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No Brands are Safe as Lafley Takes Apart P&G to Rebuild It

Posted by Dale Buss on August 19, 2014 04:39 PM

The first time around running Procter & Gamble, CEO A.G. Lafley was in an expansionary mindset that prompted the CPG giant to acquire Gillette, swoop up and deploy outside innovations such as the Crest Spinbrush, and beef up brand after brand and market after market to transform the company into a global consumer-good marketing juggernaut.

Not so much this time around. In his second turn as chief, Lafley is addressing questions about P&G's business model that are just as fundamental as during his first tenure. But the answers he's been coming up with are much less pleasant, as he forges a strategy based on cutting costs, reorganizing operations and shedding many of the 100 underperforming brands that he's currently reviewing as he tries to re-energize a company beaten down by the slow-growth economy and challenged as never before by CPG rivals. His idea is to turn fewer, better-performing brands into greater growth engines for the company.

News of possible gambits for Lafley, quite naturally, have been popping up since he announced the strategy earlier this month. Braun shavers—which just returned to TV thanks to a new partnership with the NFL—and Duracell batteries are the two largest assets likely to be divested, Reuters reported based on sources. Cheer and Era laundry detergent brands may also end up on the chopping block, the Wall Street Journal reported. Continue reading...

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ConAgra, P&G Put Rivalries Aside To Fight Childhood Hunger

Posted by Dale Buss on March 12, 2014 11:47 AM

ConAgra and Procter & Gamble are setting down the longtime rivalries of the companies and their brands these days for a special campaign aimed at fighting the surprising and stubborn prevalence of childhood hunger in America.

In the Childhood Hunger Ends Here campaign, the CPG giants are joining forces to support a campaign that ConAgra began in 2010 to highlight the problem of the nearly 16 million children who are said to be living in "food-insecure" households in America. The effort will donate up to 7 million meals.

"We can make joint calls on retailers, and that helps retailers look at it as a bigger, more powerful program," Brett Groom, senior vice president for content integration and activation at ConAgra, told the New York Times. "We certainly hope to build this into a multi-year relationship."Continue reading...

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Caddies, Cokes and Crisco: The Product Placements of 'The Help'

Posted by Abe Sauer on August 22, 2011 11:02 AM

The sleeper hit of the summer, The Help, does not have much by way of product placement. But what it does have, it works, weaving various iconic products from the 1960s into the plot about the struggles of black maids in white households during the turbulent Civil Rights era Mississippi.

Cadillac, Corvettes and Coca-Cola: is there a trifecta of brands more emblematic of America's era of the economic ascension? Coke probably scores the best placement of the film in both prominence and role, as two cold bottles are shared by characters during a heartwarming moment of racial transcendency. In the book, Coca-Cola plays an even more important role, as one maid gets one for her employer to calm her after a miscarriage.Continue reading...

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Super 8 Loves the '80s, Spielberg with Product Placements

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 13, 2011 01:00 PM

When it comes to product placement, Super 8's very name, like Gran Torino or Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, is itself a product. In 1965, Eastman Kodak created the video format that would come to dominate amateur movies for a decade. Even though Kodachrome itself has been discontinued, Super 8 formatted film is still widely made, if not widely available. 

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Super 8 is billed as a homage to Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment films of the 1980s. In plot, scope and feel, that's certainly the case. Even when it comes to product placement, Super 8 tips its hat to Spielberg's legacy.Continue reading...

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