Case Studies

GPU14: The Launch of Next Generation AMD Radeon Graphics Cards

Type: Case Studies
Topic: Social and Digital Media
By Chris Hook
31 October 2014

For many years, the two graphics card titans, AMD and Nvidia, were neck-and-neck with equal market share. Over a difficult three-year period, AMD downsized, laid off its component PR and social media team, lost its edge in graphics innovation and its hold on the PC component channel. Bleeding market share, AMD’s enthusiast graphics cards – the ones sought by the most demanding gamers, plummeted to just 23% market share. As as a result, AMD generated less press and community attention, lower sentiment scores, declining purchase preference and a diminishing ‘pride of ownership’ in its products. The challenge was compounded by the fading relevance of the desktop PC market, with press focusing their technology coverage increasingly on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Fortunately, 2013 marked an important rebuilding and turnaround year for AMD. With the imminent launch of AMD’s latest generation of Radeon graphics cards, AMD’s communications team sought to re-ignite customer passion around AMD technology and execute what would become the most successful and widely talked about processor launch in semiconductor industry history, one that would revitalize and grow AMD’s online community, energize its customer base, drive product awareness and accelerate AMD’s business like never before.


Chris Hook

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