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Branding on Durex

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Introduction

Middlesex University Researching and Presenting Winter 2009 Branding (Durex Condoms) 4th December 2009 Name: Sandra Sze Hwui Yap Student Number: M00281193 Tutor's Name: Malcolm Clay Word Count: 1661 (2nd Draft) Contents Executive Summary Introduction 1 Marketing History 2 Brand Equity 3 Brand Value 4 Brand Identity/Image 6 Brand Awareness 7 Conclusion 7 Recommendations 8 References 9 Executive Summary This report gives a brief history of the branding strategy of Durex condoms. Firstly, the brand equity discusses about the key competitors, the market segmentation geographically and demographically. The brand value evaluated the intangible values and also the functionality of Durex condoms. Besides that, the brand identity examines the name, logo, range of product, packaging, advertising and the price of Durex condoms. The brand awareness then discusses about the awareness of the brand worldwide and also the misunderstanding of the name DUREX. The "conclusion" then concludes the aims of the research and also provided answers to the research question. Lastly, the "recommendations" explains about recommendations on how to improve further for the future of the brand. Introduction The branding strategy of Durex condom whose name was derived from Durability, Reliability and Excellence started in 1929 when the London Rubber Company (LRC) registered the trademark and began selling in public areas in 1980. Branding may be defined as a procedure involved in inventing a special label and image for a certain product through consistency in creative advertising campaigns or creation of a theme in the consumer's mind. ...read more.

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where 19% of the population uses the birth control pill and 8% uses the natural methods and the rest, uses no contraception methods. Indirect competitors, which are substitutions such as the birth control pill and the natural method are then negligible. Moving on to the market segmentation, geographically, although Durex is a worldwide company, Europe (69.5% of sales), America (18.6%) and Asia (11.9%) are the company's main market. Durex condoms are available in supermarkets, pharmacy, free-standing outdoor vending machines and in other public areas like pubs and clubs. The selection of products are different depending on the retail outlets where classical condoms are sold in public area and supermarkets whereas a wider range of Durex products can be found in pharmacies. Demographically in general, the targeted customers are to various social class and age group. However, Durex appears to be more focused on the younger crowd, 16-24 year olds. 3 There are two main reasons why where firstly, this population are among the highest condom users, so through advertisements and sponsorships, Durex is targeting around 60 million 16-24 year olds to pull and grasp their brand loyalty, it has been revealed by the Durex's market developers (2002), that " once recruited, brand loyalty among users is extremely strong". Finally, even though it is targeted to every social class but the price of Durex condoms may favour the upper middle class with higher incomes. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although it is more expensive as compared to other brands, Durex is more durable and reliable. Brand Awareness The brand awareness of Durex is incredibly immense worldwide because 6 out of 7 people are aware of the brand and has some knowledge about the brand. However, for some people, the name Durex is mistaken to mean Durable Latex, During Sex or Durability and Sex. Conclusion As a conclusion to the brand analysis, Durex intends to portrait a serious image with some humour to some extend which is related to the advertising and the website. Durex has a wide range of products as brand extension and is not only focused on condoms. Durex is also mostly targeted to the younger group which includes 16-24 year olds. 7 Recommendations Despite the fact that Durex intends to portrait a serious image, it is recommended that a slight use of humour should be used on the packaging instead of dull and unattractive fonts. Durex should also create a more distinctive and unique design in terms of packaging to ease the decision making among other products on large shelves. In terms of brand expansion, a menthol mouth spray would be popular among the young generation and it would fit the values of Durex such as durability, safety, reliability, fun and trendy. Moving on the price of Durex condoms, Durex should launch a new range of cheaper Durex brand condoms for first time users and the inexperienced people with the aim to pull them to the higher range condoms in the future. ...read more.

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