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Altoids Media Plan

Table of Contents


Executive Summary..Page 3

Situational
Analysis...Page 4

SWOT Analysis......Page 8
Marketing
Goals...Page 9
Target Audience.....Page 10

Media Usage...Page
11

Media Objectives...Page 12

CreativePage
13

Media Strategy.......Page 14

Media Execution.....Page
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Promotions..Page
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Budget..Page
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Websites..Page
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Appendix.....Page
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Executive

Summary









Altoids has been third in the breath mint market for many years now.
Although their brand name is well known throughout the world, their new
goal is now to increase their sales by 20%. This will be done through adding
more emphasis onto the advertising budget and increasing the number of
media used. With an increase in advertising focus, it will be easier to take
market share from other companies because the Altoids name will be
spread through a media mix reaching the desired target audience of women
ages 35-54.
Our advertising team will run a pulsing campaign that will start in
January and end in December. The pulsing will be heavy in the first two
months of the year with 4 additional months being an average pulse and the
last 6 months being low months.

Through the goals we have made and the creative strategies we


have come up with, we believe that we can help Altoids reach a shark of
market goal of 28% which would bring Tic Tacs (a competitor) down to third
in the nation and bring Altoids up to second in the breath mint categories.
With an increase in share of spending to 16.9%, Altoids has great potential
to reach second in national breath mints.
We also believe that within the year we can increase the brand
awareness goal to 45% rather than the 35% they had last year. This will be
done through budgeting the advertising media into 5 different categories.

Situational Analysis


History

Altoids were first introduced in 1780 when Smith Kendon, founder of Smith & Co.,
developed
an exceptionally strong lozenge known as Altoids mints. The mints were originally

created
to
relieve
intestinal discomfort as well as bad breath.


Over the years Altoids changed ownership. The company Callard and Bowser bought out
Smith & Co. and was the first company to own Altoids. It wasnt until 1918 that Altoids became
in America. The lozenges were marketed as curiously strong and claimed to help rid
popular
in the stomach. Beginning in the 1920s, Altoids were sold in metal tins rather than the
poisons
cardboard
box they had been previously sold in. This really added to the peppermints charm.


Callard and Bowswer was then sold to Terrys of York in 1982, which was later taken over
by Kraft/Phillip Morris in 1993. In 2004 Wrigley of Chicago bought the Callard and Bowser brand

from Kraft for almost $1.5 billion. Wrigley has since been added to the Mars company, which was
in 1932. Today Altoids is the third most popular brand within the breath mint category.
formed



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Situational
Analysis

Share of Market

Mars Inc.s
market share is nearly half

(47.4%) in the overall gum, mints, and breath fresheners
category. The company dominates in gum (54.7% sugarless, 67% regular) and mints (33.5%),
but takes third place in breath fresheners (18.5%), falling behind The Hershey Co. (39.5%) and
Ferrero USA Inc. (27%)

Situational Analysis

Past and Current Advertising



The Altoids
brand has a classic reputation when it comes to their advertisements. The brand

represents
itself as the original mint. Altoids have Curiously Strong Facts inside the packaging of

the mints.
Nearly
all Altoids previous spenditures have been in traditional print media. Altoids has

had little digital presence in the past in their advertising. Currently Altoids has created TV

commercials representing the classic old English style on their advertisements.


Competition


Some of the most popular contemporary brands of freshening mints include:
Tic Tacs
Ice Breakers
Life Savers
Certs
BreathSavers


Situational
Analysis

Share
of Sales

Altoids
competition based on last years sales:
Ferrero USA Inc.s Tic Tac, which had the highest sales of $172 millions,
Hersheys Ice Breakers who was second in sales with $130 million.
Altoids was third in US sales with $97 million, and has a strong potential to catch up to
its competitors. Based on historical analysis, Altoids has been outspent by top
competitors in the past. For example, Ice Breakers has spent between $30-50MM per
year range, far exceeding Altoids spend.

Share of Spending

Altoids competition based on last years spending:






SWOT
Analysis


Strengths:

Established reputation

Iconic and unique packaging
Premium quality
High brand awareness
One of the most effective breath enhancers among its competitors
Weaknesses:

Many are unfamiliar with various flavors offered
Out-dated
Packaging is not easy to carry

Opportunities:

Money Savers: Last longer than normal mints
History in comfort: They were originally made to reduce stomach discomfort
Confidence: Fresh breath can always be a confidence booster

Threats:
Their competitors are constantly updating flavors, changing up their design, and keeping
up with modern advertising trends
The tin containers can leave dust on fingers

Altoids has had little digital presence in the past

Over 20 other brands of breath mints

Market Goals

As one of the top bad breath relievers in the nation, Altoids are now on the rise and
been estimated to increase by 55.2% by 2020 along with other breath fresheners alike
have
(Mintel).
In order to accomplish this estimated goal, we believe Altoids must increase their

distribution
in order to take second when it comes to Share of Market. This would bring their

share of market goal to 28% and their brand awareness goal to 45% rather than the 35% they

had last year. The share of spending goal has also been set to 16.9%. This percentage was

decided
by taking the total dollars spent in breath mints last year from all the different

competitors
and diving Altoids budget of 25,000,000 by that total.











