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iPhone Dominance and Pricing Over the Years

18 Sep

Yes, iPhones are a big deal, which we discussed last week when the 10th anniversary models were unveiled. Since introduction, the iPhone has represented a HUGE percentage of Apple’s total revenues.

As the following chart from Statista shows:

“Since 2007, Apple’s iPhone sales have consistently increased. It has gone from 40 million units sold in 2010 to more than 212 million in 2016. iPhone sales worldwide were over 136 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. As sales increased, the iPhone gained within the company. It has become the most successful Apple product to date. The iPhone’s share of the total revenue has jumped from 25 percent in the beginning of 2009 to 70 percent in the first quarter of 2017. As of the first quarter of 2017, iPhone’s share of revenue was at 69.4 percent. Much of the iPhone’s success can be attributed to Apple’s ability to be competitive, with new releases and updates.”

 

iPhone Share of Apple Sales worldwide — 2009-2017

Chart by Statista

 

Apple has accomplished these results despite large price increases. According to Niall McCarthy, writing for Statista, and the chart below: 

“The unveiling of the iPhone X was the most eagerly anticipated part of Apple’s launch extravaganza [on September 12, 2017]. The new handset made a daring design move in ditching the home button, while it now boasts a facial scanner and the ability to make animated emojis. For some fans, the enthusiasm of the event and the enormous hype surrounding the iPhone X will be tampered by the device’s exorbitant price tag. The iPhone X will cost between $999 and $1,149 for U.S. users. That makes it the most expensive iPhone to date, costing more than the iPhone 6s and 7 Plus, both of which hit the market at $949 (256GB). Back when the original iPhone was unveiled by Steve Jobs in 2007, the 4GB version of the device cost $499 and the 8GB version cost $599 (both requiring a 2-year contract).”

 

Chart by Statista

 

As We Celebrate 10 Years of the iPhone, What Can We Learn from Apple?

12 Sep

Last month, we discussed that Apple — the world’s most valuable company — is once again rolling (after a grief hiccup). Soon, the company will begin selling the 10-year anniversary models of the iPhone. Today is announcement day for the new iPhone! [Please be sure to read both parts of this post and look at the infographic below regarding what we can learn from Apple.]

According to various observers, at least one version of the new iPhone will sell for more than $1,000. Are you iPhone loyalists really ready for this?

Here’s what Tripp Mickle and Timothy W. Martin are reporting for the Wall Street Journal:

“Prepare for smartphone sticker shock. A decade into the smartphone era, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are betting they can increase sales by jacking up the price of their flagship products — bucking the usual downward arc for prices of consumer electronics in the years after introduction.”

“Apple on Tuesday [today] is expected to unveil a more-advanced iPhone — also known as the anniversary iPhone, the iPhone 8, or iPhone X — which analysts predict will carry a starting retail price of about $1,000. That would be about 50% more than the cheapest version of the iPhone 7 Apple introduced last year at $649, and about 30% more than the larger iPhone 7 Plus, at $769. (On Tuesday, Apple also is expected to show off updated versions of those phones with prices similar to last year’s models.)”


 
While we wait for the latest iPhones to be available for sale, let’s consider what else we can learn from Apple. The Website Group has these observations; and it designed the infographic shown below.

“[Apple uses] unpaid marketing at its very best! You might not think it, but this marketing strategy is used for some of the biggest companies around the world. In particular – we’re talking Apple. Another popular strategy from Apple is its ability to create mystery around a product launch. Nobody likes a spoiler but everyone loves a surprise; so keep your goodies to yourself until the day comes to pull the rabbit out of the hat — just as Apple taught us. It leaves you hanging until the very last minute so that when they finally unveil a product you can’t wait any longer to get your hands on it!”

“These are just a couple of marketing lessons that we can learn from Apple, but there are plenty more! Read on for a list of 10 marketing techniques that Apple has used to build one of the most well-known brands in the world!”

 

Courtesy of: The Website Group

 

Apple on the Rise — Again

9 Aug

Apple is currently number three on the U.S. Fortune 500 list. It is on the rise again after some mixed results. According to Fortune:

“After more than a decade of solid growth fueled first by the iPod music player and then by the even more popular iPhone, Apple finally appeared to hit a wall, with lackluster sales — relatively speaking — for other products such as the iPad and Apple Watch and a heavy reliance on upgraded phone models. But the most profitable publicly-traded company in the world is investing heavily in software and its efforts in new areas of opportunity, including automobiles, remain in development (and under wraps). Apple was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif.”

 

The following chart from NASDAQ shows the ups and downs of Apple’s stock price over the past five years. Click the image for an INTERACTIVE, REAL-TIME view of Apple’s stock price.

 

The Fortune video below provides a provocative view of Apple’s prospects in the future. What do YOU think?

 

Which Are the Leading B2B Firms?

23 Mar

A lot of public attention is paid to business-to-consumer (B2C) companies, far more than to business-to-business (B2B) firms — even though B2B firms generate trillions of dollars of revenue per year. Interestingly, some of the leaders in B2B are also leaders in B2B!

To partly close the public visibility gap, Sacunas annually publishes a list of the top 100 business-to-business companies:

“We believe the best brands don’t just command the most market share; they’re the companies that also make experience a part of their success. We took a holistic approach to identifying the Top 100 Global B2B Brands of 2016 to find those that focused on more than revenue. We measured multiple brand data points across their people, products, digital footprints, market command, and innovation. Our companies to watch are digitally-savvy market leaders who will be defining their industry landscapes for 2017. They are forward thinkers who know how to push the right boundaries, treat employees, and simply have some serious B2B swag.”

“In today’s economy, price point no longer defines market share; experiences are the strategic differentiator for brands. Consumers, especially millennials, are willing to pay a premium for optimally designed experiences. The companies that rose to our top ten B2B brands are experience connoisseurs – they know how to design for their customers and end consumers. These companies not only do their research and make great products, but they also design seamless experiences and invest significantly in innovation – driving the design economy towards the next big thing.”

The top 5 organizations in the new B2B list are [click the company names to see why]:

  1. Google/Alphabet
  2. General Electric
  3. Intel
  4. AECOM
  5. Apple

Note: About 15 of the top 100 B2B firms also have a significant in B2C markets.
 
Click the image to see the full list of 100 organizations.

 

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