Aldi is a discount supermarket chain founded in the year 1946 by brothers Theo Albert and Karl. The current situation of Aldi was analyzed in Assignment 1 on the basis of internal analysis, external analysis and market segmentation. Significant efforts are being put by Aldi for the purpose of improving the experiences of the customers. The marketing issues identified in the previous assignment are its static customer base, poor brand recognition, lack of proper advertising, etc. The problem of static customer base is being faced by Aldi as it is targeting only a specific segment of the population and it does not make any efforts for attracting greater number of customers from different segments. The brand recognition of the company is also very poor due to lack of proper advertising and education provided to the customers regarding the products. The company is also required to enhance its marketing activities in order to deal with competitors such as Coles and Woolworths. Among all these marketing issues, lack of proper advertising should be the top priority of the company. This report will focus on the marketing issues which are required to be addressed by the company in its new 12 month term marketing plan.
On the basis of the issues faced by the company in the current situation, the marketing objectives for the next 12 months have been formulated using the S. M. A. R. T. goals setting criteria. SMART goals stand for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
Specific- The three marketing objectives are specific as it demands the increase in the overall sales of the company, along with increase in the market share of the company. The third objective is to achieve an excellent feedback rate by the customers (Lee, Kozlenkova & Palmatier, 2015).
Measurable- the achievement of these objectives can be ensured in terms of the rates of achievability.
Attainable- a defined target period is required to be set for the purpose of attaining the said objectives. The target period in this case is 12 months.
Realistic- The above specified objectives of Aldi are realistic and the most realistic among them is receiving excellent customer feedback.
Timely- Time frames will be assigned to different objectives so that they can be achieved within the specified time frame of 12 months.
These SMART goals of the company can be easily linked with the identified issues. The issues identified are its static customer base, poor brand recognition, lack of proper advertising. In order to deal with the static customer base, the company should aim at increasing the sales along with share of the company in the market. This can be done only with the help of reaching out to new customers which are not being currently targeted by Aldi. Another SMART objective of achieving an excellent customer feedback is linked to the issues being faced by the company in the context of poor brand recognition and lack of proper advertising. If the company will set it as its objective, the company will be required to focus on its advertising and marketing activities which will assist in enhancing the brand recognition which will be done through proper advertising and marketing activities. These objectives will be achieved with the help of 4Ps which are product, price, place and promotion.
Segmentation, Target Market(s) and Positioning
Segmentation, target market and positioning (STP) will play a key role in addressing the marketing issues currently faced by Aldi. Currently the company is aiming at the customers who demand the products at a reasonable price range. However, it should also start focusing on the premium customers by way of introducing some premium brands in its stores. STP refers to the division of the market into particular segments on the basis of common attributes of customers and then targeting them through the development of relevant product propositions and positioning the brand and the product in a way such that it can suit their needs (Schlegelmilch, 2016).
Segmentation- In the next 12 months, the whole market will be divided into four segments by Aldi.
Geographic and Demographic- Aldi will focus on both premium and low income customers belonging to suburban and rural areas. The age category of 0-60 years will comprise the target market of Aldi.
Psychographic and Behavioral- a wide range of styles and functionalities will be offered by Aldi in order to meet the needs of every customer. Moreover, best range will be made available to all income groups. Premium benefits and services will be offered which will attract regular and new customers. Regular customers will be retained by variety of schemes (Bogomolova, Vorobyev, Page & Bogomolov, 2016).
Targeting- The metropolitan areas will be the prime target of Aldi which are outside the city centre. The target group will be targeted in the suburban areas where the customer seek the lower priced products. The suburban areas have a large number of population, different groups of people and requires lower cost of expansion. Market penetration is used by the company with narrow product range and lower price on its house brand. The targeting strategy of Aldi is dependent on geographic, behavioral, psychographic and demographic elements of the country for an effective decision (Azeem & Sharma, 2015).
Positioning- Aldi has been able to establish itself as an effective brand that offers wide range of products at reasonable prices. Now, Aldi will position itself in suburban marketing through the promotion of private label. The difference between the prices of Aldi from other supermarket chains is around 25% chains (Aldi Stores, 2014). This strategy can be used for positioning itself as the most feasible option of private label offerings. Brand value can be established through providing quality products to the customers at reasonable prices. The company will continue to emphasize on the advertising campaign showcasing the differential products. The activities will be performed with the motive of creating a brand image within a target market (De Mooij, 2018).
