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Georgia is a popular brand of coffee flavored beverages and it is sold by the Coca-Cola
Company. The Japanese subsidiary of Coca-Cola started its production in the year 1975. But it is
strange to note that despite being produced by Atlanta, Georgia based Coca-Cola company, this
product i.e., Georgia coffee is not been sold within Georgia. The main reason is that there are no
consumers for canned coffee in United States. This is a marketing plan for Georgia Coffee,
operating in the US state of Georgia as well as the nation of Georgia to expand to Georgia
market. This expansion includes forming a joint venture with Subway Corporation and a
Georgian company that can provide navigation through cultural barriers. The Georgian economy
has been improving since the late 1990s, and the coffee market is strong in Georgia's largest
cities. Georgia presents challenges that other international markets do not, but it also holds
promise not available in other markets as well. The Georgia Coffee culture will be totally
foreign in Georgia, but its strangeness also will be refreshing. The Georgian partner will need to
be trained in Georgia Coffee's philosophy and explain to Georgian employees the differences
they can expect to see in Georgia Coffee's approach to business and to them. The combination of
Georgia Coffee and Subway sandwiches promises to be a successful one in the Georgian market.
This marketing plan aims at designing a strategy to achieve positive result and growth.
Georgia coffee, the coffee flavored beverage that is sold in can has a very good market in Japan
and it has expanded to other markets like Singapore, Bahrain and India too. There are many
seasonal blends that Coca-Cola markets original, Original, Mocha Kilamanjaro, and Emerald
Mountain Blend through out the year. Consumers enjoy coffee as a cold or hot beverage. To
mention few of Georgia blends of coffee are Georgia Coffee Original, Georgia Coffee Mocha
Kilamanjaro, Georgia Coffee Emerald Mountain Blend, Georgia Coffee Emblem Blend, Georgia
Coffee European Blend, Georgia Coffee Royal Blend etc., But it is really interesting to note that
though it is produced in Atlanta, it is not been marketed there, simply because the people of
Atlanta does not have a liking for that particular taste. Now it will be a great task to design a
marketing strategy to have an entry in the Atlanta market and make the people to accept this
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product. In this report let us analyze the marketing plan for Georgia Coffee’s expansion in to
MARKETING PLAN FOR GEORGIA COFFEE EXPANDING IN ATLANTA
MARKETING PLAN PHASE I
Market Situation Analysis
Based in Atlanta, Georgia Coffee is a small company that in many ways strives to be the
Starbucks of the US East. It operates a dozen locations in and around Atlanta and is expanding
to T'bilisi, the capital of the nation of Georgia. A coffeehouse culture has been developing in
Georgia's northern neighbor of Russia for several years; Starbucks battled in Russian courts to
reclaim its trademark from a Russian trademark "squatter," delaying its entry into Russia for
several years (Kramer, 2007). Starbucks has not yet expanded into Georgia, the Ukraine or the
other nations that formerly comprised the south-central section of the USSR. The economy of
Russia is more conducive to Starbucks than is that of Georgia. Georgia Coffee will be able to
become well established before Starbucks is likely to turn its attention to Georgia. Starbucks'
current focus is China, where its greatest attention is likely to remain for some time (Guest, 200).
Market Needs and Trends
It is to be noted that the people need a comparatively economical beverage to be consumed due
to the recession effected in the state of Georgia, The company can utilize this chance and try to
market its product using the pricing strategy for the entry in to market and then hike the prices to
the nominal profit one once the market has been captured. It is a great challenge for the Georgia
Company to enter in to Atlanta and unless it opts for any strategy like above, it is difficult to
enter in to market. Also with the population of adult growing drastically it has to pay more
attention to tap the future adult market who is the present youngsters.
