Walmart & International Marketing: What NOT to Do

Walmart & International Marketing: What NOT to Do

If one were to nominate a poster child for international marketing failures, one would be hard-pressed to identify a candidate more ideal than Walmart. In so many cases over the past several decades, Walmart consistently made the wrong choices when making an entrance into a new market. Walmart’s journeys abroad, whether to China, Germany, Brazil or elsewhere, seem to be met with stumbles at every step — though in many cases, the company has learned and adapted over time.

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Why Is KFC’s International Marketing So Unstoppable?

Why Is KFC’s International Marketing So Unstoppable?

KFC has made wave after wave in the marketing community due to its resounding success in China. Far and away the country’s most popular American fast food chain, the company is seemingly bulletproof when it comes to its performance with Chinese consumers. KFC became the first American fast food chain to enter the Chinese market when it opened its first restaurant just a short walk from Beijing’s famous Tiananmen Square in 1987. At the time, the three-story branch was KFC’s largest in the world — an impressive start which set the tone for the chain’s continued triumphs in the country.

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Replacing Swedish Meatballs with Chicken Curry – IKEA Bets on India

Replacing Swedish Meatballs with Chicken Curry – IKEA Bets on India

IKEA will open three new stores in India next year. The Swedish furniture company declared that they are “here to stay” and plan to have twenty-five Indian stores by 2025. Where is all this confidence coming from? IKEA’s marketing team researched the local market extensively. Let’s check how the multinational company plans to convince Indian customers.

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Winning Over Female Beauty Consumers in India – A Lesson From Dove

Winning Over Female Beauty Consumers in India – A Lesson From Dove

The Dove “Real Beauty” campaign has an iconic status among marketing circles. Using “real” women who buy the products instead of models seems simple, yet it defied everyday advertising practices. After major success in the West, Dove continues to reinvent its famous advertising campaign in other countries. Taking in account cultural specifics it snatched its share of female beauty consumers in India’s market. Let’s take look how the famous beauty products company adapted its western marketing strategy to make it in India.

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AirBnB Adjusts Its Strategy in China by Changing the Name

AirBnB Adjusts Its Strategy in China by Changing the Name

Western businesses have a notoriously bad track record of entering China. Some of them were burning through insane amounts of money while battling local rivals and eventually ceased operations (looking at you Uber). Others were simply banned. However, not all of them has given up on trying to make it. Sharing economy juggernaut AirBnB has announced recently that it is changing its name in China to “Aibiying” (爱彼迎), which can be translated to “welcome each other with love.”

Airbnb is committed to succeeding in China, and we now have a Chinese name, 爱彼迎 (Aibiying), which means “to welcome each […] Read more

Expensive Taste. How Did Louis Vuitton Become #1 Luxury Brand in China?

Expensive Taste. How Did Louis Vuitton Become #1 Luxury Brand in China?

We all know that China is a lucrative market for every international brand. But what does it mean for the fashion industry? Here is a number for you: Chinese luxury demand accounts almost for the 20% of global spend on fancy items. Not bad right? No wonder that there is an ongoing battle between word’s best fashion houses over this piece of the pie. French luxury brand maker Louis Vuitton was first foreign brand to ever set foot there. Today we are going to see what other factors contributed towards the company’s huge success and learn lessons from luxury brand […] Read more

Power of Print. Why catalogue is IKEA’s #1 Marketing Tool?

Power of Print. Why catalogue is IKEA’s #1 Marketing Tool?

The IKEA catalogue is the main marketing tool of the Swedish retailer. Around 70% of the annual marketing budget is spent on the catalogue alone. It is produced in 38 different editions, 17 languages for 28 countries. In Europe the catalogue reaches around 200 million people every year. These are quite impressive figures. The question is, how did it become such a marketing success? Let’s investigate.

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