Marketing Recommendations for Red Bull

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Introduction Red Bull is an energy drink manufactured, distributed, and marketed by Red Bull GmbH, which is a company in Austria. The company was established in 1987 in Austria and hit the global markets in 1996. Red Bull is the most popular energy drink across the world selling an estimated 5.2billion cans in 2012 as reported by Symphony IRI. The company commands a 50% and 46% market share of energy drink industry in Canada and United States respectively. The brand is also marketed in Europe, Asia and has recently ventured the African market with the establishment of a distribution depot in South Africa. Further, the company generated approximately $400 million in sales in America and Canada alone in 2012. Since inception, the company has always embraced aggressive promotions and marketing campaigns that have enabled the company to remain competitive in its energy drink industry. The company targets active males in the age bracket 18-35 years according to O’Brien (2012) as its target market. Over time, the company has developed various slogans to market their products though their logo has remained unchanged. The most famous slogan “Red Bull gives you wings” has been used to market the Red Bull brand in various English and German speaking countries over the last decade. The company has continued to expand its marketing strategy through innovation to reach new markets and retain its current customers. Recently the company has sponsored various sporting events like the World Rally Car Championships in the US. The company has also purchased some sporting clubs in the world in the efforts to establish their brand further. The company bought SV Austrian Salzburg, and renamed it Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, and New Jersey Soccer Te... ... middle of paper ... ...pital resources like distribution vehicles and storage warehouses should be outsourced to help reduce the high cost of operation which in turn can lead to reduction of its products price. The company should concentrate on product development and evolution and delegate distribution roles to outsourced firms. Such initiatives have worked well in the new Indian market and should be implemented in other areas. References Cateora, P. & Ghauri, P. (2005). International Marketing Management. New York: McGraw-Hill Education. Kotler, P. & Armstrong, G. (2004). Principles of Marketing. New Jersey: Pearson Education. Lancaster, G. and Reynolds, P. (2004). Marketing. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. O’Brien, J. (2012). How Red Bull Takes Content Marketing to the Extreme. Available at: http://mashable.com/2012/12/19/red-bull-content-marketing/ (Accessed 4 December 2013)

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