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2. Timeline 3. 4. The Company

  • Started by licensing its search engine to third party sites eg. Yahoo!
  • In Dec. 1999, they started using the Paid Listings Model Sponsored links that appeared either adjacent to or interspersed with web search results for specific keywords.
  • In March 2003, Google launched Contextual Paid Listings

5. Corporate structure

  • Top Management: Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt
  • Went for an IPO April 2004 with a dual class equity structure
    • Class B 10 votes
    • Class A 1 vote
    • (Top management would own 1/3 of shares but control 80% of votes to allow for stability over long time horizons.)

6. Corporate Values

  • Dont be evil.
  • Technology matters.
  • Make own rules.
  • Managing innovation part of culture.
  • Never settle for the best.

7. Management Policy

  • To hire the right people for the job
  • Facilitating efficient team dynamics and communication
  • Encourage creativity
  • To make decisions based on data
  • Dont be evil

8. Brief overview of problem

  • Over the past few years, Google has grown immensely and is still growing. Product innovations has expanded its domain beyond search into domains like:
    • Portals (Google vs. Yahoo, MSN)
    • Planned Payment Service (Google vs. EBay)
    • Ad Supported Software (Google vs. Microsoft)
    • What moves should Google make next?

9. Competitor Analysis Competitor Competitive Advantage Strategic Direction Yahoo! - Leading full fledged internet portal

  • Steering searchers to Yahoo!s own services
  • Human intervening in search results

Microsoft - Dominant in the PC software industry (Windows, Office etc.)

  • Developing software as services (Windows Live)

eBay - Largest ecommerce facilitator - Owns Paypal - Acquired Skype to leverage on VoIP for e-transactions 10. Differentiation Strategy

  • Had a corporate structure which allowed quick decision making & encouraged innovation unlike competitors
  • Higher focus on innovation , 20% policy, resulted in products like Orkut, Google news
  • Offered free software to marketers so they could optimize their investment in Google
  • No adoption of commercial agendas unlike competitors, focus only on improving algorithms for better results
  • Focused search engines like Froogle which are for specific products, these were free.
  • Faster, better search with many enhanced features like search history , language flexibility etc.

11. Differentiation Strategy Google Microsoft Yahoo CTR model, assist marketerCTC model Lesser assistance CTC model Lesser assistance Owned by essentially 3 people Owned by many shareholders Owned by many shareholders Higher quality search results Poor search results High quality but not as good Focused on search engine businessA portal, operating system with many business lines A portal, competedin many business lines 12. Porters 5 force model

  • Entrants to paid listings business faced considerable expenditure & need competent software developers.
  • Suppliers: Companies placing ads on Google, get higher revenue splits , better results , more guidance etc.
  • Buyers: better, faster, higher quality & speed of resultsreducing chances of users to shift search engine.
  • Rivals: Diversified firms, not as competent as Google in search engines, fierce competition as low switching cost
  • Substitutes: other media of communication , given the target market of e-advertisers, rapid increase in online access & surfing time, these hardly proved to be a threat

13. Porters Five Forces Model of Industry Competition New entrants faced heavy investment & technological superiority to enter Users got better, faster, higher quality & speed of resultsAdvertisers got higher revenue splits , better results , more guidanceother media of communication , given the target market of e-advertisers, increase in online access & surfing time, these were no threat Diversified firms, not as competent as Google in search engines, fierce competition as low switching cost 14. Resource Based Approach

  • Resource based model emphasizes the use of a firms unique resources to target and apply them to new markets
  • Unique corporate structure
  • Strategic alliances e.g. partnership with AOL
  • Strong focus on innovation
  • Unique 70/20/10 corporate strategy
  • CTR advertisement rate model
  • Superior search engine & other products like Gmail
  • Superior software tools & services
  • Strong support to advertisers & personalized search to users

15. Second Mover Advantage

  • Google entered e-search market after Yahoo this helped them improve search results using algorithms
  • Google developed a CTR model which was an improvement over Overtures CTC model
  • Developed contextual based advertising where listings appeared on editorial pages like blogs, news etc.
  • Developed many new products like Froogle, Gmail , personalized home page before their competitors
  • Developed brand ads & video ads which attracted brand advertisers

16. Competitive Advantage

  • Google should offer personalized features like personalized search, search history
  • Expand service range add features like desktop search , base , search Gmail,
  • Higher quality of accurate search results obtained faster
  • Competitive rates to advertisers & better services like Google wallet, to increase their sales and reduce costs
  • Google should lock itself as dominant design preferred by customers & firms who would incur switching costs if they changed their search engine

17. Technology Paradigm Shift

  • A new technology getting its start away from the mainstream of a market, and invades the main market, as its functionality improves over time
  • Firm which develops a technology that changes they way an industry functions gets majority of market share of that industry
  • Google discovered 2 killer applications
    • Page rank algorithm to improve search results
    • CTR paid listings model
    • It leveraged on these 2 competencies to make Google a favorite with buyers and advertisers and changed the way online search is conducted

18. What we do is search. Yahoo is a portal with a myriad of specialized services. What Google does is sufficiently limited. It's not really targeted at what Yahoo or AOL is trying to do. Our business strategy is not to compete, because we want them as customers Eric Schmidt, CEO Google 19. Other Future Offering

  • Extension of existing services in order to diversify
  • Close potential gaps in service provision
  • Further partnership with AOL (biggest service provider in America)
  • Create as much awareness as possible
  • Brand awareness plays a major role in search engine selection
  • Yahoo pays 900 million to facebook to capitalize on the youth market, Google has orkut which can be further developed to this purpose
  • Very successful with project to provide free WiFi in San Francisco and Mountain Valley (California)
  • Extend such projects worldwide

20. To zoom in4 Alternatives to Venture into

    • Focus on Comparative Advantage:
    • Develop superior search solutions + monetizing through targeted advertising
    • Make it the trusted third part info escrow agent for all the world business
    • In line with its aim of organizing all of the worlds information
    • Portal Building
    • Consolidating content
    • Up to date and subjective searches
    • Classified by relevance


    • eCommerce
    • Build trusted networks to provide intermediary function as an online payment inter phase (like PayPal)
    • Extending to purchasing journals, copyright articles via Google Channels
    • Extend Functionality
    • Compete head on with Microsoft as rumored
    • Desktop searches, office alternatives (provide support to development of open source initiatives like Open Office)
    • Provide interfaces compatible with Linux users to extend market base

22. Whynotbuild their portal?

  • According to Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, Google is not in the portal business.