Didn't yo momma tell you that the instant you trade on price your brand equity's so low you'd have to climb up a ladder to get to the bottom? Has average gotten so bad that an airline thinks it can get to the head of the class by charging for your baggage? I don't know about you, but given the choice of no baggage charge versus a baggage charge, I'll choose free. Still sitting smug thinking their positioning strategies and messaging reaches captive business travelers, how long will it be before some airline wakes up to the magic of abstract creativity? Of positioning their stew as a soup you eat with a fork (Chunky Soup); of finding abstract selling solutions the way Pampers took 'fit & dryness' for granted (business travelers) and found that more diapers (and airline seats) can be sold on a 'developmental' brand platform? Hmmmm? United, "the developmental airline." What could they develop as a campaignable idea that would make all the charges worth it? Business relationships, personal relationships? There are so may Special User Effects still to fulfill - an airline (like American Airlines) could go a lot longer on one tank of creativity.
What do Folgers, Pampers, Tylenol, Coca-Cola and many other products all have in common?
Me! I perform extreme product makeovers for global marketing leaders: the world's top C-suite and line management teams dealing in products and categories with flat, stagnant or declining sales, delisted or new products and line extensions.
When's the time to perform an EXTREME PRODUCT MAKEOVER? Whenever someone notices product or category sales are slipping.
Course graduates Folgers, Pampers and Tylenol became "billion dollar" (US sales) CPG product lines. (Single lines that sell $1+ billion not brands of many lines). Others followed. Our least successful grad, Baked Lays sold $310 million in 10 months. To date, no one else in the US $2.4 trillion consumer package good industry has launched a single more successful product (Source: IRI).
Are your product or category sales slipping?