Marketing Plan SURF & ARIEL | Brand | Discounts And Allowances

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Surf excel has been following the Unilever’s message i.e. add vitality to life. Similar is with surf excel. In the beginning Surf Excel was facing competition from Ariel, the product of P&G. but very soon with the tagline “Dirt is Good”, Surf Excel was successful in regaining its market leadership. It soon emerged back as the dominant detergent of the country. The product is decided by matching the marketing insights with the local insights. The marketing report of the brand should match the region’s attitude so that the product can fulfill and satisfy the customer’s need and expectation. The packaging is designed in such a manner that it should it is able to create a Recall value among the prospective customers. It should stand out among its competitors because majority of the purchases are impulsive buying’s. Price is decided as per the economic situation and spending pattern of the target market. Distribution pricing strategy is determined in such a way so as to suit all with customer’s purchasing power. Promotion was the most important ingredient in the revival of Surf Excel. The event PAINT MASTI created a name of the brand. Re-launch of the Surf with the tagline “Dirt is Good” helps in differentiating the product, because all other brands are still focusing on the fact that dirt is bad. The selection of place to communicate the brand’s message is a crucial process. The team of Surf Excel chooses the most effective media, be it print or electronic, at the most economic and effective time. The target market of Surf Excel is mainly Housewives as deciders, whereas children as influencers. Surf Excel is available in 4 different packages so that every income bracket can purchase it. The product this year showed a robust growth and increased profit. This reflects the strong brand equity of Surf Excel and market acceptance. Surf Excel’s repenetration in the market is a model of exemplary marketing strategies.

Table of Contents
1. Synopsis ……… ………………………………………………………………… 2. Mission Statement …………………………………………………............……. 3. Current Marketing Situation………………………………………………..…… Product Review…………………………………………………… Review of Competition…………………………………………… Review of Distribution.................................................................. Market Potential……………………………………………… 4. SWOT Analysis…………………......................................……………………. 5. Objectives and Issues……………………................................……………......... 6. Marketing Strategies …………………………………………….....….……..... Positioning Strategy…………………………………….…………….... Marketing Mix (Product)…………………………………….………... Marketing Mix (Price)…………………………………………….…… Marketing Mix (Distribution)…………………………………………. Marketing Mix (Promotion) …………………………………….…….. Competitive Strategy……………………………………………............ 7. Budget......................................................................................................... 8. Control………………………………………………………………….……….. 9. Bibliography…………………………………………………………………

Synopsis
  • Through this study I obtain information about different players of
detergent market. • Through this project I can tell the people about the current market situation of surf excel as viewing the market, which will provide a picture to how consider the market trends in future.

 

Surf
Dominating the washing powders markets in Pakistan for four decades; Surf has continued to change according to consumer needs. Being a pioneer, Surf had to work hard to gain acceptance in the early days. To educate housewives about its use, house to house demonstration were organized in Lahore and Karachi. Free sample and coupons were also distributed to recruit consumer. There has been no looking back since the brand has undergone numerous product quality improvements to offer best cleaning results. Over the year, there has been a shift from cartons to poly Bags and emergence of low unit price packs. With continuous technological innovations, the brand has always managed to fight off competition. Surf Excel, which hit the shops recently, has already gained a reputation for the best in the market

MISSION STATEMENT
We are the leading consumer products company in Pakistan, a multinational with deep roots in the country. We serve the everyday needs of all consumers everywhere for foods, hygiene and beauty through branded products and services that deliver the best quality and value. Our bands capture the hearts of consumers through outstanding communication Through managing a responsive supply chain, we maximize value from suppliers to customers We are exemplary through our commitment to business ethics, Safety, Health, Environmentalist and involvement in the community.

 

Product Review
A comparison of cost price with sale price of Products in product line. Surf Excel Quantity 25 grams 50 grams 115 grams 500 grams 1000 grams 2000 grams Cost Price in Rupees 4.7 9.5 19 110.50 199.50 385 Sale Price in Rupees 5 10 20 115 210 405

Unilever Products B.C.G Matrix

Star

Question mark

Ponds skin cream

Cash cow

Surf Excel Sun silk Shampoo

Dog

Lifebuoy Shampoo

  Surf Excel: Surf Excel is a product of Unilever which is at growth stage as it has large market. In Market Surf Excel 50 grams has huge market share with respect to other Sashes. While demand of 500 grams is very low.50 grams is facilitating the class B and Lower B. And 500 grams are facilitating the Class A and Class B+.

