Research in Motion's Blackberry: an Innovation or Communication Crisis?

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Research in Motion’s Blackberry: an Innovation or Communication Crisis? This report deals with Research in Motion (RIM) a global leader in innovative wireless technology, who revolutionized the Smartphone industry in 1999 with the introduction of the Blackberry. (RIM, 2012)The specific product that will be the focus of this report is their new offering, the Blackberry Torch 9810. (RIM, 2012) 1.0 Marketing Issue Research In Motion (RIM) has failed to capitalize on the BlackBerry market share to employ an effective marketing strategy. This was evident when Torch 9810 was released to compete with iPhone and Android phones; the lack of a consistent strategic marketing direction resulted in a dismal sales performance of the model (Goldfayn, 2012). RIM was unable to effectively market the technical advantages (Brodkin, 2011) of Torch 9810. Furthermore, it may have alienated BlackBerry users by RIM’s failure to have an effective integrated marketing communication (IMC) campaign to inform customers as to what and why such features were present in Torch 9810 (Dvorak, 2011). As a company that deals in products of dynamically continuous innovation, the Torch 9810 could have been such if it was marketed more effectively (Rubin, 2012). 2.0 Target Market An effective target segmentation for an organisation in order to satisfy consumers needs and wants should include demographic, psychographic and behaviour (West, Ford and Ibrahim, 2010). RIM should target consumers’ evaluation criteria with their strong technical advantage. Demographic segmentation for RIM includes consumers both male & female, ages between 25 to 45 and white collar workers with social status between lower middle class to upper middle class. Psychographic segmentation includes lifestyle of consumers that are adaptive with technology, interested in social networking and early adopters. Behaviour segmentation also…...

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