Cialis Case

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Cialis
I. Problem:
In this case, the main issue at hand is to decide an effective marketing strategy for the introduction of new product, Cialis by the joint venture Eli Lilly and ICOS. This strategy will help to recognize a target market and also the future marketing endeavors necessary to have competitive positioning in the market amongst Cialis’s main competitors, Pfizer and Bayer. Cialis has to choose among the alternatives: beat, niche and compete.

II. Alternatives:
1) Follow Beat Strategy by differentiating its product from competitors by emphasizing on its duration i.e. 36 hours, targeting men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction (ED) + Existing customer base

+ Can convince existing, new users and dropouts that it is a superior product + Customers can wait for right moment
+ Better onset time and duration
+ Doesn’t have blue vision side effect that happens in case of Viagra + Can convince Primary Care Physicians (PCP) and urologists of its benefits - Higher sales force needed to compete with Viagra’s effective sales force team of 30000 - Not safe with nitrates

- Time on Market is 0 compared to Viagra’s 5 years so Viagra has better brand reputation
2) Follow Niche Strategy by targeting Viagra dropouts estimated to be around 6-7 million as compared to Viagra’s current users i.e. 3 million
+ Can demand high price
+ The number of Viagra dropouts can grow with the launch and success of Cialis + Easy to focus target market
- Low market share in total Erectile Dysfunction (ED) market - Difficult to convince users who have lost faith in similar product i.e. Viagra - Not safe with nitrates

3) Follow Compete Strategy and go head-to-head with Viagra’s positioning + Existing customer base
+ Alternative means to attract customers such as by convincing partners and people who think it will go away
+ Better onset time and duration
- Not safe with nitrates
- Difficult to convince...
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