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Dove: Evolution of a brand

  1. Dove : Evolution of a Brand Harvard Business School Case Pranav Anand IIT Kharagpur
  2. Dove, a brand with its origins in the U.S. in the post-world war || era. Launched in 1957 with its strategic step to create a strong brand positioning in health and beauty sector by Unilever.
  3. About Unilever Established in 1930 with its dependency on palm oil products. And grown into packaged consumer goods in the food, home and personal care sectors of the economy.
  4. About Unilever 11 of its brands had annual revenues globally of over $ 1 billion and it earns total annual revenue of $ 50 billions.
  5. Objectives of this case
  6. To know it strategic planning on managing both mass communications and personal communication. and
  7. How has Dove evolved itself into the greatest master brand ?
  8. Discussion on the five major aspects. From brand point of view To customer point of view Media planning Public relation Organising for brand management
  9. Initially, What was Unilever strategic step on Dove’s introduction to market ?
  10. Its product claim that it would not dry out skin the way soap did, because it was not technically soap at all.
  11. From where did this formula come ?
  12. Its formula came from military research conducted to find a non-irritating skin cleaner for use on burns and wounds, and contained high levels of natural skin moisturizers.
  13. In the initial period of its evolution, it created too much buzz into the masses with the message “Dove soap doesn’t dry your skin because its one-quarter cleansing cream.”
  14. Result And the brand continued its dependency on claims of functional superiority backed by the product’s moisturizing benefits.
  15. Dove became one of America’s most recognizable brand icons.
  16. Unilever entries in personal care categories beyond the beauty bar category and, it help
  17. Brand point of view Started “The campaign for real Beauty” for exploratory market research. Idea generator Silvia Lagnado Greenwhich channel based global brand director for Dove
  18. What was the idea ?
  19. Indulged into research to get women’s responses to the iconography of the beauty industry, and unearthed deep discontent.
  20. Got information that many women feel taunted and for many, use of young, white, blond and thin women on the advertisement and packaging are unattainable standards. Study insight
  21. What was its impact ?
  22. Use of ordinary people in supermodel context in the vision of : Changing the way society views beauty. Provoking discussion and debate about real beauty. Promoting dove as a skin firming-cream which deliver a functional benefit.
  23. Unilever crafted a mission statement to serve as an anchor to the variety of creative initiatives that unified “The campaign for real Beauty”
  24. What was the mission statement’s purpose ?
  25. It emphasized on more women feeling beautiful instead women feeling more beautiful.
  26. Dove brand builders started contest titled “Real ads by real women” Consumer’s point of view
  27. To invite consumer to create their own ads for Dove cream Oil body Wash. Consumer’s point of view
  28. For what purpose ?
  29. to get people real experience what they feel, small, see and hear after using Dove cream oil body wash.
  30. Unilever’s media plan for “The campaign for real Beauty” was to build out a buzz. Media Planning
  31. Company focuses to choose major media types like Superbowl media, on Opera Winfrey show, and talk show of Jay Leno. Media Planning
  32. Unilever also created too much ads concentration for greater brand impact without paid media. Media Planning Ads released on You Tube with contribution on topics like anorexia and heartfelt Interchanges between fathers and daughters
  33. What was its result ?
  34. It was among the most downloaded commercial ever to appear. It generated volumes of discussion on chat rooms. It popularity became the subject of considerable newspaper, radio, and television coverage.
  35. Public Relation Unilever’s public relation strategy consists the following as an integral approach to marketing Planning : Advertising Media planning Consumer promotions Customer marketing
  36. Public Relation Company created public relation channel strategy to generate broad awareness for “The campaign for real Beauty”
  37. result?
  38. It establish an emotional connection with women
  39. Final pillar of the plan
  40. “ walk the talk ” Unilever establish this global Dove self Esteem Fund to raise the self esteem of girls and young women.
  41. And, given a path
  42. for What?
  43. How a marketing campaign became the catalyst for a social debate.
  44. Organizing for Brand Management What is the Unilever’s brand management strategy ?
  45. Organizing for Brand Management It offers multiple brands within a product category.
  46. What it really does ?
  47. Organizing for Brand Management Each brand operated as a separate business, competing with its siblings as well as the products of other firm.
  48. Organizing for Brand Management Forward steps Unilever split its brand responsibility
  49. Organizing for Brand Management Brand Development Brand Building
  50. Brand Development It is centralized and global in scope. It take responsibility for developing the idea behind a brand, for innovation, and for evolving the idea into the future. It is accountable for medium- to long-term market share, for brand health, for measures of innovativeness, and for creating value in the category.
  51. Brand Building It is decentralized according to the major geographic regions in which Unilever operated. Brand-building chain of command were charged with bringing the brand to life in their marketplace. They are accountable for growth, profit, cash flow, and short-term market share. Working within the mission inherited from brand development, they have the freedom to use imagination to break through their particular market’s media clutter.
  52. What are the final conclusions ?
  53. In September 2006, Dove was identified as one of the 10 brands with greatest percentage gain in the brand health and business.
  54. What was its growth reasons ?
  55. Much of its growth was attributable to its extension into new personal care categories, and much credit goes to “The campaign for real Beauty”
  56. because
  57. the campaign had touched a nerve with the public.
  58. Created by Pranav Anand, IIT Kharagpur during an internship by Prof. Sameer Mathur, IIM Lucknow. Web: