Case Study Analysis

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Case Study Analysis
July 13, 2015

Case Study Analysis
Consumer behavior and purchasing decisions are influenced by several factors. These factors are even greater when a company chooses to expand its business operation from domestic markets and go into new international markets. Before businesses make this leap, they need to ensure that they conduct a very thorough cross-cultural market analysis to verify that the new market will be profitable. In this paper, I will analyze two cases involving global companies that failed to conduct a proper cross-cultural market analysis before entering a new foreign market. The two global companies that I will discuss are Apple and the Walt Disney Company. Apple’s case involves the 2008 lackluster release of the iPhone in Japan and the Walt Disney Company’s 2005 controversial decision to offer Shark Fin Soup at Hong Kong Disneyland.
IPhone Release in Japan
For this case study analysis, I will use Yukari Iwatani Kane’s newspaper article titled “Apple’s Latest iPhone Sees Slow Japan Sales.” Kane’s article discusses the numerous reasons behind Apple’s disappointing IPhone release in Japan. The release in Japan had been so disappointing because they sold less than 500,000 of the IPhones compared to their project 1,000,000 sales (Kane, 2008). The reasons for this huge failure can be attributed to Apple not doing its research prior to the IPhone release. I will now discuss the lessons learned by Apple on how the Japanese consumers’ behavior and purchasing decisions are different than the rest of the world. I will also evaluate how the differences in consumer behavior across cultures affect marketing mix strategy.
Lessons Learned by Apple
Some of Apple’s biggest marketing tools that it was using to promote the latest IPhone in Japan were its technological capabilities. However, a very important and costly lesson that Apple learned was that Japan is typically ahead of the technological curve when it comes to electronics capabilities when compared to the rest of the world. An example of Japans advanced technological capabilities were that high-end digital color displays, satellite navigation, digital cameras, digital TV-viewing, and music players were standard features on Japanese cellphone before the IPhone was rolled out, yet the IPhone did not include these features.(Kane, 2008). A very culturally important technological features that the IPhone was missing out on was the use of Emoji’s for te

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