Posted by Dale Buss on December 23, 2014 10:32 AM
Like many other CPG companies, Kimberly-Clark is trying to become more agile, especially when it comes to identifying, evaluating and spurring innovation in areas ranging from new products to digital marketing. But the parent of brands including Kleenex and Huggies has been taking a different—and in some ways more aggressive—tack than others in the industry toward finding these new ideas and putting them to work.
Kimberly-Clark's strategy is embodied in the company's Digital Innovation Lab, which is focusing on open-source innovation with its second annual KChallenge startup challenge at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2015. The winner will get the chance to pilot a project with one of K-C's global brands, a roster that also includes Depends, Scott and Kotex.
Originally a platform to showcase the latest high-tech TVs and consumer electronics, CES has broadened to engage other industries, including automotive, healthcare, entertainment and consumer brands, as the digital revolution invades every aspect of life.
brandchannel talked with Mayur Gupta (@inspiremartech on Twitter), the global head of marketing technology and innovation for Kimberly-Clark, about the 2015 KChallenge and how the company is trying to infuse digital innovation across its brands in partnership with entrepreneurs, developers and the VC community.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 29, 2014 09:43 AM
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Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 6, 2014 01:44 PM
Kleenex got a little fancy when the company started churning out oval and fruit-shaped containers, but the personal care company is looking to push its aesthetic even further with its latest move: bringing famed designer Isaac Mizrahi onboard to put his stamp on the tissue boxes as well as a new marketing campaign.
The addition of the outrageous Mizrahi is part of a new effort by the Kimberly-Clark Corp. to showcase how its 90-year-old signature brand has been a design powerhouse. As Ad Age points out, two of its boxes have been featured at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of Mizrahi’s responsibilities will be to contribute to the Kleenex microsite, Style Studio, which hosts historical facts, designs and contributions that the brand has made in celebration of its 90th anniversary.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 17, 2013 06:32 PM
It seems like every retailer with a syringe in the shop is giving flu shots these days. Now Kleenex has come up with a flu-mitigation method that it hopes will be less painful: an online flu-breakout-warning tool.
The Kimberly-Clark brand is pareparing to roll out Achoo, a proprietary forecasting model using Centers for Disease Control data to predict where germs will strike within the next three weeks. The brand told Advertising Age that preliminary tests suggest the tool is 90 percent accurate.
"What we'll be able to show," Kleenex Brand Manager Anna Elledge told the publication, "is the top five to 10 cities predicted to be the hardest hit." Consumers also will be able to enter their own Zip Codes to get regional cold and flu forecasts, a tool that Kleenex hopes will spread its app digitally even while it aims to thwart the spread of flu in the physical world.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 17, 2013 09:35 AM
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Green Giant goes “X-rated” in web videos.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 21, 2013 09:16 AM
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Diageo fights off latest legal challenge to its Parrot Bay cocktails.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 2, 2012 08:59 AM
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Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2011 09:00 AM
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