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Atlanta is the largest city that is in the Georgia state. It is the ninth most populated city of United
States metropolitan area. Its population grew steadily during the first 100 years and it reached its
peak in 1970. After this period the population within the city limits gradually falls while in the
metro area continued its growth. It ranks 33rd largest in USA and sixth largest city in south
eastern region of US. It is to be noted like other parts of the world, Atlanta also witnesses the
growth of the older people in its area. A study reveals that older population doubled between
1970 and 2000. It also predicts that by 2015 it might double again. By the year 2030, it is
predicted that one out of 5 residents in Atlanta region might be above 60 years old.
Georgia’s Macro Environment and its Market Growth
Georgia has been suffering along with much of the rest of the developing world during the
current worldwide recession. It posted only 3 percent growths in GDP in 2008, and is expected
to achieve even less in 2009 (Georgia, 2009). Prior to the recession, however, Georgia's
economy enjoyed GDP growth of more than 10 percent in both 2007 and 2006 (Georgia, 2009).
GDP in 2008 was only $21.5 billion, less than some of the world's leading businesses. About 59
percent of the total economy is in services, with another 35 percent in agriculture (Georgia,
2009). Manufacturing accounts for very little of Georgia's economy. Because services are so
important to the country's economy, it also has a great deal of contact with financial markets of
the world. Currently Georgia is battling corruption and past problems with collecting tax
receipts. Russia invaded for a short time in 2008 (Nyquist, 2008), apparently to demonstrate that
it can and to encourage Georgia not to interfere with Russia's political ties with Turkey and
Turkey's Islamic neighbors. Georgia is as equally pro-Western and committed to the concepts of
small government and free enterprise, creating an ideological conflict.
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Georgia Coffee’s Mission statement
It is the mission of Georgia Coffee to provide coffee and coffee-based drinks of superlative
quality at prices affordable for customers and profitable for the company.
Georgia Coffee’s Products
The product of Georgia’s coffee is canned coffee that can be enjoyed either hot or cold. Some of
it blends are Georgia Coffee Original, Georgia Coffee Mocha Kilamanjaro, Georgia Coffee
Emerald Mountain Blend, Georgia Coffee Emblem Blend, Georgia Coffee European Blend,
Georgia Coffee Royal Blend, Georgia Coffee Platinum Blend, Georgia Coffee Qualite Latte,
Georgia Max Coffee,Georgia Coffee Milk and Bitter, Georgia Coffee Latte (Japan 2004),
Georgia Coffee Latte—no sugar added and low in calories, Georgia Coffee Soy Latte, Georgia
Coffee Demitasse Rich, Georgia Coffee Sweet Series White Chocolate, Georgia Coffee Tasty,
Georgia Coffee Cafe Au Lait
Georgia Coffee’s positioning
Georgia Coffee's products are positioned to be more affordable than those of its leading
competitor Starbucks and more appealing than those of McDonald's or Dunkin' Donuts,
attracting those customers who seek the luxury of Starbucks but prefer the pricing of others'
SWOT ANALYSIS OF GEORGIA COFFEE
Each product has its own strength weakness opportunities and threats which govern the market
and its product’s success.
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• Georgia Coffee offers true competition for industry leaders, as it is already running
successfully in other parts of the world; with a little variation in its product according to
the Atlanta’s taste it can definitely turn to be successful in Atlanta too.
• Georgia Coffee practices environmental and socially responsible principles and practices,
which will enable the people to Atlanta to view the company’s product as reliable one
and they will at least give a fair trial to the product introduced in their region.
• The company and its products have been well received where ever it operates and hence
it is likely to be successful in Atlanta too as it already has its administration part firmly
rooted in the grounds with a solid principle for operating the market.
• The company is dependent on the US market dominated by large companies. Hence it has
to compete with the large companies which have a large base of its own customers. It has
to face a stiff competition with those companies and at times making the customers try
this product itself indeed a great task.
• It relies solely on the beverage industry and of course primarily on coffee beverages. In
short the product is a single product on which the company’s profit and loss account
relies on. If the company loses to gain the customers satisfaction for this product the loss
cannot be compensated by the parallel product of the same company.
