The Jones Blair Company is a small paint (coatings) producer in the southwestern United States. The company plant and headquarters are located in Dallas, Texas; and it does most of its business within this 11 county Dallas-Fort-Worth region, and also Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. Currently the company sells top quality architectural paint and accessories to various markets. The company also sells OEM materials to domestic and international customers. Jones Blair is currently looking for solutions for marketing their architectural coatings and sundries.
Jones Blair mainly deals with customers looking for a high end product. They strive to produce top quality coatings by continually ...view middle of the document...
This case analysis will determine where and how the company should market its architectural products.
Jones Blair has developed four alternatives to relieve the companies marketing problem.
a) Spend additional $350,000 on corporate advertising;
b) Cut price by 20%;
c) Hire one additional sales rep.;
d) Do Nothing (Status Quo).
a) Spend additional $350,000 on corporate advertising
This money will be used to increase awareness. Most of it will be spent on television ads targeted mainly in the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area at the do-it-yourself market. Brand image is important to consumers and television ads are a great way to get the name out. A recent survey noted that only 25% of this population is aware of this product and only about 12% of this population would purchase it.
b) Cut price by 20%
Compared to other leading national brands, Jones Blair is priced relatively high. This is based on the extremely high quality and performance of the products. By cutting price, Jones Blair will be able to stay competitive in price with other the other products on the market.
c) Hire an additional sales rep
Hiring an additional sales rep will allow Jones Blair to focus on new markets. These markets should be outside of the DFW area and allow for new cities and states to recognize Jones Blair.
d) Do Nothing (Status Quo)
Since Jones Blair has continually seen profits each year, they should maintain their current marketing objectives and do nothing. Jones Blair has done an excellent job of this in the past by watching the margins and controlling costs. By doing nothing, the company will not need to spend any additional money.
a) Spend additional $350,000 on corporate advertising.
The marketing department proposes a television campaign targeted at the DFW do-it-yourself market. This will cost an additional $350,000, but will significantly increase the awareness of Jones Blair products. Research has proven that brand awareness is a major factor in purchasing decisions. If Jones Blair does agree to use this method the company will need to make at least $1,000,000 to break even and cover the cost of this new promotion ($350,000/.35= $1,000,000). Most of the DFW consumers are do-it-yourselfers, so a television ad will be beneficial in this market.
Consumers will become aware of Jones Blair.
Do-it-yourselfer's account for 70% of volume in the DFW area.
Advertising is proven to increase awareness, and awareness is a critical factor in consumer purchasing...