SWOT Analysis Australia | Swot Analysis Australian Government

Strengths SWOT Analysis Australia

·         Brand value

·         Successful alumni

·         Cost effective marketing strategy

·         Proper expansion and several campuses in Australia

Weakness

§  Fewer offerings of courses

§  Low level of distance courses

Opportunity

v  Growing trend in the country regarding the higher education

v  Growing number of the international students

v  Rise of technology

Threats

o   Sudden political instability

o   Sharp competition

o   Rise in cost of the educational equipment

Table: SWOT analysis of CQU  SWOT Analysis Australia

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SWOT Analysis Australia | Swot Analysis Australian GovernmentSWOT Analysis Australia tabular format, the chief strength of the CQU is the exiting brand value and the successful list of alumni. This two can be promoted as the chief factor while doing the marketing campaign for the organisation. However there are possible weaknesses have also been identified, which includes the less number of courses. Thus CQU needs to incorporate several technical courses augmented with the real time technical exposure which can help them to attract the student of the new generation who is careerist and have the inclination to enhance their skills sets with higher education, as suggested by Bates, (2014).  However, the rise of the technology can help in minimising the cost of the marketing and other allied cost of business operation. Moreover, Button, Harrington, & Belan, (2014) suggested that initiation of the online course through the distance education can mention as the another opportunity for the organisation.

Brand positioning

As identified by Furey, Springer and Parsons, (2014) brand positioning is the qualities or identities of a brand that is aimed to make a distinct position in the minds of the customers in relation to the competitors. As mentioned by Al Shobaki and Naser, (2017) in the context of universities, the brand value can be identified by the review of the students, the after-education placement of the students, the course fees, qualities of the faculty members and world class rankings. However, it may vary in different cases.

In the context of CQ University, the organisation has been identified by the students with a few pros and cons. The students identify the organisation highly in the context of regional facilities, low tuition fees, distance educational option, highly qualified and helpful teachers (Cqu.edu.au, 2017). On the other hand, they have identified the university low in the course verities.

The major brand value of the organisation lies in its extensive network of study centres even in the rural areas. Moreover, half of the students of the Central Queensland University are the distant learners. It is serving a high level of satisfaction among the students about the competitor universities. The low course fees are creating an attractive brand image to both the rural and international students.

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Figure: Brand positioning of the CQ University

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Marketing aim and promotional objectives:

As discussed by Dobrotvorskaya and Kalimullin, (2016) for obtaining better market positions, the organisations need to concentrate on its marketing mix and mainly the promotional strategies. In the context of the educational organisations, it becomes hard for the Universities to opt for out and out promotional strategies. Hence, they need to concentre on the promotional ways those create a better brand image to the potential students.

With the identification of the brand value and image of the university in the minds of both the national and international students, the followings can be identified as some of the major marketing plans of the organisation in the coming years.

  • Expand the market approach of the University by expanding campuses in the foreign countries like New Zealand
  • Introduce change in the marketing mix by introducing new courses and inclusion of online education

For the successful implementation of these marketing plans, the University may opt for the following promotional strategies:

  • Public relations:

As mentioned by Mogaji, E. (2016) opting for the public relational strategies are the most effective and popular way of marketing. It helps both in the process of uplifting the brand image and communicating the marketing messages to the target customer base. Here, the university can sponsor the talented and financially backwards students (both from national and international sector) to study in their own or other universities. It will be helpful for them in the process of collecting talented students those can help in the process of increasing the brand image and obtaining a competitive brand advantage over the competitors.

  • Social media engagement:

The organisation needs to be more engaged in the social media communication with the potential student base. Here, they can opt for promotional blogs which will be helpful for the students to know about the university facilities from others. On the other hand, the organisation can also opt for the strategy of direct communication between the university professionals and the potential students with the help of social media channels.

 Thus a better engagement can be achieved from the students’ end in both the national and international market of the University. 

Strategies for marketing mix:

As mentioned by Yaghubian, Mahmoudi and Tiji, (2016) marketing mix is the basic strategy formulation in the process of selecting and categorising the marketing plan and promotional strategies. Hence, it is important to create a strategically identified marketing mix for obtaining optimum market success. The followings can be identified as the marketing of the Central Queensland University.  However, for the proposed marketing plan, this marketing mix will opt for certain changes within it.

Figure: Marketing mix CQ University

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Competitive strategies (Budget and BCG matrix):

As mentioned by Al Shobaki and Naser, (2017) the generic strategies of competitive advantage suggested by Porter mention three distinctive guidelines. These are: cost leadership, differentiation and focus. However, by evaluating the marketing strategies of the CQ University, it can be mentioned that the university follows the strategy of cost leadership. As mentioned by Francis and Ogutu, (2015) in the cost leadership strategy, the organisations set a price range which is typically lower than the competitors. This particular strategy helps an organisation in the process of huge customer collection. With the help of this strategy, CQ University has collected a huge number of national and international students.

Now, with the help of the BCG matrix, it will be easier to identify the popular and successful services of the CQ University along with the courses which are bringing a low market return. With this identification, it will be helpful for the organisation in the process of formulating the marketing plan.

StarQuestion mark
Courses in business accounting and law

Engineering and technology

Health, medical and applied sciences
Cash cowDog
Online educational courseCourses in education and arts

Figure: BCG matrix for CQ University

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From the above BCG matrix, it can be identified that the Courses in business accounting and law and Engineering and technology is consuming the major financial investments with having the most popular customer choice. On the other hand, online educational courses can earn high income with low investment to the university, with the availability in the foreign market. When the company can invest more in the Question mark courses of Health, medical and applied sciences, it can withdraw the courses of in education and arts. From the above BCG matrix, it can be suggested that the university can invest in the online educational courses as it has the potentiality of being the star in future.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it can be stated that the university is performing well in the Australian market. However, for responding to the market opportunities it can include some alterations in the marketing mix and marketing strategies. With investing in the idea of online courses, the university will be able to obtain a better market share in both the national and international educational market. 

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