A Review of Competition Ariel
  History When we talk about “P & G” then question arises what stands for it, basically it stands for “Proctor & Gamble”. Basically it came into existence in 1837 in queen city of west. William Procter quickly established himself as a candle maker. James Gamble apprenticed himself to a soap maker. Soon they started to work combine in 1837, a bold new enterprise was born: Procter & Gamble. On April 12, 1837, William Procter and James Gamble start making and selling their soap and candles. On August 22, they formalize their business relationship by pledging $3,596.47 apiece. The formal partnership agreement is signed on October 31, 1837. They are also in the process to facilitate on the base of providing washing powder.

Need Use for the purpose to wash the cloths Customer Benefit Ariel is associating the brand with customer on the bases to give them superior quality and makes the ground for customer to provide a theme which cause to have happiness. TARGET MARKET OF ARIEL Ariel has adopted the strategy of market aggregation. ARIEL target market includes Middle Class, Upper Middle Class and Upper Classes of the population of Pakistan. The Ladies of Pakistan who are very conscious about their family. MARKETING POSITIONING Ariel is considered to be a trusted and premium brand of Pakistan. Procter and Gamble is positioning their product in the best of their customer satisfaction. As charging money they are positioning their product as best use as well as providing quality in response. They are focusing on the quality and they are also in a motive to facilitate the customer as providing a whole range which they can.

Price Comparison with different Players
   Brand Name Surf Excel Ariel Brite Express Power Bonus Quantity 1000 grams 1000 grams 1000 grams 1000 grams 1000 grams Price in rupees 210 210 170 125 60

A Review of Distribution

 

Distributors
Distributors are the institution through which availability of products is possible. Unilever’s distributors have a very good relationship with them. and the important thing is that they must integrated into total marketing mix because of time and money required to setup an efficient channel. Unilever has Six distributors in

Karachi which are as follow.

• Allied Marketing at North Nazimabad • Shahzad Brothers Enterprises at North Karachi • Sigma at Baferzone • Munner & Phips at Gulshan-e• Munner & Phips at Schon Circle • Munner & Phips at Gulistan-e-Johar   Iqbal

Market Potential
Detergent Market is growing by 16% intensively. At present Consumer prefer detergent on the base of quality. Pakistani Peoples are moving from rural areas to urban areas as life style is changing. Advertising is promoting the detergents by comparing the functionality of different detergents and laundry Soaps. Increase awareness of usage benefit of detergent.

SWOT Analysis

 Strengths Enjoying economies of scale Good will in the market Strong financial position Surf has become the generic name in detergents Have Strong distribution channel in Pakistan Abundant financial resources Well-known brand name Well brand image Committed employees

Weakness
Huge inventory stocks of raw material Weak spending on “R & D” Internal operating problems  

Opportunities
Rapid market growth Changing customers needs & wants as life style change To create relation with society on the social marketing basis Pakistan peoples moves from soap to detergent

Threats
There is very tough competition in detergents markets Low profit margins Smuggled brands of CHINA New competition in the market Increases in taxes Increases in prices due to fuel prices

   Objectives
The objectives of the Surf Excel is To meet the everyday needs of people everywhere – to anticipate the aspirations of consumers and customers and to respond creatively and competitively with branded products and services, which raise the quality of life. Total commitment to exceptional standards of performance and productivity, to working together effectively and to a willingness to embrace new ideas and learn continuously. To maintain highest standards of corporate behavior towards employees, consumers and the societies and world to acquire success. The major points are as fallows. Sales growth Revenue Market positioning Enhance Market shares Customer satisfaction

Goodwill & reputation

Issues
For Sales growth they need highly intensive distribution and strong promotions Unilever is facing competition from P&G as on the base of different brands market share Unilever has to maintain its difference from other brands as creating unique values , that others are not giving with core product. Sales growth is possible when product remain at fixed price for a specific time period and this depend on cheapest raw material handling and its transporting.

MARKETING STRATEGIES
TARGET MARKET OF SURF EXCEL Surf Excel has adopted the strategy of market aggregation. It is a product by Unilever. SURF EXCEL target market includes Middle Class, Upper Middle Class and Upper Classes of the population of Pakistan. Surf Excel target the SOCIAL ECONOMIC CLASS OF A, B+ AND B Surf Excel has the huge share from major cities.

Marketing Positioning
Surf Excel is considered to be a trusted and premium brand because of its unique association. Unilever is positioning their product in the best of their customer satisfaction which also differentiate from their competitors. They are creating environment for people to have a life easy chance. As regarding the image there is message for the peoples to avoid on the occasions to restrict “when kids are in situation of doing something extra ordinary”.

They are also positioning as considering the fact of Strong’s competition .So they are also focusing different type of facilities.

