|Assessment||Assignment 1: STDP Framework Report|
|Weighing||15% of the final grade (marked out of 100)|
|Word limit||750 words (+/- 10%); This excludes the Title page, table of content, content, reference list, tables and appendices.|
|Due date||Week 5, Sunday, 4th of August, 2019, 5.00 PM|
|Where to submit||Via Turnitin link on Moodle – Softcopy submission|
|Late submission penalty||If the assessment is submitted late without an approved extension from the Unit Coordinator, a marking penalty of 5% of the available marks will be deducted each day for up to FIVE working/business days. If the assessment is submitted more than five days after the due date it will not be marked and be awarded zero (0%) for the task.|
|Word Limit Penalty||A penalty will be applied if the work submitted has an excessive word count.|
|Return Date||Week 8|
·A1 guide and template access
·A1 draft submission
A) Fitbit Australia https://www.fitbit.com/au/home
B) Kitkat Australia https://www.kitkat.com.au/
C) Uniqlo Australia https://www.uniqlo.com/au
Topic allocation: end of Week 1
Where to find: MMK101 Moodle >> Assessments and Submission Links section and/or click here.
Your task in the first assignment (A1) is to:
Think of yourself as a marketing consultant for the company that you have been allocated. For the first assignment, all you need to do is to help them to identify:
Once the new target market has been chosen, you would need to provide a detailed customer profile of such market as well as develop a new differentiation and positioning strategy for the company to be successful in the new market.
You must provide:
1) Cover page
2) Table of Content
3) Reference list
Section and Marks Breakdown:
|Section||Marks||Details (suggested breakdown of word limit and references are in brackets)|
(must submit in-class in week 2 & 3)
Workbook 2 and 3 mirror what’s required in this assignment hence it is imperative for you to do it in-class, guided by your lecturer.
You need to submit those online in the respective weeks, and the marks will be out of 10, which will be part of your A1 marks.
Please provide a fully referenced background to this report that includes:
Hint: Workbook 2, Part 4
Please provide a fully referenced overview of the segmentation bases that could be used by the company in segmenting the market to identify a potential new market. Please note:
Hint: Workbook 3, Step 1
Market Targeting and Consumer Profile
More hint: Workbook 3, Step 2
Differentiation and Positioning
Considering the target market that you have selected, discuss how you would differentiate and position the company in the new target market’s minds (fully referenced). Please note:
Hint: Workbook 3, Step 3-4
(and General Communications)
Reference List and General Communications
Use credible and relevant references (minimum of 5 different references (at least 2 being academic references i.e. textbooks and journal articles)
·You MAY NOT use:
·For websites, you may consider websites that ends with:
·Correct and consistent use of Deakin Harvard Referencing format
·Professional business report (avoid 1st person expression i.e. I, we, us
·Free of grammar and spelling mistakes
·Have checked the online library resources on Moodle
The current apparel market in Australia amounts to US$21,473 million which is expected to grow at a rate of 2.2% CAGR between 2020-2023 (Statista, 2020).
In the competitive and growing apparel market of Australia, Uniqlo has established itself as an exceptional and innovative clothing brand for all segments including men, women and kids (Uniqlo, 2020).
The main competitors of Uniqlo Australia are H&M Australia, Zara Australia andGap Inc (Robertson, 2019).
The main products of the competitors includes fast fashion clothing for men, women and kids.
The current target market for Uniqlo’s competitors is mainly the Y Generation that is men and women between 18-35 years who have higher disposable income and spending power.
