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Selected Case

published: 27 Nov 2017

  • Topic: Marketing
  • Industry: Collectibles
  • Region: North America

Abstract:
StockX is the world’s first “stock market of things”, a consumer marketplace for high-demand, limited edition products that operates exactly like the stock market. The underlying concept is to allow participants to buy and sell authenticated products in a live marketplace where they trade anonymously (with stock market-like visibility). The StockX exchange offers buyers and sellers historical price and volume metrics, real-time bids and offers (asks), time-stamped trades, individualized portfolio tracking and metrics, as well as in-depth market analysis and news. A partnership with Eminem, a native of Detroit, got StockX off the ground by creating exclusive content and access to rare sneakers from the rapper's personal collection. To build on this momentum, StockX needs to develop a growth strategy.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case highlights the importance of customer-focused marketing in creating profitable value. It highlights key concepts related to segmentation, targeting and brand positioning in a B2B context, in an industry which is maturing.

Keywords:
E-Commerce, Growth Strategy, Business Model Innovation, Collectibles, Sneakers, Eminem


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