• The global coffee market continues to expand. And this trend is applicable for Atlanta
region too. Hence it can go forward and devise strategies to convert this market to cash.
• The company continues to expand its markets and Atlanta which is called as Coffee
County is one among the target.
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• Coffee markets are volatile and unpredictable and hence it has to take care about
expanding. Better it follows a slow and sure process in entering the market.
• Revenues continue to increase over prior years but have been slowing over time. Unlike
other industry the product does not promise a high return.
Competition is increasing, not only within the coffee industry but also within the larger specialty
foods industry (Starbucks Corporation, 2008). As stated, Starbucks is Georgia Coffee's leading
competitor; McDonald's and to a lesser extent Dunkin' Donuts also are direct competitors.
Indirect competitors include all sellers of coffee and any other beverage that coffee drinkers
might choose on any occasion.
MARKETING PLAN PHASE II
The value proposition is addressed in the mission statement, which is to provide products and
service of superlative quality at prices that are more affordable than those that will be charged
when Starbucks eventually enters the Georgia market.
In marketing the Georgia coffee in Atlanta, the critical issue is that the people are not having the
habit of consuming the canned coffee. Hence if we could change the attitude of the people of
Atlanta to start using the canned coffee then that will turn to a key success factor. By entering in
to a partnership with subway sandwiches, it can have an access to the large base of customers
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already. Now only thing is that it has to make the customers to just give a thought to try the taste
of canned coffee.
Georgia coffee is already running profitably in other global parts. By trying to get into a new
market of Atlanta, it wants to have consumers in the place where it is produced. It can very well
adjust the profit account of other profitably running heads across the global with Atlanta. Hence
it aims to get an entry with the help of Subway Corporation with not much expectation on the
financial returns, at least in the initial stage of breaking in to the market. However after one year,
it plans to target to get at least about 50% of the profit that it gains from operating in other global
areas and it gives ample space and time for showing the profit as it is understood it is a little
tough market to break through.
The main objective of marketing is to increase the product awareness among the people of
Atlanta by about 40 % in one year. To communicate the target audience i.e., youngsters about the
features and benefits of the product. Making them to realize about the competitive advantage and
try the product. To plan for the decrease the potential customer’s resistance to buy the product
that will lead to about 30% increase in the sales in a six moth’s time.
Target Market Strategy
As per the general survey conducted in a nation, it is found that it is the youngsters who consume
more coffee than the old people. The main reason is that they love to have a cup of coffee when
they are with their friends. Needless to say, in office there is large consumption of coffee and
people tend to drink more than three cups of coffee a day. This is true especially in the IT
industry where there is more number of youngsters working in the night shifts. Hence the target
customers for Georgia coffee are the youngsters; hence have to target the advertisement to tap
their attention so that we can win a major share of the market.
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It is the message that is conveyed to the target prospect. The message can be like “Feel so
exhausted. try out Georgia Coffee and be ready for an outdoor activity in the evening with your
friends” here the message says that the problem is the tiredness of the target customer and he has
to overcome it in order to attend the get together with his friends. “At a price of X dollars try be
out of your tiredness and refresh yourselves and start enjoying the life”. “Want to win friends,
take them out to subway corporation and treat them a sandwich with Georgia coffee” These
messages reach the target audience who are the youngsters who want to impress their friends,
who want to overcome the tiredness, and don’t want to miss any get together with their friends.
Georgia Coffee has already a strong brand for its product. Its brand name is “Georgia Coffee”
This brand manages to confirm the products credibility, it manages to connect to the target
customers who are youngsters emotionally and motivates the buyer to try the product. As
already the brand is existing we can use the same brand for marketing in Atlanta too. Hence care
to be taken to use the same branding everywhere to ensure the customers who are present
globally get the same sense of loyalty when they see or hear the Georgia coffee’s branding
The strategy of expansion of Georgia Coffee in Atlanta is that it adapts the joint venture with
Subway Corporation and tries to use its customer base for convincing the existing customers of
subway to have a try of Georgia coffee and its main aim is to provide the quality coffee at the
affordable price to its customers. The strategy pyramid can be depicted by the following figure
which is self explanatory.
