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P&G Launches New Tide Pods Packaging to Cloak Colorful Orbs from Kids

Posted by Dale Buss on July 12, 2013 02:48 PM

Clearing a stubborm obstacle to the phenomenal growth of its new Tide Pods franchise—and presumably saving some curious children from severe sickness—Procter & Gamble has clothed the laundry-detergent pouches in new bulk packaging.

Tide Pods now come in a round plastic bin that features opaque orange where before there was a transparent surface through which consumers could see the individually packaged pods; they also come in newly opaque bags. Little kids could see the Tide Pods in the bowls, too, and to many of them the brightly colored, circular Pods looked like candy. Nearly 5,000 American little kids were exposed to single-load laundry-detergent packets like Tide Pods in the first half of this year, down from more than 6,200 last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.Continue reading...

brand challenges

P&G Relies on 'Everyday Effect' to Boost Brands, Products as Earnings Wheeze

Posted by Dale Buss on July 11, 2013 06:33 PM

Procter & Gamble's financial realities aren't very encouraging these days, so the Cincinnati-based CPG giant is doing what it can in another important arena: branding and marketing.

The company is expanding its new corporate campaign called "The Everyday Effect" that highlights the practical yet spirit-lifting values of its products and brands. It launched in January and has been taking in every exercise and outlet from online video ads to TV spots; a big sampling day in New York City last month; and even an online, three-minute documentary called "Swiffer Effect" (watch below) about how the brand's products make life easier for the elderly.

"We're featuring how each of our individual brands has a positive effect on people every day, whether that be a great night of overnight sleep for Pampers or helping their kids brush their teeth so they have a great day at school," Marc Pritchard, global brand building officer, told Ad Age. One major goal of the effort is to promote cross-brand trial.Continue reading...

market movers

Procter & Gamble Reviews Marketing ROI

Posted by Dale Buss on May 20, 2013 04:36 PM

Procter & Gamble remains far from out of the woods in its closely watched effort to goose sales in traditional western markets, bolster its biggest brands, rebuild its innovation mojo—and do all of that at a less expensive level. The company's newest such effort is to overhaul how it measures the impact of its $5 billion-plus annual marketing outlay, especially its digital aspects, in a major new review.

America's largest advertising spender just adopted a new system two years ago for measuring ROI on marketing spending because investors—led by activist shareholder Bill Ackman—had begun pressuring new P&G CEO Bob McDonald to get more efficient in that area. Of course, Ackman and like thinkers began putting pressure on McDonald all over the map in an effort to get him to move more aggressively on a strategy to put P&G's financial returns back to historical peaks and more in line with those of competitors such as Colgate and Reckitt Benckiser.Continue reading...

sustainability

CEOs Talk Sustainability at Fortune's Brainstorm Green Conference

Posted by Dale Buss on May 1, 2013 10:34 AM

Three heavyweights of American industrialism were among those who spoke at a Fortune's Brainstorm Green conference, and they had a lot to say about what they're doing to make their companies more sustainable.

GM CEO Dan Akerson, Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald, and General Mills CEO Kendall Powell each held forth at the sustainability-focused confab.

Akerson was the most newsworthy. He is genuinely fond of the Chevrolet Volt and will defend it against all comers, Akerson threw a potential trump card on the table against critics of GM's groundbreaking plug-in hybrid who believe it's way too expensive for whatever environmental benefits it yields, especially given all the federal-government subsidies it gets: The company plans a price cut of $7,000 to $10,000 on the "next generation" of the car and even plans for Volt "to be profitable," Akerson said.Continue reading...

revenue streams

P&G Tries to Get Growth Engines Roaring with Bigger Ad Spend, New Products

Posted by Dale Buss on April 29, 2013 10:33 AM

Because it's such a huge part of the US and global economies, it's difficult for Procter & Gamble to untether itself from general trends even when that would be expedient. So when consumers worldwide are feeling up, down or iffy—with tentative growth in the US, slowing growth in China and negative "growth" in Europe—P&G executives are bound to feel the same way.

Thus P&G CEO Bob McDonald is having to explain the company's latest quarterly report as a glass half-full, with top-line growth a bit higher than expected, and bottom-line growth a bit lower. The company's huge brand stables in developed economies were mostly a drag, while developing markets give P&G some reasons for near-term optimism—such as Brazil, where it's about to begin shipping Ariel Pods in an effort to turn that country's laundry-detergent market upside down the way Tide Pods have in the United States.

"The market itself is rather choppy," McDonald told investors this week on a conference call. "We're in the midst of a recovery. The market's heading in one direction, but it's choppy."Continue reading...

brand innovation

Is Tide Killing the Laundry Detergent Industry?

Posted by Dale Buss on April 5, 2013 11:32 AM

Tide Pods seem to be very good for Procter & Gamble, but some observers believe they're killing the rest of the detergent industry.

Naturally, P&G seems quite happy with how the pre-measured Pods are gobbling up market share in the U.S. detergent business, with expected fiscal-year sales of $500 million this year meaning that Tide Pods are well on their way to becoming yet another of the dozens of $1-billion-plus brands in the CPG giant's portfolio.

Moreover, this is a segment that P&G invented, as AP has noted, taking "eight years, 450 product sketches, 6,000 consumer tests and hundreds of millions of dollars." Despite imitators, Tide essentially has the category all to itself so far, with a market share of about 75 percent of unit doses, drawing customers from rivals without the technology. No wonder P&G plans to take Pods to Europe in the coming months.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Frommer's, Facebook, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 4, 2013 09:37 AM

In the News

Arthur Frommer buys back travel book brand from Google, which acquired it with big plans last August.

Facebook readies for rumored phone event today.

Apple's futuristic campus project runs late and $2 billion overbudget.

BlackBerry turns mobile website into "test drive" of new Z10 phone, kills off BBM music service.

CVS and Rite-Aid target allergy season.

ConAgra boosts ad spending as commodity costs drop.

Detroit Electric launches Tesla rival.Continue reading...

brand innovation

P&G Enhances Connect + Develop Innovation Pipeline

Posted by Dale Buss on February 13, 2013 01:37 PM

Procter & Gamble is redoubling efforts to tap into the emotions of consumers and the inventiveness of entrepreneurs as CEO Bob McDonald declares that he has brought the company through a rough patch and sees a brighter future.

The company has just launched a new front door for its vaunted open-innovation program, Connect + Develop. The new website aims to speed up and simplify external connections by linking would be innovators directly to top company needs, and P&G business leaders directly to external innovation submissions.

Connect + Develop, which the company describes as, "at the heart of how P&G innovates," has been responsible for a wide variety of game-changing innovations introduced by P&G over the last decade, ranging from Swiffer Dusters to Crest Whitestrips. The aim of the new site is to make the sorts of connections that lead to such innovations "easier and more effective," Laura Becker, general manager of Connect + Develop and of global business development for P&G, said in a press releaseContinue reading...

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