Example BCG Matrix: Coca Cola & Pepsi Cola

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Example BCG Matrix: Coca Cola & Pepsi Cola

The matrix is misrepresenting in some cases. Example: Coca Cola and Pepsi. Coca Cola is market leader, as a result of which the relative market share of Pepsi is always smaller than 1.
When the relative market share is smaller than 1, you will be at the right-hand side of the matrix. In that case, Pepsi will automatically be a Question Mark or a Dog.
Everyone understands that Pepsi is a Cash Cow!

  Henri Zalamea

Number of Competitors

If you're going to do a BCG matrix, be sure to list more than two competitors. As in your example, Pepsi will definitely not be a "dog" if you'll just include more participants in your grid. Personally, a "question mark" product is the one who gets the second largest budget (behind the star product) and is the closest thing to become a star in the future, given the right promotion, rather than a cash cow product, given a few more years, will start its decline towards the dog quadrant. Just my perception. Cheers!


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