Comparison Of Unilever And P&G Marketing Strategies

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Unilever has experienced quite a rollercoaster of marketing success and failure over the last 5 years. Originally its new 5-year strategic plan entitled 'Path to Growth' had special promise and forecast for success. The primary objective of this plan was to cull Unilever's 'tail' brands and place extra emphasis on those which were market leaders. Niail Fitzgerald believes that too many brands often confuse the customer and thus lead to poor purchasing decisions. The paradox of choice between Unilevers' products had to be addressed. This meant a dramatic reduction of over 1200 smaller brand names, the closure of 138 production facilities and the loss of 51,800 jobs. The key financial targets of this plan were to improve sales growth of the top line brands (which accounted for 90% of their annual turnover) by 5-6% each year, achieve an operating margin of more than 16% per annum and attain a double-digit figure in annual growth in earnings per share.

Unilever wanted to change its operations and follow a more differentiated and dynamic strategy of offering a service rather than a selection of products. This follows in line with PIMS which illustrates that growth in brand sales and market share is directly related to innovation and without a complete customer focus, market share and Return on Investment performance will suffer. Unilever also believe that by adopting an innovative approach to its brands, they will experience continued sales growth.

Unilever would also restructure its organisation and seek to cut out many of its suppliers in an effort to cut costs and simplify the supply chain. This tactic accompanied with the factory and job cuts would enable them to use the additional cash on top-line brand promotion and pass c...

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...e development and release of their new osteoporosis drug, Actonel. Feedback however was initially poor as patients complained about the size of and requirements for taking the pill. In again responding to consumer desires and requirements, P&G developed a weekly form of the drug which was just as effective in the conditions treatment but also more convenient.

The outlook looks very positive for P&G. They have created a well-rounded brand portfolio which appeals to a wide consumer base and have invested capital into developing markets. The financial forecasts are excellent and sales growth reached 19% in the beauty market last year. They have a clear strategy and structure in which to apply their knowledge of the marketplace. Unlike Unilever, it is P&G's innovation and consumer commitment that keeps them ahead, not brand culling, cost-cutting and market ‘guesswork'.

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