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Project on Dettol Soap Reckitt and Benckiser


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making us privileged enough to take part in such activities.

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cooperation made this project a lot much easier.

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Mr. Faisal razi, BRAND MANAGER (Reckitt Benckiser), who provided us with all the
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• For Bruises & Cuts

• Insect bites

• Washing of clothes

• Mopping of floors

• Shaving

• Bathing

• Cleansing of skin



Available in two sizes 75gm and 200 gm


A new product Dettol Multipurpose cleaner recently launched and added in the Dettol
family. Available in two variants floral and citrus. \



Soap is a major consumerable item and there is a huge demand and potential in this
market particularly the anti – bacterial segment. The anti bacterial market segment has
grown year on year by more than 7 % percent due to increased consumer awareness and
education on the benefits of anti-bacterial soaps. As a result, the pie is growing bigger
every year.

Some uncontrollable situational factors that are faced by the Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan
and Dettol soap are as follows,
 Demand: Although the demand for Reckitt Benckiser products is very high but when
we talk about the demand of the Dettol soap the demand is growing in the antibacterial
category. The market share of Dettol soap is more than 10 % in Pakistan out of the Rs 11
billion soap market.

 Competition: There was no direct competitor of Dettol soap at the time of launching but
today; two brands are directly competing Dettol. Safeguard (P & G) and lifebuoy
(Unilever) are direct competitors

 Legal/political: these are the uncertainties that are extremely variable in the political
conditions of Pakistan. Constant political instability does affect the company in terms of
building new relations with new governments all the time.

 Social and Cultural factors: the company has to be very careful in the implementation
of its promotional campaigns, since the social cultural environment of Pakistan is very
conservative and any suggestive advertisements usually face a lot of negative reactions
on the part of the consumer.

 Other factors: like the government regulations and technological advancements have
had no significant effect on the product and the company.


In the mind of the consumer, anti-bacterial soap should have the following:

A product whose core function is to clean skin, making it softer and smoother, while
leaving a feeling of freshness behind. Good perfume and foam combine to deliver this
freshness experience.

The key functional benefit is that it removes dirt, oiliness and other impurities from skin.

Germs are not top-of-mind for the average consumer, but are a function of Dirt and
disease. Research led us to know that consumers are largely unaware of the diverse
nature of ‘jaraseem’. They just know that Germs (jaraseem) are the bad guys. They don’t
know that there are different types of germs.

Different antibacterial competitors are trying to own a higher ground by building on

already present germ-kill equity. Like Dettol has given it’s slogan of “Dettol protects
against a wide range of unseen germs, including bacteria and viruses”

While safeguard is focusing on ‘Din Raat Lagataar Tahaffuz’ which is more powerful in
the mind of the consumer.

Lifebuoy is following the “germ buster’s” strategy.


The target market for Dettol soap is all households (primarily mothers) who can afford
buying soap and who want to fulfill an everyday need (primarily bathing) that provides
them and their family with a 100% anti-bacterial solution – complete protection from all
germs/ bacteria and cleanliness from dirt / grime.



The target markets analysis of Dettol soap is:-

Geographic location

Include almost all Urban; suburban; small town; and some rural areas of Pakistan


Gender Male; female mainly mothers

Age 18years to 45 years

Socioeconomic status

Mainly targeting middle class and upper middle class in urban and sub-urban areas –
primarily cities and surrounding areas. Rural market penetration is limited and is
primarily driven through indirect channels (e.g.Wholesale)


Young housewives and mothers who care about the health and well being of her family.



RB is conscious of the changing consumer needs and trends and is constantly conducting
market research to assess opportunities and threats. Quality of the product is the number
1 priority as well as research on new variants. The next planned variant is Dettol Herbal
soap. In addition, a new customer hotline has also been added to get instant feedback on
product use, problems and activities.


The soap market has been most affected by the recent sky rocketing price of palm oil
which is the primary ingredient of soap noodles. This has caused the average price of
soap noodles to increase by 20% - 25 % forcing producers (also RB) to increase prices of
their soap products by almost as much so as not to put excessive pressure on their
margins. This will undoubtedly result in decrease in soap sales volumes (higher prices
means less consumer off take) as well as disruption in the market due to several quoted
prices of the same product available resulting in dissonance in the wholesale and retail
markets as well as confusion in consumer buying decisions at the point of sale.


