MKT 500 DEFENSE Deodorant Case Study

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DEFENSE Deodorant

Suppose you are the marketing manager for DEFENSE Deodorant, a product that is 

manufactured by your company, Merit Enterprises. Merit markets a line of consumer personal 

care products, e.g., Hair-So-Soft Shampoo, Awesome Hair Conditioner, Glisten Toothpaste, 

Abracadabra Mouthwash, and other similar products. Each product has its own marketing 

manager and there are a total of 13 products in the corporation’s product line, one of which is 


DEFENSE deodorant was introduced in 1993 with the typical corporate fanfare that marks the 

introduction of a new product. The product never really took off, however; yet, it does have a 

contingent of seemingly loyal DEFENSE users. Overall corporate sales are $6.3B with DEFENSE 

contributing sales of $68M in 2011. Gross profitability of DEFENSE in 2011 was 

$4.4M. DEFENSE in this current year in 2012 has about 2.1% of the total U.S. deodorant 

market, down from 2.4% in 2007.

Marketing research done by your department within the past three months suggested that 

those outside the DEFENSE user base see DEFENSE as simply “just another deodorant” in a 

market that is already brimming with competitive products (e.g., Sure, Mennon, Axe, Right 


Answer the following question: You are tasked by your marketing VP to recommend 

a strategic approach. What would you recommend Merit Enterprises do with DEFENSE 

Deodorant? Defend your strategic decision and demonstrate comprehension of 

strategic decision making within the marketing environment.

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