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  1. Caroll: company analysis
  2. Market audit: the chinese market
    1. Environmental Analysis
    2. Consuming In China
    3. The Chinese Middle Class Consumers Attitude
    4. Chinese Clothing Retail Market
  3. Strategic marketing analysis
    1. The Marketing Mix: 7P's
    2. 3 V's: Valued Customer, Value Proposition, Value Network
    3. Porter's Five Forces Strategy
    4. Boston Box
    5. Ansoff Matrix
    6. SWOT Analysis

With an economic growth of nearly 10%, China looks very attractive to a lot of companies today. The emergence of a strong middle class characterized by a high purchasing power makes opportunities plentiful. However, China's huge market is much more complex and specific than western ones. That is why designing a tailor made marketing strategy is crucial if a business wants to succeed there. Is China a good potential market target for a French fashion company? Are French fashion companies able to adapt to this very specific market? Could they be successful in it? This is what we are going to study in this article with the example of Caroll, the largest French clothing retailer by sales. Attracted by this fast growing market, the company wants to set up operations in China and make the best of this opportunity. The aim of this study is to design a strategic marketing plan for Caroll in China. In order to achieve this result, we will analyze the company in the first chapter, and take a closer look at Caroll's history, positioning and culture. In the second chapter, we will conduct a market audit of China. We will see what are the main characteristics of the country, what consuming means in china today, what the attitudes of Chinese middle class consumers are regarding brands and prices, and we will finish by taking a closer look at the Chinese clothing retail market with a competitors analysis. In the third and last chapter, we will practice a strategic marketing analysis using appropriate tools such as the 7 Ps, the 3 Vs, Porter's five forces, the Boston Box, the Ansoff matrix and a SWOT analysis. The conclusion will be dedicated to finding an appropriate solution to our issue: can Caroll be successful in China?

[...] Caroll will also have to take in consideration the specificities of China concerning promotion. What are the habits? TV spots, magazine, press, radio, internet. How many people have an internet connexion? What are used to do competitors? What results did they achieve during their past campaigns? Is viral marketing important? Is direct marketing more likely to produce the desired results? Physical Evidence The physical evidences Caroll will have in China are their stores and its website. The company will have to translate its website in local languages, certainly more than Chinese because there a lot of dialect within the country (Mandarin, Cantonese The design of the stores will be very important too. [...]

[...] Value Network How to deliver Caroll will certainly have corporate brand stores and some corners in big stores. Porter's Five Forces Strategy Porter's five forces model is used to determine the competitive intensity and therefore the attractiveness of a market. Generally, experts use this model when making a qualitative evaluation of a firm's strategic position. Threat of new entrants - The problem of counterfeits: China is the country where most of the counterfeits of the world come from. If somebody produced Caroll's products counterfeit it could damage the company's reputation. [...]

[...] To improve its position, Caroll will have to do some investments, especially in marketing. Generally, this kind of product does not generate any profit at the beginning. The objective for Caroll is to transform ?Question Mark? in and then ?Cash Cow?. Stars are products in the growth phase but not highly profitable. When market growth slows down, products with high share become Cash Cow. Theses products need very little investment and generate positive cash flow. are products with low market shares and low profit. [...]

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