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Case Studies by David A. Soberman

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published: 01 Jan 2003

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Abstract:
Please refer to part A for the abstract

Prizes won:
- 2010 ecch Best Selling Case in Marketing

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published: 01 Jan 2003

published: 01 Nov 2001

  • Topic: Marketing
  • Industry: Automobile
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
In response to the changes in the European small car market, Ford decided to launch a second small car, the Ford Ka. The Ford Ka has already been developed, the production capacity determined, and the launch set for October 1996 in France. Before Gilles Moynier can get to the specifics of the marketing strategy, he must decide who the target customer for the Ford Ka should be. The (B) case reveals that Ford chose an attitudinal segmentation and presents initial sales results. The change in the segmentation approach made it difficult to assess the success of the launch and to determine what needed to be done next to continue to build the brand.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The Ford Ka case introduces students to the fundamental marketing problem of market segmentation and target selection. Ford’s situation does not fit the “textbook” model exactly and thus, the case is an opportunity for students to see how theory is applied in the real world. Ford’s problem is not unique. Often firms want to introduce an existing product into a new market. At a more detailed level, the case can be used to highlight the difference between segment formation and segment identification and the importance of considering implementation issues of a marketing strategy. The case also exposes students to typical market research tools used for market segmentation.

Keywords:
Segmentation, Segment Identification, Target Selection, Product Introduction in New Markets, Internal Marketing

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published: 11 Jan 2001

  • Topic: Marketing
  • Industry: Automobile
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
In response to the changes in the European small car market, Ford decided to launch a second small car, the Ford Ka. The Ford Ka has already been developed, the production capacity determined, and the launch set for October 1996 in France. Before Gilles Moynier can get to the specifics of the marketing strategy, he must decide who the target customer for the Ford Ka should be.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The Ford Ka case introduces students to the fundamental marketing problem of market segmentation and target selection. Ford's situation does not fit the textbook model exactly and thus the case is an opportunity for students to see how theory is applied in the real world. Ford's problem is not unique. Often firms want to introduce an existing product into a new market. At a more detailed level, the case can be used to highlight the difference between segment formation and segment identification and the importance of considering implementation issues of a marketing strategy. The case also exposes students to typical market research tools used for market segmentation.

Keywords:
Segmentation, Segment Identification, Target Selection, Product Introduction in New Markets

Prizes won:
- 2018 Case Centre Best-selling Case in Marketing
- 2014 Case Centre Best Selling Case in Marketing
- 2012 ecch Best Selling Case in Marketing
- 2009 ecch Best Selling Case in Marketing
- 2008 ecch Best-selling Case in Marketing
- 2007 ecch Best-selling Case in Marketing
- 2006 ecch Best-selling Case in Marketing
- 2005 ecch Best-selling Case in Marketing
- 2004 ecch Best-selling Case in Marketing
- 2003 ecch Best-selling Case in Marketing

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published: 11 Jan 2001

  • Topic: Marketing
  • Industry: Automobile
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
Case B reveals that Ford chose an attitudinal segmentation and presents initial sales results. The change in the segmentation approach made it difficult to assess the success of the launch and to determine what needed to be done next to continue to build the brand.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The Ford Ka case introduces students to the fundamental marketing problem of market segmentation and target selection. Ford's situation does not fit the textbook model exactly and thus the case is an opportunity for students to see how theory is applied in the real world. Ford's problem is not unique. Often firms want to introduce an existing product into a new market. At a more detailed level, the case can be used to highlight the difference between segment formation and segment identification and the importance of considering implementation issues of a marketing strategy. The case also exposes students to typical market research tools used for market segmentation.

Keywords:
Segmentation, Segment Identification, Target Selection, Product Introduction in New Markets, Internal Marketing

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published: 08 Jan 2001

  • Topic: Marketing
  • Industry: Liquor
  • Region: Asia

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Abstract:
The case focuses on the launch of McDowell’s Vintage Premium Indian Whisky in the mid-1980’s (the dates used in the case are later and exchange rates and prices have been adjusted accordingly. The essence of the marketing challenge faced by the marketing manager is unaffected by the later dates). McDowell must deal with a common dilemma faced by domestic firms in developing economies where growth frequently produces a greater concentration of wealth at the upper end of the market. Frequently domestic products in developing nations are perceived to be of poor quality and do not have the cachet of well-known international trademarks. As a result, the growing affluence of the middle class in these nations can lead to increasing consumption of high price, high margin imports while domestic products are restricted to the low price/high volume business where it is difficult to be profitable. To address this problem, McDowell has developed a product that compares favourably in taste tests with imported products however; it does carry the baggage of being a domestic brand. The case considers the problem of the marketing manager for McDowell’s Vintage PIW who must choose a positioning and marketing strategy for his product. An important decision is whether the new product should be positioned as an acceptable alternative to imported scotch or whether it should be positioned as the best tasting domestic product. A further problem for the manager is to choose an appropriate marketing strategy for the product given the size of the country and the difficulty of reaching the target market. The timing of the case is 6 months before the scheduled launch for the product. The manager needs to finalize the positioning for the new product. In addition, the manager is considering several alternative strategies for the product that involve difficult decisions in terms of distribution, promotion and packaging.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case consists of three parts: Trying to understand the consumer who is buying scotch in India and the reason that he may have for moving up or down from his current product Selecting a positioning for the product based on the information in the qualitative information in the case and several exhibits Developing a marketing approach for the new product that flows naturally from the positioning chosen in step 2.

Keywords:
Positioning, Image Marketing, Developing Country Marketing, Liquor Marketing, Whisky Marketing, Scotch, Field Marketing

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