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Moov- Backache Baadshah

Dr Amit Rangnekar
NMIMS
Paras Pharmaceutical Prods
 Estd 1959 by N A Patel, initial investment Rs 7000
 Shifted HQ to Ahmedabad in 1984

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 Stopache, only moderately successful product then

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 Unerringly located consumer’s pulse time & again

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preferences
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 Innate gut feel for consumer’s requirements &

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 Current Chairman Girish Patel’s (GP) favourite

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spare time activity- To sit behind chemist counters
incognito & get hands-on feedback from
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consumers.
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Current Status
 5P strategy- product, price, positioning,
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packaging & promotion
 “Most Paras products have been formulated
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based on the perceived needs and requirements
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of the common man” GP
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 2006- 23% stake taken by Actis, Valuation of
Paras Pharma- Rs 750 crores,

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 No 3 Indian company in FMCG (Nirma, Dabur)

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 D’Cold, Itchguard, Crack, Dermicool, Livon - all
blockbusters
 2004- Moov 60 Crores, growing and with a
national presence
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Moov

 Moov launched in 1986


 Objective- Establish a national presence for PPL
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 Innovation- Moov rewrote the rules of the game
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by packaging in a contemporary, international
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pack - a tube with a carton – and a feminine
colour to appeal to the Indian woman.

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'Rubs' or 'Balms' Market

 Rubs and balms market in India Rs 470 Cr


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(ORG 2003).
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 Mid 1980s- Iodex, Amrutanjan, Zandu, Relaxyl
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dominate
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 Positioning of top brands- as Multipurpose
products
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Research findings
 13% of Indian homes resort to 'Rubs' or 'Balms'
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 Majority of body aches- related to the back
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 Women more prone to backache
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 Lower backache suffering- perpetual

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 People ignore backaches - believing it would go
away automatically
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 but backaches almost always return with more

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aggravating pain

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Moov- Strategy
 Vision- Ensure presence in every Indian home,
serve as a true friend
 Segment- Pain
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 Target segment- Backpain
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 Target audience- The middle-class Indian
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housewife
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 Rationale- Decision-maker, key influencer

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 Positioning- Focus, than follow the leader

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 Occupy the vacant position- Backache
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 Position as- 'The Backache Specialist‘
 Differentiation- Lamitube, Stain free, Counter-
irritant, More for same
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Promotion
 Invest in creating awareness about seriousness
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of backaches
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 Focus on the 'backache specialist‘
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 1993- Advertising re-launch established it firmly

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as the backache specialist

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 1997- Consolidation leadership
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 Consumer research into aches, pains & the
emotional trauma helped redefine & reposition in
sync with the changing times
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Result
 Niche backache market, grown into a major
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segment
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 Synonymous with relief from backache
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 Enjoys a sense of belonging with the Housewife
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 People reach out for Moov when pain strikes
 Acceptability led to extension into men’s segment

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 Moov grew by over 4000% (40 times), from MS of

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0.3% (1988) to 2%(1993) to 9% (1997) to
11%(1999) to 12%(2001) to13% (2004)
 Exports to 20 countries across the world
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Late 1990s
 Moov, perceived by consumers as a leader
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 Need to broaden its consumer base, without
diluting the ‘backache’ focus ek
 1999- Identify target consumer groups through
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research
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 Gather further insights into the Indian housewife
& deepen understanding of its core consumer
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 Focus- Physically active adult

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Moov 5 gm economy pack (2000)

 Concerns- Low household category penetration


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 Increase penetration to access large section of
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 Reach- Availability with 95% chemists nationally
including micro interiors
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 2 years post launch, 18 million units of 5 gms
pack sold
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2001
 Target- The physically active adult, but retain
the housewife as core
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 Research- fresh insights on a housewife’s
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values, routine, dreams, unmet needs
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 New brand positioning- Strengthen the
housewife bond by becoming her inner voice

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 Research finding- Backaches driven by

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 Sedentary & stressful lifestyles
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 Faulty postures while sleeping / riding bikes/
driving/ accessing computers
 State of the roads
 Backaches afflict all at some point in time
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Advt
 'Rama ki aah' set in
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a joint family set-up,
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dramatised a
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housewife’s tireless
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commitment

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towards her highly

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Moov spray (2002)

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2002- Moov spray (aerosol) launchedk

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 Communication target- Male
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'Jab koi na ho saath' Ra
 Exploited the occasion-based usage positioning-

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(When you are alone

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application of an ointment is inconvenient'),

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Help overcome sense of helplessness, enhance

brand image
 Perceived as instant relief
 1 million cans in 2 years
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2002
 Established Moov as a
means to reunite the
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family & an indispensable
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remedy for her backache
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‘Indispensable' captured
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in a new tagline,
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 “Aapke ghar mein kaunR
rehta hai?”
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Kamardard ya Moov?'
 (Who lives in your house?
Backache or Moov?)
 The communication graduated Moov from a pain
reliever to a housewife's soul mate
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2002

 Moov- synonymous with relief from backaches


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 Research revealed infrequent usage among
current users as women often tolerated ek
backaches
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 Strategy- Make Moov a regular habit

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 Link communication to relief & rest and
encourage consumers to use Moov often
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2003

 Research revealed housewives using Moov on


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more occasions than earlier
 One pack of Moov sold every second
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 If all 25 gm packs of Moov sold since inceptionn
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were placed one on top of the other, they would

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be 1,935 times the height of Mount Everest
 The total tonnage of Moov sold to date is