Appropriate Marketing Mix
The marketing mix of the brand can be referred to as its 4Ps. This tool involves the creation of a unique blend of the right product, sold at the right place at the right time through the use of the most appropriate promotion method (Datta, Ailawadi & van Heerde, 2017). The marketing mix of Aldi will involve the elements like product, price, place and promotion.
Product- Aldi has its own specialized brands which performs the function of creating a financial outlook for Aldi. The product mix at Aldi is low but still their customer base is strong as it offers cheaper product to the customers. This is achieved by Aldi with the help of quicker checkout practices and simple layout. In the coming 12 years, Aldi should aim at bringing some premium products as well in order to attract the premium customers. It will continue to focus on the quality of its products and the quality products will be aimed to be offered in different price ranges such that the store becomes a convenient place for the premium customers as well (Cross, Belich & Rudelius, 2015). However, it will also continue to provide quality products at the reasonable price range for the main target market of Aldi which is the middle class income group. In this way, Aldi will be able to stay ahead of the competitors and will be able to increase its market share and sales. Aldi has also brought its own brands for the customers which are also being liked by the shoppers due to their reasonable price and quality. The packaging and displaying of the products offered by Aldi is also different from the products of the competitors (Richards, Hamilton & Yonezawa, 2018). This is also done in a way such that the stock transportation becomes easier and it also catches the attention of the customers. Unnecessary packaging will further aimed to be minimized by Aldi. It uses the produce crates utilized in the transportation over and over again and is also returned back to the supplier so that unnecessary waste can be eliminated by Aldi.
Price- Pricing is regarded as the most crucial aspect of the marketing plan. Aldi will adopt unit pricing strategy which will provide an ability to the customers to access cheaper groceries. The company will be able to gain a larger market share only through its reasonable pricing strategy and will allow it to take market share from its competitors. It will keep its prices lower than the competitors in order to survive in the market (Huang & Sarigöllü, 2014). For non- grocery items, loss leader will be used at Aldi for attracting the attention of the customers to buy cheaper groceries. Psychological pricing will also be used by Aldi in some of its products by making a minor difference in price that has the capability 0f creating huge difference in the minds of the customers (Lan, Lloyd & Morgan, 2015).
Place- Place is an important element in the marketing mix which determines the place where the products will be sold, how such products will be brought to the store and how such products will be made available to the customers for purchase. The store layout of Aldi is simple in order to focus on the providing products at cheaper costs to the customers. It will also focus on the minimization of waste in the goods transportation from the supplier to the store (Armstrong, Adam, Denize & Kotler, 2014). The products are purchased in bulk by Aldi from a number of suppliers across Australia and are stored in warehouses. Also, new stores will be introduced in the coming 12 months in new areas as per the people residing in that area.
Promotion- Promotion plays an important role in creating awareness regarding the products of the company among the customers. Aldi will adopt below the line and above the line promotions as the source of advertising for the purpose of engaging the shoppers with the company. This is strongly influenced by the increased usage and popularity of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. The products will also be promoted on the television with the latest offers and discounts in order to reach the larger audience. It has also allowed a store locater option on its website where it will highlight the stores where particular stock is available in order to ease the inconvenience caused to the customers due to non- availability of the stock. The use of above the line promotion including promoting the products through radio, television, newspapers and magazine for the purpose of reaching larger out to larger audience. This method will be costly for Aldi but will play an important role in increasing its market share. Aldi will also promote its positive image which will assist it in providing brand recognition. This will be done through promoting the compliance of the company with various ethical and environmental laws (Jayawardhena, Morrell & Stride, 2016). It will also promote itself by highlighting that it ensures safe and healthy working environment, protects the environment and does not use child labor (Davari & Strutton, 2014).
Therefore, it can be concluded that Aldi is required to enhance its marketing activities in order to deal with competitors such as Coles and Woolworths. The marketing issues faced by Aldi are its static customer base, poor brand recognition, lack of proper advertising, etc. This report focused on the marketing issues which are required to be addressed by the company in its new 12 month term marketing plan. The three marketing objectives of the company will be increasing the sales, market share and achieving excellent feedback rate by the customers. This report further highlighted the segmentation, targeting and positioning of Aldi along with the elements of marketing mix. This marketing plan will be helpful for the company as it will help it in dealing with the marketing issues faced by it. It should be combined with the needed strategies and tactics for the purpose of maintaining the competitive edge in the market.
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