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Weblog:   Apple and Developers
Subject:   market share
Date:   2003-06-29 19:26:02
From:   anonymous2
"As to why Apple's stuck with such a small market share?"

akthough you believe Jobs is a genius, he is horrible at sales or even understanding it.
You will never succeed when you tell people "how to buy" your product, you just let them buy. This is how Apple does business and why their market share dwindles year by year.

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  • market share
    2003-07-05 03:53:50  anonymous2 [View]

    Apple's lack of market share is due to how Apple is branded. Part of telling people "how to buy" is part of the Apple brand and culture.

    Alas when it comes to market share, there is nothing inherent in Apple's branding that appeals to normal mainstream people.

    In reality:

    -- Most people don't sip caffe latte with the Dalai Lama or daydream about the works of famous creatives.

    -- Most people don't live on trust funds and spend all day making DVD's and playlists for their iPods.

    -- Most people don't collect art and do not need their computer to look like a mushroom.

    -- Most people are not involved in some sort of counter-culture dissent movement.

    Apple is a cult. Their lack of market share is not a bug, it is a feature. Apple's brand does not support massive scaling of the customer base -- because the additional cult-compatible customers simply don't exist.

    By Apple's own count, there are 7 million OS X users. That's a number, that as percentage of total personal computers in use, is very close to either 0% or 1% of the market. It's the fringe.

    And Apple, to their credit, is somehow managing to survive out there. Somehow reminds me of a bunch of rag-tag hipsters and artistes "fleeing the tyranny of the Cylon empire". God bless them.
  • Better Mousetrap
    2003-06-29 19:36:06  jmincey [View]

    Huh? This "build it and they will come" philosophy doesn't work. The world is full of people who built a better mousetrap only later to be disappointed and confused when the world didn't then beat a path to their door. The lesson? Building a better mousetrap is not enough; instead you must get the word out. You must promote your product.

    Many people still operate under the mistaken impression that there is no file compatibility between the Wintel and Mac platforms. This is just one of many misconceptions that effective marketing must combat. Thus Apple is right to aggressively market its products -- both to developers and consumers alike.

    Jeff Mincey

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