2. Market Segmentation
bases and variables
Working professionals with higher disposable income
Customers preferring fast fashion lifestyle
|Variable 1: age||18-35||Working professionals|
|Variable 2: Income|
Between $20000-25000 per annum
|High buying capacity|
|Variable 1: Lifestyle|
Love for fast fashion
|Variable 2: Attitudes|
Likes to buy innovative and exceptional product
|Frequent visitors in shopping centres.|
Table 1: Segmentation Table
(Source: Self Developed)
According to Jegethesan, Sneddon and Soutar (2012), customers with high disposable income tend to spend more where underlying factors like brand loyalty, store environment attraction and customer own lifestyle plays a vital role. As far as Australia is concerned, the OECD report shows a net adjusted disposable income per capita at $32759 whereas 73% of people aged between 15-64 have a paid job (OECD Better Life Index, 2020). Interestingly, it is important to note generation Z and millennials (people who fall under 20-40 years age) consists of 40% of Australia’s working population and therefore, they tend to spend highly in their passion and shopping. The projection of the millennial spending is $1.3 trillion within 2020 and is about 30% of the total retail sales (Wilson, 2019). Keeping in mind the stats of the millennial generation, Uniqlo needs to target this millennial generation who comes under the age group of 18-35 based on demographic segmentation. It will help in boosting company sales and gain a competitive advantage. As identified in the previous section, the shopping behaviour regarding spending on passion and personal shopping clearly reflects the millennial generations attitudes and lifestyle choices. Therefore, under psychographic segmentation and based on lifestyle choices and attitude, customers can be segmented. As commented by Cheung and To (2019), lifestyle choices and customer attitudes are one of the main drivers of customer behaviour. In the retail sector, companies always try to make use of these two factors when targeting their customers. It can help the company to improve its sales performance as well as satisfied customers will surely use their Word of Mouth to increase brand awareness.
3. Target Market
The company need to follow demographic segmentation and target the customers who are fond of buying fast fashion products and having high power. It is important to note that these customers are also between the age group of either 15-34 who practice their buying behaviour for maintaining their lifestyle.
|Criteria||Description||Why do you think your company should target the above market? Justify using the evaluation criteria.||References|
Size & Growth
|The company at first need to check the growth prospects||Fast fashion is projected to increase at a rate of 2.2% CAGR which shows a high growth||(Statista, 2020)|
|Segment Structural Attractiveness||Long term structural attractiveness needs to be checked||Consumer lifestyle choices are influenced by peers. The increased rate of adoption of fast fashion will at least remain constant if not increased in the coming years.||(Jegethesan, Sneddon & Soutar, 2012)|
|Company Objectives & Resources||The company needs to check whether the company is having enough resources to implement the targeting and whether the company’s long term objectives are met||Company’s long term objective of gaining competitive advantage is fulfilled. Moreover, being an international company, Uniqlo has the required resources to invest in the targeting strategy devised||(Uniqlo, 2020)|
Table 2: Target Market Justification
Description:A young working professional looking for cheap and quality products
Likes: Likes to buy newly designed value for money clothes
Buying behaviour: Loves to visit malls and stores and spend money quality clothes
Social Media activities: Have Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat profiles and active for more than 10 hours on social media
4. Differentiation and Positioning Strategy
In order to develop differentiation and positioning strategy, the first requirement is to understand the competitors as shown below:
|Competitors||Competitors competitive advantage|
|H&M||The company offers designer products as well as customised products to the customers|
|Zara||Zara with its strong supply chain makes it possible to fulfil any customer demands|
|Gap Inc||With its strong dealership network, the company is able to reach a high number of customers|
Table 3: Competitor analysis:
(Source: Anwar, 2017)
|Bases of differentiation||Can your company use this?||Why and how?|
|Product||Y||Innovative and excellent products|
|Service||Y||In-store quality service|
|Image||Y||Good brand image as an international company|
Table 4: Bias of Differentiation
(Source: Uniqlo, 2020)
Figure 1: Proposed value proposition
Uniqlo is an international brand and therefore, the company will provide higher benefits with the same price that the customers used to pay for products from competitors like H&M, Zara and Gap Inc.
The positioning statement will be:
"To the young fashionable buyers, our brand is unique and excellent that provides value for money product".