How Would You Classify the Starbucks Product Using the Marketing Consideration for a Consumer Product? What Individual Product Decision Has Starbucks Made?

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How would you classify the Starbucks product using the marketing consideration for a consumer product? What individual product decision has Starbucks made?

A product represents "the heart of an organization's marketing program". Without a product, there were no price, design, target market, marketing mix, promotion strategy etc. simply, there were no business.

Starbucks products can be defined as "Convenience Products" because there are "relatively inexpensive" and "limited shopping effort" has to be invested. Among the coffee industry though, Starbucks can be viewed as a "Specialty Product" because compared to other coffee brands, Starbucks brand name, image and quality of service are key components in their company outlook. Also, the price range of the coffee makes it come off as high quality or a luxury.

The coffee company has a high product mix, beside a major variety of coffee and espresso beverage, Starbucks offers different kinds of petites, breakfast items, sandwiches, salads etc. Starbucks has been constantly expanding its product lines by developing plenty of new products.

Starbucks has a international brand name and loyalty (brand equity).The coffee house has been able to established a quality and upscale image. It's logo is well known and immediately identified on a worldwide basis. Starbucks gives many consumers a feeling of high prestige. The company stands out above other coffee houses such as Dunkin'Donats because of their high quality product coffee and it's product mix width; furthermore, because of the unique store experience. Starbucks as a whole is basically the main product concept that makes the company so successful, the actual coffee is considered secondary. No other coffee brand has been able to build a brand where its seen as more than just a place where people grab a cup of coffee. One of the most compelling facts is that even though Starbucks products are relatively expensive and defined as "luxurious", it...
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