Target
Audience

Altoids primary target audience reflects the companys ability to target a niche group within the
breath freshening mint market. Altoids current marketing strategies results in a target audience

of predominately
white women between the ages of 45-54. Listed below are the specific traits

and demographics
of women that are most likely to purchase Altoids with Mediamark Research
Index numbers and psychographics found from Mintel to support choosing of this target
audience.

Gender:
Women (Index:108)

Race:
Caucasian (Index: 100)
Age: 45-54 (Index: 115)



Occupation:
Professional and related occupations (Index: 117); Sales and office occupations

113)
(Index:

Location: Pacific-MKTG REGN (123) and South East (Index: 94)

Income:
$75,000- $150,000+ (Index: 139)

status: Married (Index:100)
Marital
Education: Post-Graduate (Index:124)

Children: 1 (Index:112) or 2 (Index: 103). Most likely between the ages of 6-17 (Index: 104)

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Media Usage




Psychographics


Cable T.V: (Moderate)
Magazines:
(Heavy)

ABC Family (Index:109)
People:
(Index: 112)
CNN (Index: 108)
Vogue
(Index: 166)

Food Network (Index:108)

Fox News Channel: (Index: 105)
Internet:
(Heavy)

HBO: (Index: 101)
Priceline (Index:153)

IMBD (Index:145)

Radio: (Moderate Heavy) (Index: 111)

Urban: (Index: 117)
Broadcast
T.V.: (Moderate)
CHR: (Index: 112)

Awards-Specials
(Index: 128)
Game
Shows - PrimeTime (Index:136)

Outdoor: (Moderate Heavy) (Index: 114)



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Media
Objectives

Based on the Ostrow Model (see appendix) and other research done for Altoids, the
suggested
reach and frequency that the company should put into place is much greater than

what it currently has.
The goal
is to use the pulsing method with a heavy to average pulse in November,
December, January, February, June, and September. These are the months of higher media

usage from our target audience.
These are the desired goals:

Reach Goals
National
Actual National Reach
Yearly:
Yearly: 65.0
78.0
Pulse: 83.0
Pulse: 70.0
National
Frequency
Goals
Actual National Frequency

Yearly: 3.0
Yearly: 2.5

Pulse: 3.5
Pulse: 3.0

Spot Reach
Goals
Actual Spot Reach
80.0
Yearly:
Yearly: 70.0
Pulse: 85.0
Pulse: 75.0
Spot Frequency
Goals
Actual Spot Frequency

Yearly:
Yearly: 3.0
2.5
Pulse: 3.0

Pulse: 3.5

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Creative



Positioning
Statement: We will position Altoids as a powerful mint, that is the perfect go-to
in any life situation.

Tagline:
Power through life. (Life can be replaced with different words such as: interviews,
hangovers, first dates, late nights, etc.)


Reasoning:
Altoids are very powerful mints. They are so powerful that they can give you an

extra push
when dealing with any life situation. That is why we chose the tagline: Power
life. The word life can be interchanged with different words based on the kind of
through
advertisement
on display. For example, an ad for Altoids on the strip in Las Vegas will be

Power
through
hangovers. An advertisement near a college campus would read: Power

through
late
nights.
Implementing this idea would give the audience the knowledge that

anything can be accomplished as long as they have that little, red tin in their pocket.





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Media
Strategy

The purpose of this campaign is to promote Altoids to women ages 35-54. We will due this

through pulsing. Through research we have found that our target audience likes to watch award shows.
This is one of our biggest focuses.
During the high months of January and February the target audience enjoys award shows such
as the Oscars, Emmys and Academy Awards. We find it important to advertise highly in January
leading to the award shows and also during the month of the award shows.
The average advertising months with be June, September, November and December. The
holidays are an important time to advertise due to the holidays and back to school in September. We
also chose June to be an average month to keep pulsing going throughout the year.
The low months will be March, April, May, July, August and October. In these months we will
still advertise. We will just keep it low so that then in the high months is creates a higher effect. We will
also keep website marketing high during the low months.
Spot Markets
1. Portland-Auburn, ME
2. New York, NY
3. Binghamton, NY
4. Macon, GA
5. Philadelphia, PA
6. Detroit, MI
7. Boston (Manchester), MA-NH
8. Savannah, GA
9. Pittsburgh, PA
10. Ft. Wayne, IN

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Media
Execution

Women make up 56% of the base market for
Altoids. Since most of the budget will go

toward website
advertising, weve created a list
of websites
we would like to target, based off
of the total
population and the index number.
They are:


