Global Fighter Jets is poised to provide customers with high-edge military aircraft specifically to combat fighter jet. Our marketing efforts will be geared towards customer's reassurance that we are the first when searching for military fighter jet such as F-35 fighter in Israel. Our key to success will center on the marketing strategy that we will implement, and our marketing strategy is the marketing mix to expand the relationship with existing customers.
Global Fighter Jets will use 4Ps as marketing mix, which include Product, Price, Promotion, and Place. Several reasons make the paper to choose 4Ps as marketing strategy.
Product: A product relates to the specifications of goods as related to the satisfaction of customers. The company chooses product as marketing mix to provide combination of quality, brand name and features to launch the product into the market.
Price: The reason for using price in the marketing mix is that Global Fighter Jets will need to adopt competitive pricing to achieve market advantages. The company will try to cut costs by procuring materials that will be used to manufacture the aircraft from different sources. The company will also use the local materials to supplement the overseas material procured. Using this strategy to cut costs, the company will be able to provide its product at competitive price.
Promotion: Promotion of the product is critical to facilitate the product awareness. The company will use promotion tools that are cultural driven for product promotion and the promotion message will chose message that will enhance the product acceptance. The company will use outside marketing experts to design the promotion message that would be cultural acceptable in Israel. The company will use combination of advertising and publicity as marketing promotion.
Place: The company will use joint venture for the business strategy, which will enhance efficient distribution of the product. Since the aircraft factory will be located in Israel, the company will try to locate its factory at the strategic places to the military base to enhance efficient distribution of the product as well as enhancing reduction of the transportation costs. The joint venture that the company will employ will assist Global Fighter Jets to easily locate the distribution channel for the product.
1.2: Marketing Plan
Marketing plan provides the direction for the marketing activities. The marketing message will be designed to appeal to customers and other stakeholders. The marketing plan will address the following
Product modification: The company will use the product standardization and product customization to specifically adapt the market needs. The product adaptation is the system of improving on the product to presumably adapt to the local market. On the other hand, product customization is the process of designing a product to suit the foreign market. (Bruce, Daly, & Kahn, 2007). In a global market, product adaptation represents an important element in product standardization, which influences the market performances. (Powers, 2010). In a global environment, product adaption is a unique marketing component that strengthens competitive market position. The company will use the product adaptation and standardization to create high-level interest for the F-35 fighter jet in Israel. There will be a modification of the product to communicate the company goals to the audience and. The company will also use the branding as a method of differentiating the Global Fighter Jets' product in the market. Typically, the company will use branding to demonstrate the core benefits that the product will deliver to target customer.
Pricing: The pricing is very important in the marketing plan. The company will not set a fixed pricing for the military aircraft. The pricing will depend on the product specification, delivery time, and quality of the product. However, the company will try to produce the product at low costs to set the competitive pricing for the product. The company will try as much as possible to strike the contractual competitive pricing deal with major customer to ensure the company enjoy long-term customer participation.
Promotional Program: Promotion program will take into the consideration the Israeli cultural aspect in the promotion plan. The promotion program will be designed in such a way that there will be no misinterpretation of local taboo to ensure that the product is integrated in the local market. The company will use combination of promotion strategy such as offline and online adverts for the product promotion. The offline advertisement will include TV adverts, radio adverts, and newspaper adverts. The company will also use the billboard located at the strategic places of the country to display the product. The online promotion program will involve the advert through the internet. To make the product more acceptable in the local market, the company will use local language for offline advert. However, combination of local language and major international languages will be used for online advert. Through the influence of advertising, the company will be able to differentiate its product against the competition.
Distribution Channels: Distribution plays important role to ensure customer acceptance. Global Fighter Jets will make the distribution channel to be cost effective. The company will build the warehouse at the strategic location and very near to the market to decline the costs of transportation. Since the Israelis government is presumed to be the major customer of the products, the company will locate the warehouse very close to the Israelis military base to decline the costs of transportation. The company will also use the accurate order's processing, correct invoicing, prompt delivery and back up services strategies to enhance market advantages. The prompt delivery is very important aspect that the company will use for brand differentiation. The company will position the product to occupy the valued place in the mind of customer, and the objective of positioning is to enhance the product differentiation.
E-business: In the contemporary business environment, internet technology has become a strategic tool that organizations used to achieve global competitive advantages. The company will use the internet as a direct channel to market. The company will design a website that will be used for the promotion avenue. Global Fighter Jets will use B2C (business to consumer), B2B (business to business) and B2G (business to government) as the business models to achieve global e-business objectives. (Chen, Wang, & Chiou 2009). The company will use B2G to facilitate business relationships with Israelis government, and there will be integration of e-payment to facilitate the payment system. As part of the B2C system, the company will use internet to conduct business with customers in Israel and other part of the globe. The company will use the internet to target customers in developing countries and emerging countries in South America, Asia and Eastern Europe. Typically, the company will use the internet to facilitate the order processing and order payment. The company will also use B2B to facilitate the procurement of materials that the company will use for the business. The company will introduce the e-procurement to facilitate the speed that the company procure materials from suppliers. (Chen, Wang, & Chiou 2009).
1.3: Market Indicators and Trends
Cook, (1996) argues that upgrading of the military aircraft has become a big business in the international environment. Similar to other business, the aircraft business has continued to experience growth, and the growth is due to the increase in the non-state actors that intends to attack the territorial integrities of some countries around the world. Following the terrorist attack at the U.S. Trade Center on September 11, 2001, many countries have decided to upgrade their military aircraft to protect their territorial integrities. Based on the need to protect the territorial integrity, there are competitions among the nation-states for the acquisition of military aircraft. The need to acquire the military ammunition has made many developing countries and emerging countries to turn to Israelis companies for the acquisition of military aircrafts. Data presented by Parker, (2005) reveals that countries such as Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are the leading countries demanding the aircraft ammunitions between 2006 and 2011. Other countries with high demand for aircraft ammunition include Iran, Algeria and Nigeria. Based on the general believe that Israelis companies have the sophisticated technology to develop military aircraft, many of these countries are turning to Israel to develop their ammunitions. Typically, Israel has been able to do well in the military aircraft business because many governments in South Africa, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe are increasingly upgrading their military aircraft to ensure that they are fit for modern warfare. Between 2003 and 2008, the defence spending in Latin America grew by 91%.( Business Monitor International, 2011).
2: Financial Overview for the Global Fighter Jets
This section provides the financial overview of the Global Fighter Jets. The financial overview consists of the start-up funding, the projected profit and loss and project balance sheet.
2.1: Start-up Funding
The projected start funding consists of Start-up Expenses-to-Fund and Start-up Assets-to-Fund, and the total amount of required funding will be $820 million. This amount…