1. Rob1's Avatar
    Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY) Should Go Back To Its BlackBerry Roots


    By Michelle Jones

    Will Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY), soon to be officially called BlackBerry Limited, ever make a recovery. One columnist thinks it just needs to return the BlackBerry brand to what it was once: a business-focused brand which dominated the 15 percent of the mobile phone market which belonged to smartphones back in its heyday.
    Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) has gotten a lot of grief since its last earnings report, as it should, but one columnist says the companys problem is simple. It just needs to go back to doing what it was good at before and reinvigorate the BlackBerry brand.

    BBRY Blackberry Research in Motion

    Choosing The Right BlackBerry Spokesperson
    E-Commerce Times columnist Jeff Kagan writes that the Blackberry maker should stop reinventing itself and trying to focus on a new market and refocus its efforts on the market it knows: business and government. He says that while Alicia Keys might be a great spokesperson for many brands, shes probably not the best choice for Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB). Instead, he believes someone like Warren Buffett or General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) CEO Jack Welch would be better choices. Serious people for serious customers, he wrote.

    Of course that would depend on whether Buffett, Welch, or any other high profile business person would be willing to put their name on the product.

    A Plan For Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY)
    He refers to AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and the way it refreshed itself in the 2000s. The company was acquired by SBC, but the brand name was kept because of how strong it was. Over time, it acquired several smaller companies and has continued expending and refreshing its brand again and again. Kagan advises that this is exactly what BlackBerry should do.



    In addition to returning to its strong brand, he also said the company should talk again to its customers except be a better listener the next time around and make sure to give them what they want. He notes that business and government smartphone users dont want the same things standard consumers do. They want a business device that does what they need it to do. In fact, he says it should do all the things the old BlackBerry devices did while adding new features and apps in a way that dont involve pulling the plug on past and current customers.

    BBRYs 15 Percent
    Kagan also note that when Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) and the BlackBerry brand were popular and growing, smartphones only made up 15 percent of the mobile phone market. Today smartphones are about 50 percent of the market, but he doesnt think the majority of that market will ever be BlackBerry customers because the brand doesnt mean anything to them.

    Instead, he said if the company can just focus again on that original 15 percent of the market, everything will improve because those customers arent looking for an iOS or Android experience. He says they want a refreshed, new and improved BlackBerry experience that simply updates the old and that Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) should focus on its own slice of the pie without trying to grab a bigger slice yet.
    07-15-13 10:27 AM
  2. greggebhardt's Avatar
    The world is not what it used to be when Blackberry had roots. The market has really changed and Blackberry will have to find a NEW way.
    Acumenight likes this.
    07-15-13 10:32 AM
  3. bintheredundat's Avatar
    What a load of crap. How do some people become the goto persons for topics they clearly know nothing about?

    Sticking to corporate clients and having their head in the sand is what got BlackBerry into trouble in the first place.

    If the points in this article were true, BYOD never would've gained any traction and everyone would still be buying the BlackBerry Bold.

    I don't even know where to start with this article lol. Keep innovating. Find an under serviced niche and get the job done. If they can capitalize on nfc and car infotainment systems they should atleast find a portion of the market to serve.

    As for the article. What a load of crock.

    Posted via CB10 on my Z10 Oreo
    Acumenight likes this.
    07-15-13 10:33 AM
  4. m1a1mg's Avatar
    In the past, they brought out a device that could handle email like no other. Although the OS10 phones are cool, they are not the same as those phones of the past. I keep saying it. BBRY needs something wow. Not just what other folks have.
    07-15-13 10:59 AM
  5. Rob1's Avatar
    Still like the crack about Alicia Keys........
    07-15-13 12:04 PM

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