“The headphone jack is going to be on the bottom…POOOFF!!”

Everyone knows that the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 are two of the hottest phones out right now. Based on the marketing techniques used by Samsung this year, its obvious that the 2 companies are in fierce competition.  Most of you have seen the Galaxy S3 commercial making fun of Apples iPhone 5 and its users. The title of my post is from a quote in the commercial for those of you who haven’t seen it. I find the commercial to be quite clever and humorous (link for commercial posted below). Also, the day before the iPhone 5 was launched, Samsung used aggressive advertising on billboards and newspapers stating that the bigger screen and 4G network is already here, meaning the Galaxy S3. Now, Samsung is expanding the commercial to Australia and New Zealand later this month. Samsung usually does not go to these lengths when advertising for their devices, especially directly targeting a specific product. The article explains just how severe the rivalry between the two has become, since they are intensely battling over patent infringement as well. I feel that this has got to be the biggest rivalry between any two cellular phones. Samsung actually overtook Apple last year to become the largest smart phone maker, but strong demand for the iPhone 5 might cause Apple to take that title.



–       After 3 days of launching, Apple sold more than 5 million iPhones.

–       $647 million spent on advertising for iPhone in the US from its release in 2010

–       $2.8 billion spent on marketing for Samsung in the second quarter, up from 1.97 billion a year earlier

–       In the second quarter, Samsungs market share was at 34.6% compared to Apples 17.8%


As stated in our chapter 5 slides, the objective of the product decision is to develop and implement a product strategy that meets the demands of the marketplace with a competitive advantage. I think Samsung has the competitive advantage with there advertising commercial because it strengthens and positions them better in the business environment. I feel like the commercial was a smart move on Samsungs part, and with out it, Apple would have more of a  “newer product” advantage against Samsung. Since the iPhone 5 is newer, I think it was key for Samsung to use the strategy of the direct commercial making fun of Apple.

As you can see, Samsung spends heavy on advertising to keep up with its strong rival. How big of an impact do you guys think this commercial was for Samsung?

Do you guys think it was a smart move by making fun of iPhones and its users?  Do you agree that they should expand the commercial in different regions?

Was this commercial essential for Samsung to stay competitive with Apple?

Let me know what you all think!

S3 Commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR8A3T6sPzU               

Article: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2012/10/07/new-battle-brewing-between-samsung-and-apple/

3 thoughts on ““The headphone jack is going to be on the bottom…POOOFF!!”

  1. I don’t think making fun of iPhone users is a good strategy for Samsung. They need to win over iPhone users not poke fun at them. Apple has so much stigma already with consumers. Samsung needs to be innovative to beat out Apple, instead of using cheap advertising strategies. Also I think they are going to have a hard time getting iPhone users to switch over; I have found Apple owners to be very brand loyal. I have the iPhone 3 and am thinking of upgrading to the 5, even after all the complaints people have with the new phone. I simple like the simplicity of the iPhone

  2. I Believe that samsung is identifying to the media is that iPhone has not met the standards fo what is new in the market. Samsung advertise their campaigns directly to iPhone because they are seeking out what has already been introduced into the world of new attributes. Samsung has already tipped of their product by having the wide screen, better camera, transferring information through a bump from the the phone, and many other features that iPhone 5 has just introduced.

    To conclude, samsung have hit back into the market in an aggressive way, and attacking their opponents features can be one strategy to point the advantages but may not always work.

  3. The demand for the iPhone exceeds that of the Galaxy. People wait in long lines awaiting the new product’s arrival which is demonstrated by the commercial. Yeah, they are trying to make fun of Apple; however, I’m not sure that making fun of Apple is an effective way of getting people to switch over to the Galaxy. The commercial for Apple is simple and is a good indicator of how the phone is simple and easy to use. This is not demonstrated by the Samsung commercial. Nevertheless, I think it is a smart business move to expand their advertising to other regions.

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