Nike is a major publicly traded sportswear, footwear and equipment supplier based in the US which was founded in 1962 originally know as Blue Ribbon Sports. Nike is the world leader in the manufacturing of sportswear and gear with more than 47 market shares across the global (Nike.com, 2011).
Nike produces a wide range of sports equipments such as running shoes, sportswear, football, basketball, tennis, golf, etc. Now Nike follows the global fashion trends and is well known and popular in the youth culture and hip hop culture to supply some fashion products. Nike recently teams up with Apple Company to produce the Nike+ products which can monitor a runner's performance through a radio in the shoe that can link to the iPods. Besides that, Nike also becomes the top of three companies which are climate-friendly companies which build better image to customers. Nike's excellence marketing strategies are their energy to achieve their market goals. Nike believes the "pyramid influence" that the preferences of a small percentage of top athletes influence the product and brand choice. So Nike contracted with many athletes' spokesperson, professional teams and college athletic teams to advertise and promote their products to customers. Nike seriously pay attention on the technology producing, design and selling such as e-commerce, high-tech running shoes, Nike+ with Apple, etc. Nike outsourcing their products most of the factories are located in Asia such as China, Indonesia and India. 2.0 PROS OF NIKE'S CORE MARKETING STRATEGY
Nike put heavily proportion in their marketing strategies and products deign. In order to sustain their dominance in the industry and retain their competitive advantages, Nike actively responds to the market trends and changes in consumer preference by adjusting their marketing strategies, the mix of existing product offerings, developing new products, styles and categories, and influencing sports and fitness preferences through various marketing strategies. Now we discuss the pros of Nike's core marketing strategies and related them to the relevant marketing theories help us to depth understanding. 2.1 Distribution
More efficient product distribution is the more sales and thus more profits. The delivery of the right products and at the right time to the customers is not only effect the utility but also leads to high level of consumer's satisfaction and loyalty. Nike distributes its products on different level basis. The high premium products are given to a certain distributors while leaving the low priced to be sold at highly discounted price at the retail stores such as Wal-Mart (Jeannet J, 200, pp 44). Nike has become the leader in the e-commerce by being the first to the market with its e-commerce website. Nike launched its e-commerce site in April 1999 by offering 65 styles of sport shoes to the US market for purchasing (Nike, 2000). This program represents the first time a company has offered mass footwear through the Internet and provides competitive advantages to Nike. 2.2 Advertising and Promotion
Nike makes contracts with some celebrity athletes which can draw attention to their products such as Tiger Woods, Ronaldo. This has created a relatively high level of Nike's awareness. Besides that, Nike also employed a large amount of advertisements through the mass media (Goldman S, 2000, pp 154). Nike's brand images, including the Nike's name and the trademark are considered to represent one of the most recognizable brands in the world. The Nike name and associated trademarks have appeared from players' shirts, pants and everywhere. Their aggressive advertising campaigns, celebrity endorsements and quality products all enhance their brand and image. For example, when a celebrity athlete sponsors a specific brand of athletic shoes, the brand will be associated with success. 2.3 Price
Nike targets on the consumers who care more about the utility and quality of the products rather than the price. In...
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