Discuss marketing and project objectives


The reason revision for Situational Analysis is necessary because "THE PRODUCT SECTION OF THE MARKETING PLAN IS BASED ON THE NEW PRODUCT WE INTRODUCED IN THE SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS PAPER. THE SECTION WE SCORED LOW ON IT NEEDS TO BE RIGHT FOR US TO EXPAND ON THE SUBJECT"

THE FUTURE: MARKETING & PRODUCT OBJECTIVES

To counter these internal and external market forces Lux. must set expectations by  examining current and target markets and seeking to identify gaps in the market for new  products they can launch to fill these gaps.

Current Market

High end brands are currently taking over the sunglass business world. From brands such as  Prada, Bulgari, Gucci, Dita etc. who are producing a pair of glasses costing as much as $1200  a pair. Ray Ban, the classic eye wear brand, has raised their prices from roughly $30-60 a  pair to more than $200. The wealthy are buying it and Lux. understands this demand in the  market.

This gives Luxottica that flexibility to charge whatever they desire. The product they  produce for their e-retail platform www.glasses.com with no brand name is the same or  fairly similar pair to the product with a brand name. Since Lux. is already ruling the world of  high class fashion eyewear releasing thousands of new styles/year they are the recognized  source for quality eyewear by many designers, for that reason they attract even more. This  continues to increases the current target markets by an even bigger concentration levels in  a segment where high prices and high demand lead to optimal profit maximization.

New Product Recommendation We can conclude from Lux's SWOT analysis that the company has some key opportunities  from which it can leverage its strengths and exploit opportunities to help equalize the  current external threats it faces along with organizational weaknesses. Given Lux's  expansive distribution and retail capabilities coupled with the company's competitive  advantage as a renowned innovator of fashionable eyewear, it logically follows they can  continue to grow their market share by launching a tech-savvy house brand that targets the  future of eyewear.

The firm's collaborative efforts with Intel to develop the next generation smart-glasses represents the perfect opportunity for integration with one of the company's in-house  brands. Oakley glasses are Lux's second largest house brand with a corporate-wide share of  11% of net sales. By combining R&D for the Intel joint effort Lux. can establish the knowledge  base and business intelligence necessary to further expand the narrow and deep market hold  that Lux's Oakley brand has in specialty glasses for sporting activities

Launching an Oakley sports frame with the traditional look, feel, and image of an Oakley  sunglass, but with a built-in smart-glass chip that has the capabilities to measure vitals. Such  as; heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled, the number of steps or miles covered,  revolutions per minute of a bicycle, or speed angle and velocity of a tennis or golf swing -- all  triggered through a sunglasses interface that is operated by retina interaction. Undoubtedly  this is sure to delight sports enthusiasts globally.

Target Market

Rather than athletes having to wear a watch or monitor, they can simply slip on their  sunglasses which they already wear for sporting activities. Not only will this tech  development enhance the brand's popularity it will take the product to a whole new level of  utility. Initially, the Oakley smart glass will target more competitive athletes but is expected  to be quickly adopted by mainstream hobby athletes in no time. At product introduction the  Oakley smart glasses will be set at a high price, yet competitive with Intel and Google's
version. Targeting the middle and upper-income markets with disposable income. Signing  product endorsements with a few famous athletes at product launch will build product  notoriety. Bonus features such as current weather conditions will help target consumers
who are enthusiast about new innovations and begin Lux's next generation product phase. Perceptual Mapping Studies by Subcategory (See the Situational Analysis file for the map) Compared to competitor brands Lux's premiere house product which represents 27% of  their net sales commands a much higher than average price point based on perceived quality level their target consumers typically associate with Ray-Ban's brand value.

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