1. In the beginning, how was Starbucks different from other coffee options for coffee drinkers in the United States? What activities and assets did Starbucks leverage to differentiate itself from competitors?
Overall, Starbucks’ performance has been mixed over the past six months. On April 13, 2012, its stock price reached a high of $61.67 per share and closed at $57.37 per share. Since April, the price of Starbucks’ stock fell on average in the following closing months of May and June before reaching a low of $43.16 in the opening days of August. The fall was correlated with the release of Starbucks’ third quarter annual report, which showed a less-than-expected performance for that quarter; the earnings per share were $0.43 compared to a market expectation of $0.45 (Baertlein). Since then, the price of Starbucks’ stock has gradually increased. Although market risk factors like decreased consumer spending may have impacted
Starbucks has always taken exceptional care in keeping its brand value. In fact, Starbucks prides itself in its brand, particularly the power it has to keep its customer base strong. Before analyzing this loyal customer base it is best to consider the particular characteristics of the brand that has led to Starbucks having such devoted patrons.
Cognition gives the companies information on how consumers respond to different marketing stimuli they face for the products used. It has to do with customer’s thinking and how do they behave toward a particular product. To be more specific and also reading the book “cognition refers to the mental structures and processes involved in thinking, understanding, and interpreting stimuli and events.” (Peter & Olson, pg. 21)
The context change in form that Starbucks found itself competing with smaller chains that resembled its former pre-expansion model with competitors focusing in creating symbolic-expressive value and fast food restaurants that had started to offer specialty coffee with more aggressive advertisement at a lower cost. The competitive context changed for Starbucks because it’s focus in mass distribution channels and its retail footprint strategy stated its product within a standard performance product value; this affected the value perception of the product.
Starbuck Corporation establish in 1971, its located in America Seattle, WA. Starbuck are a premium roaster, marketer and retailer that specialty in coffee all around the world. Till year of 2015, Starbucks has over 182000 employees. There have 19767 operated &licensed companies over 62 countries. Their product includes a mix of handcrafted and roasted premium coffee, tea. a variety of fresh baked item and other beverages. Beside selling their variety product of coffee and tea, starbuck also license their trademark trough different channel to expand their business, for example licensed stores, grocery and national foodservice accounts. Starbuck also cooperate with other brands and mix their brand name within the
Starbuck’s strategy focused on three components; high-quality coffee, intimate service, and ambient atmosphere. Starbucks worked closely with growers in Africa, South and Central America, and Asia-Pacific regions to insure the quality of its product. Starbucks called all employees' "partners" and worked hard to train them with the skills necessary to best serve the customer. The atmosphere at Starbucks was crafted after the European-style espresso bar. The company goal was to create ambience through the Starbucks "experience" and by making the area comfortable, yet upscale.
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Starbucks Corporation is an international coffeehouse chain based in Seattle, Washington. Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world. Starbucks sells drip brewed coffee, espresso-based hot drinks, other hot and cold drinks, snacks, and items such as mugs and coffee beans. Many of the company's products are seasonal or specific to the locality of the store. Starbucks-brand ice cream and coffee are also offered at grocery stores. Starbucks’ Italian style coffee, espresso beverages, teas, pastries and confections had made Starbucks one of the greatest retailing stories of recent history and world’s biggest specialty coffee chain.
“Starbucks is the leading specialty coffee retailer in the nation, with over 5,000 locations in 22 international markets. Starbucks positions their products on a relatively simple plane. They focus on quality and experience, rather than price. A comparison of specialty drinks with its competitors reveals very minor differences. Starbucks’ image is one of the key elements to their success. The company has realized that people don’t only come for the coffee; they come for the atmosphere. People socialize, read, study, or just enjoy the music while drinking their coffee.” (Kembell, Hawks, Kembell, Perry, & Olsen, 2002)
Even with the “No. 1 Best Coffee” Award from Zagat’s Survey of National Chain Restaurants as well as numerous other awards and recognition under their belt, Starbucks remains vulnerable to the ever-changing, ever-demanding needs of their customers (Starbucks Company Recognition). In order to succeed in the service industry, companies must provide impeccable customer service in addition to rewarding their customers through programs and promotional strategies. Currently, Starbucks has reward programs and promotional strategies in place, but they have failed to construct them in a way that fairly and appropriately benefits their customers. In addition, Starbucks’ reward programs are generally unknown by most people
The case happened back in the 90’s where a lot of coffee shop is being operated in the business industry; one of this is the Starbucks a very well-known coffee shop nowadays. The Starbucks coffee maintained its clients or customers due of the new technique in marketing mix and to evaluate the kind of coffee and tea they were offered by the customers. The management also offered a promotional campaign by the use of advertisement in different media such as on television, radio, and printed media to remember the name of Starbucks. And now the said store or coffee shop has been created his own name here in the Philippines. (Source: Sunday Inquirer