Blockbuster, Marketing Strategy

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Minnesota School of Business 10 Blockbuster Marketing Strategy Shawn Rudkin What role has Netflix played in the development of Blockbuster’s strategic planning? How important is Netflix to Blockbuster’s future strategic plans? The success of Netflix forced Blockbuster to see the growing popularity of rent-by-mail formats. In 2003 Blockbuster launched a rental subscription program, which would allow subscribers to rent an unlimited number of movies during the subscription period like Netflix, but with Blockbuster there was no waiting for movies to arrive. Blockbuster also fine-tuned its rental program and introduced a no-late-fee policy to compete against the growing number of subscribers to online rental companies. In 2004 Blockbuster…show more content…
Blockbuster could make advertising deals with the movie studios where they would advertise upcoming movies in all of their stores. Advertising is very expensive and it is getting harder than ever to find advertising that can find their target market. Because of all the different means available of getting information potential audiences are spread out over a vast area. Advertising within Blockbuster stores would provide the movie studios with an advertising option that they know is going to find people that like to watch movies. This would also help create a buzz about their upcoming movies because of all the people that have a chance to see previews or ads promoting these movies well before their release dates. Many people that rent movies would go to the theatre instead if there was for upcoming movies by movie type. This means that they would be able to put ads for each type of movie in the related section of the video store to further focus on their targeted markets. The movie studios want customers to be able to get their movies and entertainment as easily as possible. The easier it is for people to acquire their products the more likely it is that they will. By offering many different options for customers to obtain movies and entertainment, Blockbuster has a strategic advantage over its competitors. The convenience that Blockbuster can offer in their ability to distribute the movie studios products is a definite advantage. Another advantage
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