The Samsung Brand Essay

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The Samsung Brand

According to the global brand scoreboard of 2004 from Interbrand, Samsung, the Korean based electronics brand, has boosted its profile and being listed as 21st valuable brands in the world. Its brand value surged by 16% to 12.5 billion US dollars compared to the figure in 2003 which is 10.8 billion US dollar. (Simon, 2004) It becomes the world’s leading brand in electronics and digital industry. This achievement is closely related to its sponsorship strategies. Samsung associate its name to the “TOP” plan, which is “The Olympic Partner” plan. It is a plan which leads Samsung to be the top brand in the world. However, there are many other programs to support Samsung’s
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Samsung’s involvement with the Olympic movement began as a local sponsor for the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Then it became the TOP sponsor in the wireless telecommunications equipment category for the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games and Athens 2004 Olympic Games. This status as a global partner in the wireless telecommunications equipment category will be continuing in the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Samsung have agreed to pay the huge amount for corporate sponsorship because they recognize the vital importance of sports marketing on their bottom line. The TOP plan helped Samsung increase its brand awareness and enhance market position considerably. Compared to the results of the survey held before the Sydney Olympic Games, the amount of consumers that became aware that Samsung Electronics was one of the 9 sponsors of the Games approximately tripled. Unaided awareness of Samsung’s “Olympic sponsorship” was 6.0%, it placed 2nd after Coca Cola. (

Samsung want to accomplish two goals with all its sponsorship efforts. The first goal is to build brand awareness especially create higher level of awareness than its rival Sony. The
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