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Sanrio Co. Ltd.
Shintaro Tsuji (1927)
USD $5 billion
Company Main products:
Sells character branded merchandise. stationery, school supplies, gifts and accessories
Company main customers :
Young girls but has extended to adult women as well
“At Sanrio, we believe that a gift is more than just a gift. Rather, a gift is a means of expressing our heartfelt feelings for others.
This philosophy guides all Sanrio activities, whether we're designing a stationery set, a retail store, or an animated television series.”
Small gift, Big Smile
"to promote what we call "social communication," the sharing of love, respect, caring and friendship. We view each customer as the giver of a gift, even if it is a special something for herself.
The Sanrio product concept provides the opportunity for kids of all ages to share heartfelt feelings with one another through the exchange of a thoughtful, small gift.
Every Sanrio product conveys a message of friendship and happiness, and they are appropriate for virtually all gift-giving occasions - birthdays, holidays, thank yous, visits, good grades, graduation; the possibilities are endless!"
August 10, 1960
Shintaro Tsuji starts
this from silk to rubber sandals with flowers painted on them. Found out that by adding a cute design, his items sold better
Hello Kitty is created on
a coin purse
Sanrio Inc., a subsidiary
of Sanrio Co. is established
in San Jose, California
Sanrio Puroland theme
park opens in Tama City, Tokyo.
Hello Kitty appointed as the "tourism ambassador for Visit Japan Campaign in China and Hong Kong" by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
Strong brand recognition
Little information about characters
Simple Design----World Wide appeal
Rotate items, collectibles
Target group does not concern men
Relies on cute concept but people grow
out of that
No strong audience connection ala
Hello Kitty is old and not gaining
Middle Eastern Expansion
License other well known
Include men in demographics
Change in "fashion"
Threat of New Entrants
Does not have much power
because they have many
types of items
Big names such as Disney
Rising popularity of Rilakkuma
Deals with many types
of buyers: Wal-Mart,
Target, and even luxury
brands and dept. stores
Market is unpredictable
however creating long
lasting brands is a
People will search for
Hello Kitty 1975
Spottie Dotti 1990
Show By Rock! Game