In July 1992, CP senior management announced a new toothbrush model, the Precision, that was set to launch in early 1993. In order to meet consumer demand CP could introduce the toothbrush as a niche, super-premium or a mainstream, professional product. It could also introduce the product using standard naming conventions or introduce a new labeling system by calling it the “Precision by Colgate.” CP could leverage existing industry relationships and make an effort to form new ones in order to gain a competitive edge. At launch, CP could plan to offer competitive promotions, a popular offering that was slowly becoming standard practice in the oral care industry. The company could also increase its advertising budget to include educating the public on the dangers of gum disease. Depending on how it chooses to introduce the Precision toothbrush to the market, 1992 could serve as an important year for CP to establish itself as the definitive oral health care company.
In 1992, Colgate-Palmolive (CP) was the global leader in household and personal care products. It was also the leader in retail toothbrush sales in the United States. Prior to the 1990s, consumers were satisfied with toothbrushes that were aesthetically pleasing. As therapeutic toothbrush sales rose it became apparent that baby boomers were becoming increasingly concerned with their oral health, specifically their gums. As a result, the toothbrush industry experienced a massive influx of worthy competitors and the formation of a niche, super-premium market. In order to gain an edge each competitor worked on developing new toothbrush technology, forming alliances with dental professionals, expanding advertising budgets and offering promotions that would grab consumer attention. Industry Analysis
Not only can the industry be broken down by price models (super-premium, professional, and value), it can broken down a second time into niche and...