Samsung Marketing Blitz Outpaced Apple in 2012

Samsung's lead over Apple last year in the smartphone race was helped by a massive marketing blitz, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Figures published by Kantar Media showed that in 2011, Apple was outspending Samsung three-to-one in mobile phone advertising (red graphics). Samsung massively increased its phone advertising spending from $78 million in 2011 to $401 million in 2012, 20% higher than Apple's $333 million.

The willingness to spend heavily could prove even more important as the technology gap between rivals narrows.

"They understand how to build a strong product...and have been willing to invest to drive their success," said Michael Sievert, chief marketing officer of T-Mobile USA Inc., a unit of Deutsche Telekom DTE.

To be sure, Apple remains a powerful brand that benefits from its own advertising and ubiquitous references in popular culture. Apple's iPhone is America's most effective mobile phone brand, advertising analytics firm Ace Metrix said in January. But Samsung finished second in phones and was the top technology brand of 2012, said Ace.

Samsung has been running a high-profile teaser campaign for its Galaxy S IV phone due to be launched tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall, and will undoubtedly continue that push with even more advertising to drive sales of the new flagship device.

Just weeks ago, Ken Segall, the creative director behind several of Apple's ad campaigns including the iconic "Think Different" effort, highlighted the effectiveness of Samsung's people-based ads, arguing that Apple needs to step up its game in order to counter Samsung's marketing successes.

Top Rated Comments

MonkeySee.... Avatar
121 months ago
Apple mainly sell stuff on reputation, not fooling the masses to buy knock off's.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unspeaked Avatar
121 months ago
Lesson learned: the more you spend on advertising, the more your product sells.

Yeah, just ask Microsoft with their Zune! And Surface!

Oh, wait...
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rdlink Avatar
121 months ago
"Samsung has been running a high-profile teaser campaign for its Galaxy S IV phone.."


But it has Android on it.... No thanks.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KieranDotW Avatar
121 months ago
Lesson learned: the more you spend on advertising, the more your product sells.

If you ask me, putting ads in the MIDDLE of YouTube videos (yes that happens now) makes me want to purposefully avoid buying your product. Maybe that's just me, because apparently it's working.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
samcraig Avatar
121 months ago
I can sum this post up in one all-caps paragraph.

MY BEVELS WERE CUT BY DIAMONDS! DIAMONDS ARE EXPENSIVE! APPLE IS GOODER AND I AM SMART FOR BUYING GOODER!

Forget the fact that plastic was just fine for previous iPhones.

Forget the fact that there may be a WEE bit bias. iOS and Android - while having similar functionality are two difference experiences. And it's good there's a choice.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
realeric Avatar
121 months ago
Apple spent money on shareholders. Samsung spent money on technology, development, and marketing. :mad:
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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