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equivalent to the weight of twelve Boeing 747s

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 The total number of Moov packs sold to date
would cover the earth's diameter more than twice

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Product

 Estimates- Between 50-80% of the world's


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population suffer from backache
 Backache, probably the most frequent cause for
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discomfort & if left untreated, could become chronic
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 Specialised 100% ayurvedic medicine

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 Active ingredients- Oil of wintergreen, tarpin oil,
nilgiri oil & mint flowers to provide a 'soothing
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warmth' to relieve pain

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 Differentiate through innovation & packaging
 Range- 25gm regular pack,15gm up-graders pack,
50gm family pack for joint families, 5gm economy
pack, Moov spray
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Promotion

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1993- Each element of brand & communication mix defined to

deliver a credible relief process
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 'Aah se aha tak', ('from pain to relief)

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 1997 Research- Consumers considered heat as integral to

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 Positioning- 'Chain ki garmahat' (soothing warmth)

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 Communication- slice-of-life situations
 One woman's brand conviction converts another to use

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 Highlight ‘non-staining’ as benefit in separate communication
 Incur large ad spends (50 crore / 20%+)
 Shrewd media buying
 Aggressive TV advertising, based on market research, & a
deep understanding of consumer
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Branding
 Invest in branding, keep introducing new brands
 Effectively use key research insights on target
segment, consumers, trade & competition
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 Focused communication created brand loyal
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housewives in a market with fickle loyalties
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 Illustrated how OTC brands can be built and
sustained through advertising where speed and
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agility lead to competitive advantage, and not size
and reputation
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Place
 Factory to depots (every state) to wholesalers
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/stockists to retailers, primarily chemists
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 "Expanding coverage to grocery outlets / malls isk
crucial, otherwise there will be considerable
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wastage in advertising“ Darshan Patel

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 1,200 additional stockists to broaden distribution
coverage in interior markets

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 Salesmen recruited to directly book orders from

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grocery shops to expand channel coverage
 2004- Reach of 700,000 retailers

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Packaging
 Innovative packaging- Lamitubes, 5gm
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 Focus on value, convenience and choice
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 Paras has successfully fought the onslaught of
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the market majors and emerged as a significant
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player by investing in packaging innovation
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Positioning Insights
3 pronged positioning approach
 Focus on key segment- Positioned as back pain
reliever, not for general pain
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 “Iodex & Boroline lost out on their market shares
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essentially due to the complacency that had crept into
their marketing. Iodex introduced many new products
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worldwide, but in India continued as the smelly black
pain balm for years” GP
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 Offer better solutions than existing- specialised back

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pain relief in a non-messy and non-staining tube

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 “There is never a perfect solution, there can only be a
better one, which we strive to perfect” GP
 Value for money: “More for the same price” a strategy
followed with remarkable success
 Moov priced competitively but provided more quantity-
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Differentiation
 Moov non-stain lami-tube cream forced Iodex (SKB)
to change decades-old avtaar of the gooey black pain
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balm, in an unattractive black bottle packaging to the
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natty, happening- Iodex Power Cream
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 Boroline (GD Pharma) the antiseptic skin cream
leader, a sticky formulation that detered regular use.

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Non-sticky BoroSoft & BoroNatural creams, leaders

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 Nycil’s medical plank-‘bacteria cause prickly heat’,
positioned as a long term cure, but research showed

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consumers looked for "instant relief“. DermiCool
positioned as a powder that offered instant relief thro
a perceptible cooling sensation

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Differentiation
 Krack cream introduced for burns but
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repositioned for cracked heels. Research
showed women had high tolerance levels ek
and used Krack only when the cracks g n
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bled. Advertising changed to a preventive
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approach and volumes increased. By
2004, the prefered choice
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 Vicks range increased prices and became

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unaffordable. D’Cold launched at the
same price but with more quantity.

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Moov- Brand Values
 Brand identity- Reliable family friend
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 Core brand value of an 'up-lifter‘
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 Functional value proposition- relief
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 Emotional value proposition- trusted & dependable

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 Economic value proposition- more for less

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 Social driver- elevating the Indian housewife’s

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current status
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Critical Success Factors (CSF)
 Successfully & innovatively tapped the potential of
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ayurveda through extensive R&D
 Research focus- Consumer pulse
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 Innovative packaging
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 Product delivered on the promise of desired relief

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 Projected as a part and parcel of daily active life,

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reassuring users that an effective & immediate
pain-reliever was always within reach

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 Focused on backaches as specialist, others
addressed general body sprains, pains, aches
 The most preferred remedy for backaches,
extended to pains
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Quotes
 Paras CMD Girish Patel: "We've chosen
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markets where there is a strong no. 1 but no
strong no. 2“
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 HLL Executive, "Here's a marketing company
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that really understands the Indian consumer

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market. Their ability to exploit niches is quite
fascinating. It's a reasonably simple formula for
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success but surprisingly hard to imitate “
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 “OTC medicine marketers like Paras enjoy
higher profitability margins: 15-18% compared to
about 8-10% in ethical drugs” Dabur Executive

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Failures
 Stopache cream balm
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 Winter Shield, a petroleum jelly substitute
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 Freshia
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 D’Cold Clear
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2007
 1- Minute, Moov ki Maalish
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 From relief to preventive relief
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 Increase use (from pain to prevention)
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 Increase users (focus on family)
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 Increase usage (from 1 finger tip-full move
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to 10 finger tips-full maalish)
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