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Joint venture with
To provide quality canned coffee
At an economical price
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Price, product, place and promotion – the "4 Ps" - all are integral to the successful marketing of
the organization's products and services. As more marketers seek the attention of more
customers in a relatively finite number of outlets, close management of each "p" is critical to the
success of a product, service, business or message. In most cases, each "P" needs to be managed
well if the organization is going to find success in its marketing efforts.
The product is discussed above in detail. Georgia Coffee will need to ensure that it continues to
meet customer needs, regardless of how those customer needs may change in the future.
An optimum price is the maximum that consumers are willing to pay and still buy the product
with regularity. These other measures include:
What do competitors charge for similar products? What is the company's intent for this product?
Will the company be taking part in retailer discounts? How much are consumers willing to pay?
What is consumer's perceived value of the product?
There are other considerations in price, but most consumer products today are priced according
to demographics of the target market and how long the producer believes the product life cycle
will be. The life cycle for this product is seen as being quite long; the company needs to price
for longevity rather than as a temporary product. Alternative options include increasing the price
to impart an air of product superiority and great value.
There are several actions that precede the act of setting prices in according with four leading
pricing objectives. There are many possible pricing objectives; the four selected as being
primary are "1) the overall financial, marketing, and strategic objectives of the company; 2) the
objectives of" (Pricing objectives, the product or brand; 3) consumer expectations; and 4) the
resources available to the organization.
Promotion and Advertising
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Product promotion has three components, which are public relations; advertising; and
incentives. Public relations are the interaction between the producer and the customer.
Advertising is the publicity that marketers purchase, and it is the area of marketing that often is
the most visible. This type of publicity is that which marketers can slant to whatever light they
choose, as long as their claims honestly reflect the qualities and uses of their product.
McNamara (n.d.) explains that advertising is "bringing a product (or service) to the attention of
potential and current customers." Advertising puts the name of the product or service in front of
as many people as possible, and often in as many media as possible.
Promotion, on the other hand, collectively is a set of activities that "keeps the product in the
minds of the customer and helps stimulate demand for the product" (McNamara, n.d.).
Promotion includes ongoing advertising.
• Distribution - All of Georgia Coffee's products will be available only through its retail
stores, stands and kiosks.
• IMC Strategy - The elements of the communication mix include: advertising, direct
marketing, sales promotion, publicity/public relations and personal selling. Several of
these points are discussed above; only those that are not are addressed below.
• Direct Marketing - "A zero-level channel (also called a direct-marketing channel)
consists of a producer selling directly to final customers through door-to-door sales,
Internet selling, mail order, telemarketing, TV selling, and other methods" (Kotler and
Keller, 2007; p. 244). This works well with Mary Kay Cosmetics or the Total Gym that
Chuck Norris promotes and sells, but it is far less practical for items such as laundry
bleach or chewing gum. Though direct marketing allows the producer to be closest to the
end user, it is not always practical. Kotler and Keller (2007) illustrate that the Wrigley
Company would not find it feasible to "establish small retail gum shops throughout the
world or to sell gum by mail order. It would have to sell gum along with many other
small products and would end up in the drugstore and grocery store business" (p. 241).
Direct marketing allows a company to explain its product or service directly to decision
makers but is limited in the number of people it can reach.
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• Publicity and Public Relations - Farman (2003) speaks to publicity, noting that both
advertising and publicity share a common goal of increasing "awareness of a business,
product or service in a positive, compelling way to generate new customers" (p. 7) while
reinforcing the business, product or service with existing customers. Advertising is
directed in its content and placement, and even the timing with which it appears before
(or is heard by) consumers.
• Personal Selling - "Personal selling is sometimes called the 'last 3 feet' of the marketing
function, because 3 feet is the approximate distance between" (Clow and Baack, 2007; p.
