Address Headland House, Chord Business Park, Godmanchester,
Date of birth 1865.
Nationality Finnish. Scandinavians love mobile phones and the Finns are
nuts about Nokia. It is by far Finland’s biggest company, accounting for
10 per cent of gross domestic product and 50 per cent of activity on the
Helsinki Stock Exchange. The town where Nokia is headquartered is even
named after it.
Marital status Single.
Background The company that is now synonymous with sleek mobile phones
started life making toilet paper, rubber boots and industrial
For its first 100 years, Nokia had no connection with telecoms. It was a
sprawling industrial conglomerate, dabbling in many areas but
specialising in none.
In 1992 it opted to concentrate on mobile phones, forced into drastic
cost-cutting by the recession of the late 80s. Nokia had made a name for
itself in this area, launching the first hand-held mobile, the Cityman,
in 1987. By today’s standards, this could hardly be called ’mobile’,
being the size of a brick.
The decision to focus on phones marked the start of a dramatic period of
growth for Nokia. To put things in context, Nokia was worth dollars 1.4
billion in 1987, when less then 40 per cent of its business was in
telecoms. Now, 90 per cent of its revenues are from telecoms and the
company is worth dollars 70 billion. It is the world’s biggest mobile
phone manufacturer, making 78.5 million of the 275 million phones sold
Key staff Marion Karniely is marketing director. Alison Brolls is head
of UK marketing and looks after the entire account. Contact
Media agency MediaCom. Associate director Lisa Petchey oversees the
Contact 020 -7874 5500
Annual spend pounds 20 million.
Media used Nokia is constantly producing smaller, trendier models. As a
result, a lot of its media activity centres around launches. It likes to
ensure these coincide with innovative marketing work, such as a product
placement deal in The Matrix, in which Keanu Reeves used a Nokia to
communicate with aliens. The brand used London Fashion Week to launch
Nokia’s more conventional media spend goes into press and TV. Magazines
used depend on the target audience for each model, for example, the 8210
was advertised in Vogue and Elle, while the 9110 Communicator organiser
was advertised in the business press. The most recent campaign, for the
youth-focused 3210, used mass-market youth titles and six-sheets. The
8210 and 3210 have recently used TV.
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