Global Top 10 in 2009 – The Results Are In

The Departure
We were running the series on Indian brands named ‘Brands of India’. But suddenly this departure! It is definitely justified if it raises some questions in your mind. But hey, don’t worry! ‘Brands of India’ will continue after a refreshing break!
The New Course
Now, coming to this out of course article –

Lipton – drink tea to keep fit

Lipton is Unilever’s global tea brand. This is also the leading tea brand in the world. Lipton mainly offers three varieties: tea bags, packet tea and Ice Tea. Offered in both hot and cold format this brand is targeted to ‘Aspiring’ segment and mainly to the youth. The intended current positioning of the brand is ‘tea for out-of-home consumption’. So, the brand is available in forms like: 250 ml glass bottles, 200 ml vending cups, 245 ml cans and one litre tetra pack. For the same reason the brand is sold in 15,000 vending machines across the country… Continue reading

Closeup

This toothpaste brand was launched in India in 1975. It primarily targets the youth segment. To promote the youthful image it was the first brand in India to launch the gel toothpaste and is credited to be the creator of that segment. With the re-launch in 2004 Closeup promises to provide the benefit of ‘fresher breath and stronger, whiter teeth’. In tune with the target segment of youth – Closeup is offered in attractive colors & packaging and its ads shows young guys and girls impressing each other with their new found Closeup confidence. Earlier Closeup ads used to focus… Continue reading

How to do Competitive Advertising?

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Heard about competition? Obviously you have. And, advertisement? What a silly question to ask! Of course, you did. So, may be now it’s time to learn a little bit about ‘competitive advertising’. This is how a dictionary describes the term: “a commonly used type of advertising that communicates the unique benefits of a product, differentiating it from the competition”. So, it’s basically way of communicating how your product is superior from competition. In management jargons: “positioning your product based on the USP or competitive advantage”. Most competitive advertising shows more than one (has to be!) competing products with feature-wise comparison… Continue reading

Fair & Lovely – Is marketing meant for exploiting the consumers?

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Today we will discuss about the popular personal care brand Fair & Lovely. This HUL skin-care brand for ‘Aspiring’ segment was launched in India in 1978. The brand promises the benefit of ‘making complexion fairer over a period of six weeks’. The target segment for the brand is middle class Indian women who want fairer skin. The message is conveyed in ads where women using the brand become fairer and get ahead in life by attracting men and jobs. Of late, the range of the products under the brand is extended to include: Ayurvedic Fairness cream, Anti-Marks cream, Oil control… Continue reading