Over the last several months, customers have been assailed by new advertising pitches from Apple and Microsoft. Apple's pitches were attacks on Microsoft's stability and security. Microsoft's Laptop Hunter commercials, meanwhile, criticized Apple's high prices. Both sets of commercials had the tech community buzzing.
However, it appears that Microsoft is convincing at least some customers to turn their back on Apple. A recent survey, dug up by AppleInsider and performed by BrandIndex, found that Microsoft recently overtook Apple in value perception -- a measure of how much value for their money a customer believes they get from a certain brand.
The study began in March, when the first Laptop Hunter ads aired, and it interviewed 5,000 customers. Microsoft's scores steadily rose over this time period. In February Apple scored a very high mark of 70, but by May 12, when the study ended, the fruit-branded company had plunged to a lowly score of 12 points (0 represents a neutral opinion).
Meanwhile, Microsoft went from close to zero to a mark of 46 points. Ted Marzilli, global managing director for BrandIndex, says that the Microsoft ads helped to lure away the “hip” 18-to-35 crowd who typically favor Apple products. He says the poor state of the economy combined with Microsoft’s effective attacks on Apple's pricing have produced strong changes in this group's preferences.
He states, "Apple did a great job of putting Microsoft on the defensive. It made them look old, stodgy, complicated to use and unhip. But Microsoft has started to hit back, and younger folks are more cost- or value-focused."
Apple did, however, manage to tie Microsoft in the 35- to 49-year-old category.
While this study provides an intriguing look at how the commercials may be swaying the easily persuadable, it fails to take into account other factors. For example, the buzz around Windows 7, Microsoft's new OS, has been steadily growing since a beta was released to the public in January. Furthermore, even if the study accurately captures shifting public opinion, it remains to be seen if Microsoft can translate this success into product sales.
quote: Furthermore, even if the study accurately captures shifting public opinion, it remains to be seen if Microsoft can translate this success into product sales.
quote: Vista has been a sales disappointment for Microsoft
quote: Which do you think Microsoft would rather sell you? 1,000 copies of Windows XP or 1,000 copies of Vista/Windows 7. XP isn't quite the money maker that Vista is or that Windows 7 will be.
quote: Microsoft has really opened itself up by extending Windows XP's shelf life for so long (and discounting prices on the licenses) while at the same time trying to promote Windows 7.
quote: Actually, the price of XP licenses increased last year while the price of Vista decreased. A lot of that had to do with there being 2 versions of XP and 4 versions of Vista.
quote: So the problem really is a PR and brand image problem, not a sales performance problem.
quote: Vista has been a sales disappointment for Microsoft.
quote: I remember reading somewhere that Vista sales are at the same percentage XP sales were at when XP was as old as Vista is now.
quote: you can really say MS is more full feature product
quote: If Microsoft can pull off a slam dunk Windows 7 release they could drive Apple marketshare back down
quote: people who have avoided Vista, not because they tried it and did not like it, but because of negative publicity
quote: The only reason people buy macs is because Steve has convinced them, (some how), that only cool people own macs,
quote: Apple did, however, manage to tie Microsoft in the 35- to 49-year-old category.
quote: While this study provides an intriguing look at how the commercials may be swaying the easily persuadable