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Sony’s new strategy to beat Samsung so samsung should bring some innovations to maintain no.1 position TOKYO: Sony Corp., struggling to return its television business to profit, may pass Samsung Electronics Co. this year as the top seller of flat-screen TVs in India, the fastest-growing major market, researcher DisplaySearch said. In a shift from an earlier strategy that focused on India's wealthiest shoppers, Sony has gained market share by offering cheaper models and expanding its distribution network, Hisakazu Torii, a Tokyo-based analyst at DisplaySearch, said in an interview yesterday. The maker of Bravia TVs last year ranked third in India behind Samsung and LG Electronics Inc., he said. "We're finally starting to see the fruits of Sony's efforts to strengthen its brand image and its sales network," Torii said. "There's a real possibility they could take the top share for the year." Sony's push in India is part of a larger move by Japanese companies including Toshiba Corp., who are following South Korean rivals in expanding into emerging markets. Still, a weak consumer recovery in the U.S. and Europe, Sony's traditional strongholds, may prevent Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer from ending a six year losing streak at the TV business.

Samsung's product range in India included CTVs, audio and video products, information technology products, mobile phones and home appliances (Refer Exhibit I). Its product range covered all the categories in the consumer electronics and home appliances. Analysts felt that the wide product range of Samsung was one of main reasons for its success in the Indian market. Samsung positioned itself on the technology platform...

Pricing also seemed to have played a significant role in Samsung's success... Distribution
Along with the launch of new products, Samsung also consolidated its distribution system. Samsung had 18 state-level distribution offices and a direct dealer interface. The direct dealer interface helped the company get quick feedback from dealers, and enabled it to launch products according to consumer needs...

Advertising and Sales Promotion
In 1995, when Samsung entered India, it realized that Indian consumers were not familiar with the company. So, in order to establish itself in the Indian consumers' mind, Samsung launched corporate advertisements highlighting its technologically superior goods... ---------------------------------------------xxxxx--------------------------------------------------- We are investing aggressively in marketing to transform our company to be truly market driven and to establish our Samsung brand as the most trusted and preferred brand in the market."

-Jong Yong Yun, vice-chairman & CEO, Samsung Electronics, in February 2003.

The "Team Samsung India First" Campaign
In August 2002, India's leading consumer electronics player, Samsung India Electronics Ltd. (Samsung) announced the signing on of seven celebrity cricketers - 'Team Samsung', as its brand ambassadors.

In doing this, it aimed to cash in on the popularity of cricket in India. However, the company's hopes of celebrity endorsement received a setback due to anti-ambush marketing clauses2, arising from ICC's agreement with some other companies. In place of the ads featuring the cricketers, Samsung launched its - 'Team Samsung. India First' campaign all over the country in December 2002. Said Arun Mahajan of Mudra, Samsung's ad agency, "The focus has been to evolve concepts to do with the players, to promote the cause of cricket and patriotism.'' The copy of the print ad read, 'With Team Samsung, It's India First.''

Samsung - The Making of a Global Brand
The Making of a Global Brand
In 1993, as a first step in its globalization drive, Samsung acquired a new corporate identity. It changed its logo and that of the group. In the new logo, the words Samsung Electronics were written in white color on a blue color background to represent stability, reliability and...
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