduct an online survey; using the website that enables users to create their own web-survey, in order to acquire the needed data for this research. The results indicate that the best smart phone so far is Blackberry because their company marketing mixes have been greatly positioned in the people’s mind and preferences. The marketing mix is a business tools in marketing product. The marketing mix is often crucial when determining a product or brand’s unique selling point (the unique quality that differentiates a product from its competitors) and is often synonymous with the four P’s (Borden, Neil.1960). It is recommend that the marketing mix implemented by Blackberry is the most effective for mobile phone industry; as well as the smart phone, and the strategy lies within it should be followed and exaggerated from time to time to capture the greater demand of consumers.

1. INTRODUCTION

There has been a massive trend in the mobile industry over these past five years. But in developing countries like Malaysia, the trend has just arrived here a couple years back. Every people walk by and teenagers run through, all with their brand new smart phones. Laughter and joy have encountered their live since the existence of the smart phone.

1. History

IBM Simon was designed in 1992 and shown as a concept product in a computer trade exhibition took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was published and sold by BellSouth in 1993, and besides being a mobile phone, it also contained a calendar, address book, world clock, calculator, note pad, e-mail client, the ability to send and receive faxes, and games. It had no physical buttons, instead customers used a touch screen to select telephone numbers with a finger or create faxes and memos with an optional stylus. Text was entered with a unique on-screen "predictive" keyboard. The term smart phone was used when Ericsson introduced the concept phone, GS88 and it was the first device labeled ‘smart phone.’

The trend of smart phone has been a great business to mobile entrepreneurs to expand their product assortments and this opportunity has injected Malaysia’s economic to a very potential growth. Hence, it also drives the local entrepreneur to set up a franchise business from the top smart phone brand which is the essence of the development of mobile industry in Malaysia. The relatively stable prices of Smartphone’s averaging around $309 in the region will continue to drive the industry’s strong growth momentum. In Southeast Asia where smart phone penetration is still nowhere near saturation levels, we can be sure that the current sales spurt will carry on for at least the next few years (The Next.04-30.2012). On the other hand, Canadian Research in Motion Blackberry has taken the lead in the smart phone market and being positively challenged by Steve Job’s Apple Iphone, the American, and among the world biggest inventors in mobile and computer. Blackberry and Iphone became a tsunami in the trend of consuming smart phone. Each and every part of newspapers and billboards has the advertisements and promotions of both brand simultaneously, all the latest application came by; altogether with Blackberry and Iphone. People were shocked and hardly believed that they experiencing a major revolution in their communicating devices and since then, hundreds and thousands of people world-wide will queue to buy the new version of smart phone by Apple and Blackberry when it was released in the market.

1.2 Background

Responding to the tremendous wave of the smart phones, the group has initiated and conducted a research on two smart phone...
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