MARKETING MIX Product 
  In product some elements are involved which are Variety, Quality, Size, Features Brand Name, Packaging and Services.   Varity Surf Excel is at present situation available in two varieties. • Surf Excel • Surf Excel Matic   Quality Surf Excel quality is very popular among the peoples as Dominating the washing powders markets in Pakistan for four decades; Surf has continued to change according to consumer needs. Since the brand has undergone numerous product quality improvements to offer best cleaning results.    Brand Name Surf Excel is not only the product for washing the cloths but also it has created the relation ship with customers as making grounds to promote their kids. Surf Excel is the brand that is targeting the peoples through believes and values. There fore they define there product on the basis of some relating activities. As regarding the image there is message for the peoples to avoid on the occasions to restrict “when kids are in situation of doing something extra ordinary”.

Parents should encourage them.  Size Surf Excel is available in different quantities which are as follows 25g, 50sg, 115g, 500g, 1kg and 2kg.

 

Price
  Here the firms have to consider many factors for determining the price. • Selecting the price objective • Analyzing competitors costs, • Prices and offers. • Selecting a pricing method.   Price is simply the cost plus profit of the firm. There are many competitors in the market. So the firms have to consider about the competitive price while selecting new price and schemes.  

Basic Method of Setting Prices
Unilever is using the following methods for price setting.

Price to Distributors
The company provides products to the distributors for the prices decided keeping in view the cost, the target revenue and competitors prices. All distributors are being equally treated.

Prices Charged by Distributors to Retailers
Unilever gives margin of certain percentage to distributors so in this way prices to be charged by distributors to retailers are fixed.

Prices Charged by Retailers to Ultimate Consumers
Company influences prices charged by retailers. So retailers are bound to charge fix price to ultimate consumer

How to set the price of the product
Prices are set by taking into consideration into the prices of the competitors. • As there products are highly quality .so usually they charge high prices. Such like Unilever set low price for Wheel Washing Powder in past. And they are charging price of surf Excel on the base of its quality. Prices are set by taking into consideration • What Customer believe for high price & high quality. • There price are high because they believes in zero defects. • They charge different prices to registered and unregistered retailers. • Prices are set by taking into consideration the size, type of product.

List prices of surf excel
Surf Excel Quantity 25 grams 50 grams 115 grams 500 grams 1 000 grams 2000 grams Price in rupees 5 10 20 115 210 405

Discounts
A quantity discount is price reduction to those who buy large volumes. This is given to increase company sales. So that firm can have more revenues. However Unilever is allowing 1% discount to distributors & whole sellers on purchase of Surf Excel of worth Rs 600.

Discounts on payment period
It is a price reduction to buyers who pay their bills promptly. A typical example is 2 /10 net 30. Which means payment is due within 30 days and buyer can deduct 2 % by paying the bill within 10 days. But Unilever is not offering such discount. They are dealing on cash basis.

Functional discounts
These are also called trade discount which is offered by this particular firm. It will be given to those who perform certain function Such as storing, selling book keeping. Surf Excel has own agent or Book keepers. Helium VRCB is company which is performing such actions as referring by Unilever

Credit terms
Unilever is not operating on the basis of credit terms. The purchaser has to pay the amount within one day. But listed parties such as Abdul Hameed store, AlGhosia store and Rana store are being facilitating on 7 days credit.

  

Place
  Registered office
Avari plaza, Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi.

Rahim Yar Khan Factory
Unilever Pakistan limited Laghari road Rahim yar khan Channels Unilever is focusing on the indirect marketing channels where they sell surf excel through retailers. Consumer Retailer Distributor Company

  Locations As on the basis of Surf Excel Unilever is focusing on all areas through which it is possible to cover different classes needs. That’s why Unilever products are available at general stores as well as departmental stores, e.g.: Akbari store, Al Fatah & Decent departmental store. Coverage Unilever aims to create a long term relationship with customers so they belief that this objective will be only fulfill, if they have system to handled the markets needs as to reach the product on all areas where its target market exist. Shelf Spacing Surf Excel is being position in different departmental store on the base of taking the a specific area among other brands. For this purpose Unilever is paying 2 million rupees to Alfatah store as acquiring 40 % area in the detergents. Assortments This term refer the situation where products are to be maintain on the basis of grading, However Unilever product (Surf Excel) is reliable. Inventory As Unilever mostly products are convenience product. So they have to maintain their position strong as contains the inventories in huge amounts. Through which it will be possible to facilitate the market on times as placing it after every two days.  

Promotion
Promotion consist of a diverse collection of incentive tools, mostly short term, designed to stimulate quicker and greater purchase of particular product/services by consumer as the trade. Unilever Pakistan Limited places their products in local as well as in foreign market. They export directly and indirectly. Unilever promote their products through media, and other trade incentives to distributors and wholesalers.