1. ABCnews.com: Population 13,958:

Index
144

2. Amazon.com:
91,445: 116
3. CNN.com:

29,385:135
4. eHow.com:
16,460: 120

5. HuffingtonPost.com:
24,271: 143

6. Travelocity.com: 14,900: 143

7. Wikipedia.org: 53,256: 126

8. Wsj.com:
11,981: 138


As far as magazines, a list has been created of


magazines with the best base reader population to
index number ratio. These numbers are based off
of the total population that consumes Altoids. They
are:
1. Better Homes and Gardens: Population
37,361:Index 111
2. Consumer Reports: 13,676:138
3. Cosmopolitan: 15,716:138
4. Rolling Stone: 12,525:127
5. Time:16,300:127
6. Vogue:10,814:166
7. Business/Finance:33,857:123
8. Epicurean 39,391:126
9. Travel:15,162:129

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Media Execution



Cable has an index number of 103, meaning that 3% of homes
likely to be exposed to ads via Cable. Here are some
are more
of the top cable channels to advertise on, based off of their

population
and index numbers:

1. BET: Population 22,328: Index 126

2. Bravo: 29,401: 114

3. Cooking Channel: 27,737: 115

4. Lifetime: 38,507: 116

5. Oxygen: 18,242: 119



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Promotions

the holiday season approaching, a big push to include Altoids as a stocking stuffer will
With

be made.
This will be the basis of the Christmas campaign.

Since
we desire Altoids to be bought consistently year-round and not just during the

holidays,
other
events will take place to promote the product, such as:



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1. Giveaways over social media

Altoids giving back to a charity-PR opportunity


Additional PR opportunity-Altoids will donate a certain amount of money to charity with
every can sold.
Trending hashtag- this can be included in competitions and giveaways
The Altoids containers showcasing designs from local artists periodically throughout the
year- create an art competition to gain notice.

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Budget

We
have set the 2017 budget to 25 million with a
plan to use a media mix that we believe will be highly

effective. Based on our research our target audience
uses the internet more than any other media. Due to
this fact, we have put 35% of our budget this year to

Internet/Websites.
Altoids
has had little digital presence in the past

and we believe
it is a key communication component for

success in the future. The other media methods will go
through a pulsing method throughout the year.

Broadcast TV and Magazines will be the second

highest form
of advertising at 25%. Since the target
audience is women we will be advertising mostly in
women's magazines, followed by general magazines
than mens
magazines. Broadcast TV is spent mostly
during nightly
news time for the working audience.

Cable TV at 10% and radio at 5% will be the tail

end of the advertising for Altoids. Simply to try to reach
more people.

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Budget

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Appendix







Established brands


High market share


Dominant brand
-.2
High loyalty brand


Long purchase cycle


Product used occasionally -.2













Simple copy



Copy more unique than comp.

Continuing [old] campaign

Product sell copy
-.2
Single kind of message

-.2
-.2
-.1
-.2
-.2
-.1

-.2
-.2
-.2
-.1
-.2
To avoid wear out: new messages -.2
Larger ad units

-.2






Ostrow Model

Marketing Factors That Affect Frequency

-.1
+.1
+.2

New brands
-.1
+.1
+.2

Low market share
+.1
+.2

Smaller, less known
-.1
+.1
+.2

Low brand loyalty
-.1
+.1
+.2

Short cycle, high volume
+.1
+.2

Product used daily

+.1
+.2

Need to beat competition

+.1
+.2

Adv. to older consumers/children
Copy Factors That Affect Frequency

-.1
+.1
+.2

Complex copy
-.1
+.1
+.2

Copy less unique than comp.
-.1
+.1
+.2

New copy campaign
+.1
+.2

Image type copy
-.1
+.1
+.2

More difficult kinds of messages
-.1
+.1
+.2

Older messages
-.1
+.1
+.2

Small ad units

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Lower ad clutter in media mix

Compatible editorial environ.

Attentiveness (to media) high

Continuous schedule campaign

Few media used in media mix

Opport. for media repetition


















-.2
-.2
-.2
-.2
-.2
-.2

Continued Ostrow Model








Media Factors That Affect Frequency

-.1
+.1
+.2

Higher ad clutter in media mix
-.1
+.1
+.2

Non-compatible environment
-.1
+.1
+.2

Attentiveness (to media) low
-.1
+.1
+.2

Pulsed or flighted campaign
-.1
+.1
+.2

Many media used
-.1
+.1
+.2

Fewer opportunities

Totals
Marketing Factors That Affect Frequency: 0
Copy Factors That Affect Frequency: -0.4
Media Factors That Affect Frequency: -0.1
0+-0.4+-0.1= 2.5 Frequency
70 x 2.5= 175 GRP

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Tana Bolinger

Kathryn Hyer

Calli Sprenkle

Courtney Black

Emmaline Neubert

Ariel Vogan

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