Samsung - The Making of a Global Brand

            
 
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Case Code : MKTG055
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 1998-2003
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Samsung Electronics Corporation
Industry : Consumers Electronics
Countries : India

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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 warmth.

The words Samsung Electronics were written in English so that they would be easy to read and remember worldwide. The logo was shaped elliptical representing a moving world - symbolizing advancement and change...

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Product Initiatives

Samsung realized that to become a global brand, it had to change the perceptions of consumers who felt that it was an OEM player and associated its products with low technology. Generally, consumers in developed markets (such as the US) opted for Samsung when they could not afford brands such as Sony and Panasonic. To change consumer perceptions, Samsung decided to focus on product design and launch innovative products...

Consolidating Presence in Different Markets

To change its brand image, Samsung decided to associate itself with global sport events. In 1998, when Seoul hosted the Olympics, Samsung became the official sponsor of the wireless technology to the games. This move helped it boost its image worldwide. In 1999, Erick Kim (Kim), a Korean American working with IBM, took over as the marketing head of Samsung.

He focused on capturing the US retail market for consumer electronic goods, such as TVs, washing machines and microwave ovens, through partnerships with US retailing giants. Samsung entered into a partnership with Best Buy one of the top US retailers. Best Buy executives conducted customer research to analyze consumer-buying behavior...

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