338) either the retail salesperson and customer or the space across the desk between a
sales representative and a business customer. In the case of Georgia Coffee it is the
individual filling the customer's order.
Georgia Coffee to plan and devise a web site which provides all the information about its product
and it has to have an access to all the other official sites of the Georgia Coffee from a single
point web site. For example a person who enters the site of Georgia Coffee – Atlanta should be
able to enter the Georgia Coffee – India. The web plan to be very simple that it reaches the mass.
Too complicated web plan will naturally tend the web browsers to feel tired and switch on the
pages without even looking in to the contents.
The main goal of the website of Georgia Coffee – Atlanta is to tap the web browsers of coffee
fans who would like to try out different tastes of coffee. It aims to increase the visitors to the
website thereby consumers of their product.
Website Marketing Strategy
Strategy used is that they tend to invite the web browsers by taking their web page in the initial
few pages when one types the word coffee in Atlanta, so that it reaches customers easily.
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In due course of time the web to be developed that the consumers are aware of the new brands of
Georgia Coffee available across the nation and also they will be able to find out the distributors
in their locality and they could order the product through net.
Service of the product is giving the customers the best beverage at the affordable price at the
nearest shop all over Atlanta. To achieve this Georgia Coffee has to work out a very good
strategy of selecting distributors all over the nation.
They ate the means by which we sell the products to the customers. Georgia tends to route its
sales channels through Subway Corporation throughout Atlanta to market its product. And it has
taken its distributor as Subway Corporation which is already in the market.
As already discussed it is already flagging its products in Japan, India, Singapore and Bahrain.
It is doing pretty well in all these places. Especially in Japan and India it is able to sweep the
It tends to implement the marketing strategy in three phases as explained in this report.
Sales Plan, Strategy and Process
It initially tends to expand in Atlanta by entering in to a joint venture with Subway Corporation
which has its own customer base in Atlanta. Those who come to utilize the services of Subway
will be induced to taste the Georgia Coffee and later there is a lot chance of them becoming a
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This analysis is useful in the marketing plan. To determine the volume of sales that is required for a business to
"break even" or have its sales revenue to be equal to its costs. Here the price of the canned Georgia Coffee is
based on the projected sales volume. It is used to set goals and objectives in the plan. The break even
volume is arrived at by dividing the fixed costs by the by the difference between the Price and the Variable
It is the expected volume of sales of the product in an assumed marketing environment. Here in
this case it is expected that at least about 25% of the subway corporation client’s taste and
change in to the Georgia Coffee’s customers.
Expense Forecast and Linking Expenses to Strategy and tactics
As it is entering in to joint venture with subway corporation, the infra structure is already
existing and it has to pay for advertising etc., to reach the mass of customers.
It is to enter in to joint venture in to Subway Corporation and see to that the products are
available across Atlanta in all Subway corporations regardless in which corner of the nation they
Keys to Success
Keys to Success - The key to success for Georgia Coffee are its ability to meet its customer's
needs and develop customer relationships. Undertaking customer satisfy action strategies will
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involve the ability to assess customer needs and flexibility to implement change which can be
accepted by the employees.
When a research was conducted, it was found that most of the youngsters would like to have a
try on the new brands in the market for it is their basic nature to try out something adventurous
When the above plan of marketing the product through joint venture with subway fails, it can
either tap the market by opening direct sales or by approaching distributors who will follow
personal selling as strategy to tap customers.
It enables marketing departments to identify and target their best customers and to generate the
quality leads. It provides the employees with information and process that is necessary to know
their customers and understand their need and help them in building the strong relation with
them. Here the customers are youngsters and to be more specific they are the customers of
subway whom we are targeting.
Hence as already Georgia Coffee has a strong net work in other countries like Japan, India,
Singapore and Bahrain, It is aware of the operational strategies. Now by adopting the strategy of
entering into a joint venture with Subway Corporation it is sure to break into the Atlanta market
slowly and steady and this strategy of entering the market through other’s customers will work
out to the success of Georgia Coffee.
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