Description Read the case study on page 108 in your textbook. Answer the questio
Description Read the case study on page 108 in your textbook. Answer the questions at the end of the chapter. As always, APA format and support your answers with reliable research. ———————————-//////////\/// 108 MINI-CASE Part 2 Product Positioning ° 108 6MD A biotech firm creates bone replacements that have been used successfully for about 5 years in a variety of appli- cations-joint replacements, trauma, etc. The parts are primarily titanium, a metal that has a decent track record for such uses because it is strong yet lightweight. It is also said to be biocompatible (i.e., rarely causes rejection problems). None of that is new. What's new to the firm's technology is that the titanium is calci-plated. Bones wear down faster than titanium, and in fact, titanium is so strong that it causes further wear on surrounding tissue. The calcium-like plating surrounding the bone pieces offers the advantage of slowing down that friction, making the pieces last longer, but also greatly slowing the onset of any returning aches and pains. A by-product of the calci-treatment is that it does not set off security systems at airports. The firm is obviously happy about their products' successes, but they are regretting their status as a component piece. They wish to begin branding their pieces. Much like the success of the "Intel Inside" advertising campaign for their micro-processing chip, the biotech firm draws an analogy and wants people to understand that they are offering an excellent "ingredient" brand. The firm is pretty set on calling the product lines by the brand name 6MD. It began as a skunkworks project nickname, representing the bio-engineers' respect for the Six Million Dollar (6 m.d.) Man. They had even hoped to get Lee Majors to be their spokesperson, but initial contact made clear that he was too expensive. He was also looking a little long in the tooth. The name also stuck because the "MD" piece of the brand name should resonate with one of the constituencies who would use the brand. Case Discussion Questions 1. Who is/are the biotech firm's customers? 2. How should they position this brand? 3. Will the customers appreciate the brand's USP (unique selling proposition)? Why? 4. What directions might you suggest to the biotech firm for brand- or line-extensions?

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