Strategic Analysis: Google


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A strategic analysis of Google and the positioning in the search engine market.

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Strategic Analysis: Google

  1. Strategic Analysis Google (GOOG)
  2. Presented By Josh Schumacher Charity Thomas Frieder Mack Jennifer Bell
  3. “To organize the world’s information, and make it universally accessible and useful.”
  4. 1996 January, Google starts as a project named BackRub 1998 September, Google opened its door in Menlo Park, CA. 2000 Google officially became the world's largest search engine with its introduction of a billion-page index Introduced AdWords and Google Toolbar 2001 August, Dr. Eric Schmidt joined Google as CEO
  5. 2003 Google acquired Pyra Labs and became the home for Blogger, a leading provider of services for those inclined to share their thoughts with the world through online journals. 2004 July, Google acquired Picasa, a digital photo management company helps users to organize, manage and share their digital photos. October, Google acquired Keyhole, a digital and satellite image mapping company based in Google's own headquarter town, Mountain View, CA. 2005 Google acquired web analytics firm Urchin Software.
  6. Corporate Culture “If we don’t have any of these mistakes we’re just not taking enough risks”. “Crazy definitely triumphs comfy at Google” Get Uncomfy: That means never settle into an equilibrium (a.k.a. "rut"), but don't fall apart either (a.k.a. the "chaos trap") Pace Yourself: The goal should be creating an internal rhythm, not just moving fast for the sake of speed.
  7. Organizational Structure Chairman & CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt President of Products Larry Page President of Technology Sergey Brin Senior VP of Business Operations Shona Brown 9378 employees as of Sep 30, 2006
  8. $900 million Ad Agency Holding Company deal – Google (represent 20% of world media) has exclusive 3rd largest search rights customer of Google Competitors
  9. Business Level Strategies Should we compete? What are we good at? How do we compete?
  10. Corporate Strategies What business are we in? Where do we make money? What should we be in?
  11. Core Competencies Google "people" and environment/culture People have to be extremely intelligent and usually have doctorates; people come into Google with forward thinking, innovative and "out-of-the box" strategies. Search Quality, popularity, overwhelming awareness of name and what the company is and does. Brand equity "Google" is now a verb in Webster's dictionary. 2003 Most recognized brand of the the year.
  12. PESTEL Analysis Political Economical Stock market growth Sociocultural Google tends to not have a "face" for customers. Technological Set trends in search, internet direct advertising, and portable applications Innovative web applications Environmental Legal Click Fraud Google “Bombing” DOJ requested search histories; Google went to court. Battle on “Net Neutrality”
  13. SWOT MATRIX Strengths Opportunities <-- Match --> 1: Expanding profit-making opportunities 1: Brand Equity (pitching radio time to advertisers) 2: Innovative initiatives 3: Comprehensive product mix 4: "Surprise" ! ! Convert Convert Weaknesses Threats 1: Currently have products that customers don't even 1: Concerns from investors realize exist 2: Possible peak or saturation of smaller and less-used 2: Not focusing on customer "Community" as product markets core competency Minimize / Avoid Minimize / Avoid
  14. Financial Information Two years after going public, stock is up five-fold $10 billion/year in revenue $125 billion worth Net income of $733 million last quarter
  15. Search Engine Market Share Google 49% Yahoo 24% MSN 10% Others Ask AOL 9% 3% 6%
  16. Quick Ratio 9.75 Net Working Capital $8.25 Million Sales to total assets 60% Net Profit/Sales 14.26% Long Term Debt $0 P/E Ratio 62.26 Gross Margins 60.08% Profit Margin 25.96%
  17. Stock Growth vs. Industry vs. DJ Market
  18. Questions?