V. Kasturi Rangan, Susan Lasley
Sales & Marketing
Joan Macey, Rohm and Haas’ market manager for Metalworking Fluid Biocides, found that sales of a new biocide, Kathon MWX, was utterly disappointing. This was all the more puzzling since sales of her other product–Kathon 886 MW, a liquid biocide used only in large-capacity tanks–was well on target and held a steady 30% market share. In May 1984, about five months after the new product was launched, Joan Macey was reviewing her entire marketing strategy with a view to bringing Kathon MWX sales closer to target. Of particular concern to her were the distribution and communication strategies used for the new product.