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Sage advance case - Unitedworld School of Business

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  • 1. SAGE ADVANCE THE COPPER CRICKET SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM Case Fact
  • 2. Introduction  Bob Block ,president of sage advance , which manufactures the copper cricket (a patented geyser pumping solar water heat for home use).  In 1983 they built the first working prototype, end of the 1984 they are searching for licensees for the technology  But during the previous ten years of solar tax credits a hurricane on mediocre technology had to swept the solar industry.
  • 3. Countd….  In 1985 government are canceled tax credit.  Next year 85% solar manufacturers disappeared because of tax credit.  They able to sale 30 system to individuals by gaining popularity a new shelter magazine.  The firm was not at the breakeven sales level as of January 1, 1991.
  • 4. The Product  The copper cricket have widely recognized, Popular science named it one of 1989’s “Greatest Achievement in science and technology”. The geyser pump is protected by a strong patent.  A recent survey of copper cricket owners founds that 98 % would recommend the product to a friend.
  • 5. Feature of the product  No outside power required.  No moving parts to fall.  No maintenance.  Freeze proof.  Nationally certified.  10 year warranty.  Kit form for easy installation.  No exposed plumbing.  Less expensive than electricity, gas or coal.
  • 6. The Environment  The energy crisis of 1970 & introduction of tax credit created a huge market of solar energy system, Particularly solar water heating system.  Because of the energy crisis & the removal of the tax credit program in 1985 devastated the industry.  In a year approximately 90% of the solar water heater producers dropped out of the business.  In 1990’s market picture was uncertain, the environment was main concern.  The Persian Gulf crisis had increased fuel prices, but an increasing recession had consumers nervous about capital outlays.
  • 7. Marketing Efforts  The firm’s marketing efforts have extremely limited due to its severe cash flow problems.  A significant percent of firm’s sales occur in Oregon.  Sage’s attempts to attract dealers have not been very successful.  Two large manufacturing who survived the 1985 shakeout have substantial distribution and sales despite having a less advanced product.  To encourage word-of –mouth communications.  Sage is also working with a number of large electrical utilities.
  • 8. Discussion Question  How could marketing research have helped Sage Advance before the cooper cricket was introduced to the marketplace?  Ans.-  Attract Distributors, manufacturers, customers  Able to identify target segment and be able to sale at lower price
  • 9. How can marketing research help Sage Advance now? It can test market and make market strategy accordingly. Assume Sage Advance survives its current cash flow crisis , what role marketing research play in the firm? It will grab it business easily
  • 10.  How should Bob set a budget for marketing research?  Definitely little bit of exploratory research is needed and as company faces fund crisis. It could go with literature review and case analysis(Benchmarking and ethnography).
  • 11. Campus Overview 907/A Uvarshad, Gandhinag ar Highway, Ahmedaba d – 382422. Ahmedabad Kolkata Infinity Benchmark, 10th Floor, Plot G1, Block EP & GP, Sector V, Salt-Lake, Kolkata – 700091. Mumbai Goldline Business Centre Linkway Estate, Next to Chincholi Fire Brigade, Malad (West), Mumbai – 400 064.
  • 12. Thank You

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