ADVERTISING STRATEGY MEDIA USE
Unilever Pakistan Limited use radio, TV and Billboards and newspapers for advertising purposes.

FACTORS FOR DECIDING MEDIA STRATEGY
Which one is more effective? Cost benefit More access

PROMOTION CAMPAIGN

“INAM HI INAM DOSTI KAY NAM”
From November 2 , 2008 To January 31 , 2009
Promotional activities provides chance to company to communicate with the potential parties to “Beat the drum” about it products. In this scheme company gives the points to whole sellers on the purchasing of Rupees 200. Schedule is as follows.    

Brand Surf Excel Surf Excel Surf Excel Surf Excel Surf Excel Surf Excel

SKUs 25 50 115 500 1000 2000

Purchasing 200 200 200 200 200 200

Points 10 10 10 16 16 16

The company sets up the store displays and sales officers make sure that items displayed are properly arranged so that they can look attractive on eye contact level. There fore Surf Excel is being shown on the hangers of the stores as in return of charges for it.

Promotion methods
Advertising.
Newspaper: Jang and Naway Waqt are being used for advertisement in front page. Television: All nationwide channels are being used to run the campaign of Surf Excel. Unilever has to pay the huge amount for it as advertise through different channels, e.g.: ATV & PTV.

ATV
Advertising Tariff With Effect From 01 July, 2007 Time Slot Rates per Minute 07:00am - 03:59pm25,000+GST 04:00pm - 05:59pm50,000+GST 06:00pm - 06:59pm75,000+GST 07:00 pm - 09:59 pm 100,000+GST 10:00pm -11:59 pm50,000+GST 12:00am - 06:59 pm15,000+GST   Radio: FM 100, FM 103 and FM 106.2 is now a days being used. Road display: Bill Boards such like at Shahra-e-Faisal & Karsaz is being used where a kid is showing the functionality & Purpose of Surf Excel.

Sales promotion
Incentives: Last year Surf Excel was sell as giving 1kg mango on the base of purchasing of 1kg Surf Excel at selected areas such as Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Samples: Surf Excel is well known brand therefore there is no need to promote it by samples.

Personal selling
Order takers: Company has employees who perform the activity of order taking from different areas to facilitate the retailers. There usually one day company performs the activity of order taking and very next day they deliver the Surf Excel to the destination. Stalls: Company arranges their stalls in the exhibition at which the products are displayed.

Public relations
Through Events: Surf Excel is creating the relation ship with peoples as associating as considering the kids importantly because they know that when they will capture the feelings of the kids they have the strong grounds as this segment is more favorable. Surf Excel game masti is a chain of public relations which held over year. Last year it was hold at Race Course Park. Now a days there are focusing on making new playgrounds as demanding 1Re on 1 kg packet.

Competitive strategy 
Competitive strategy
In competitive strategy there are some sort of pressure on you, which have, you must the capability to face it like they are Pressure of Buyers: When there is a lots of sellers lying in the market then buyer has power to influence.  

Pressure of Suppliers: One supplier for a company can exploit the company. There fore Surf Excel has 3 Suppliers for the purpose to bargain with them effectively. Threats of Substitutes: In the detergent market people have choices as they can take Surf Excel and Ariel alternatively. Threats of new entrance: New coming brands of China and other smuggled brands are huge threat for Surf Excel. As concern of competitive strategy the organizations really should focus on following of three strategies

Differential strategy when we see towards the “Unilever” they have
really provide the good quality products to the consumers like packing and beautiful appearance with beautiful colors and images as well as Unilever focusing on best quality of Surf Excel as charging the premium on it.

Cost leadership strategy as concern of matter with the “Unilever” they
have really adopted such techniques, which shows that they have really focused on the cost minimization through adopting different techniques & new modern technologies.

Focus strategy as concern of matter with the “Unilever”. It is a multinational company so they focus the market segments and put totally their intentions to major segments.
 

 

Budget
Per kg revenue is 230 and variable cost is 150 While consumption will be 96000 tons.

There fore break even will be = (96000/230-150)*1000 = 1200000

Controls
Company deals only in those products that are profitable. If there is any indication that any product is not profitable company analyzes the reasons and step are taken to overcome the reasons. For this purpose Unilever concern with marketing research firm Aftaab Associates for marketing research to gain the information about trend of market. Company also takes into consideration the welfare of the consumers. It takes into account the taste and habits of the consumer. There fore company has finished the production of Wheel Washing Powder in past.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Discussion with Muhammad Imran (Territory manager) Discussion with Adnan A.Butt (Sales Supervisor) CONSUMER SURVEY Economic survey of Pakistan

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