NEWS ANALYSIS: Nokia is in deep trouble. The company has watched device shipments plummet, profits evaporate and its position in the marketplace falter. Can anything save the company?
the bad news come any faster at Nokia? The company announced recently that due
to tough competition in the mobile space, sales plummeted during the first
quarter, resulting in the worst three-month results the company has every
reported. During the quarter, Nokia lost $1.2 billion, and shareholders,
shocked by the steep decline in earnings, sold off the company's stock.
one might expect, the tough quarter and
Nokia's acknowledgement that something drastic needs to be done fast
address its many problems are causing most to believe that nothing can fix the
once-dominant mobile firm. At this point, the naysayers argue that with Apple
and Google Android devouring its market share, all Nokia can do is accept its
fate as a dying mobile company.
perhaps it's not time for Nokia to wave the white flag just yet. Sure, it's
facing serious trouble and the chances of it turning things around are slim,
but there's still hope if the company can follow the right strategy.
on to find out some of the things Nokia should do to fix its ailing operation.
1. A quick sale to Microsoft
Nokia should consider is selling
. The software giant is looking to exercise some control over a
major vendor, and what better company to do it with than Nokia? What's more,
Nokia has several highly valuable patents Microsoft might like. At this point,
it's either sell off Nokia to Microsoft or face the very real possibility of
closing the doors.
2. Changes at the top
Nokia brought on Stephen Elop with the hope that he would change the corporate
culture and turn things around, he hasn't been able to do that. Considering
Nokia is on the downward spiral
, the company's board should fire Elop and
find a replacement with radical ideas. At this point, it might be the only
thing that can save Nokia.
3. Focus on international markets
will Nokia finally admit that it can't win North America and Western Europe and
focus its efforts on international, emerging markets? Those are the areas that
most likely need Symbian devices and other lower-cost Nokia offerings. That
could very well become part of an overall strategy that gives the company a
chance to recover.
4. Remember pricing
Nokia's Lumia line hasn't been very successful, the company's Lumia 900 has
done relatively well by
delivering high-quality features and a $99 price tag
. Maybe there's
something to that. At this point, price-to-value is a huge consideration among
consumers and enterprise users. Without that right balance, Nokia won't be
successful. The Lumia 900 might just be the template Nokia should use for all