Budowanie marki prestiżowej na przykładzie wybranych azjatyckich koncernów technologicznych

Joanna Pietrzak,

Marek Reysowski,

Marcin Krzaczek


Prestige brand strategy – the case of selected Asian technological companies

Due to technological advance, in many sectors of the economy products have become very similar to each other. This is particularly true in relation to advanced technology products, which are often based on the same components and similar technology. This makes it difficult for an average consumer to make an assessment as to their quality and possible superiority. In this situation, brand becomes the most important differentiator and brand strategy has gained in critical importance in most technological companies. In order effectively to communicate with consumers, a brand has to focus on differentiating factors which are not common, and which are not being used by the other companies in an industry. Prestige is one of such original and nonobvious factors, defined in the present study as the ability of a brand to evoke feelings of individual uniqueness and social achievement. The aim of this article is to present Polish consumers’ prestige value perception of two Asian technological brands: Huawei and Samsung. These have been selected due to their leading position on the Polish mobile devices market. Analysis is based on empirical research made by means of CAWI interviews conducted with a sample of 1200 Poles. The research comprises two dimensions of prestige values: individual (uniqueness, personality demonstration, luxury) and social (proof of success, ability to impress others, status symbol). The results suggest that Samsung is perceived as a brand of higher prestige than Huawei in both dimensions: social and individual. Huawei is perceived as being fairly good in terms of proving success and of other social aspects, but it lacks the ability to evoke a feeling of individual uniqueness, personality expression, or luxury.