The overall soap market is growing by 10 % while the antibacterial segment is growing
by 7%. Hence, there is a lot of potential in the market for growth and additional brand
penetration and brand building.



• The brand’s Germ-kill heritage (brown liquid) is seen as strong and adds on
trustworthiness (RTB)

• Excellent for treating skin irritations, cuts/bruises and seasonal applications

• Brand comes from a reputable (old) company

• Loyal following of ‘Original’


• Not perceived as an ‘everyday soap’ due to:

 Smell - strongly associated with hospitals

 Is harsh on skin – makes skin dry

 Does not make satisfying lather

 Shape not user-friendly

• No awareness of variants

• No perceived as a dynamic, innovative and contemporary brand

• Low Top-of-Mind recall: Communication not engaging

Leverage the powerful brand equity associated with the Dettol Brand to make Dettol
Soap an everyday use proposition.


Other main players in the antibacterial soap category (Safeguard and Lifebuoy) have
positioned their brands for everyday use against bacteria – Dettol soap positioning lacks
that desired everyday benefit and experience!


Here is a brief description about the antiseptic soap producing companies

Dettol soap is a brand of Reckitt Benckiser Pak Ltd and it has been operating in Pakistan
since 1999 after taking over from Reckitt & Colman. Market share of Dettol soap in the
soap market is around 10% at the end of December 2007.

The Dettol soap users have the perception that it is effective in germ kill with the
medicinal smell of Dettol liquid which is used for Bruises & Cuts, Insect bites, washing
of clothes, Mopping of floors, Shaving, Bathing and Cleansing of skin and used mostly
during summers. Its functional core need is incidental antibacterial.

Safeguard® is the No. 1 antibacterial soap worldwide; it is the only bar soap registered
with the FDA. Safeguard is designed to provide excellent germ protection for the whole
family. Safeguard, launched in 1995 by Procter & Gamble has set new standards for
defining "health & hygiene" in Pakistan. It is an anti-bacterial soap that provides germ
protection for twice as long as ordinary soaps making it the doctors' number 1
recommended choice throughout the world. The market share of safeguard is the biggest
in antiseptic soap category with 22 % share. Safeguard users have the perception that it is
providing them with Continuous Germ Protection, Gentle on skin, Smells Good, has a
easy to grasp shape and the functional needs portrayed is of an everyday soap with germ

Lifebuoy is one of Unilever's oldest brands. Lifebuoy Royal Disinfectant Soap was
launched in 1894 as an affordable new product in the UK, to support people in their
mission for better personal hygiene. Lifebuoy soap aims to provide affordable and
accessible hygiene solutions that enable people to lead a life free from hygiene related
worries, everywhere, regardless of the boundaries of nationality, religion and socio-
economic status. Lifebuoy has a market share of 16 %. Lifebuoy users see the soap as a
decent quality, affordable germ protection agent containing carbolic acid as its germ
protection agent and its functional need portrays that it is an everyday soap with germ
protection for the middle and lower middle class.



Based on the competitive analysis, Reckitt Benckiser found out that there are a lot of
opportunities which will help the New Dettol soap capitalize a greater market share. New
Dettol Soap’s ability to gain real consumer insights, to launch products and variants that
consumers actually want, supported by insightful advertising that talks to consumers in
their own language, are all vital elements, which will lead to success of Dettol and the
New Dettol soap as a brand.

• Extensive Market Growth

• Market Penetration and Market Expansion.

• Achieving High Gross Margins

• High Customer Services and Satisfaction

• New Product Development and Entrepreneurship.


The product is offered in 5 variants (2 skus – 115 Gms and 70 Gms):

• Original: Contains essence of the Dettol antiseptic solution

• Skincare: Contains moisturizer for Skin care.

• Active: Contains Active cleaning agent for Active cleaning.

• Fresh: Contains Fresh scent for a Fresh feeling.

• Sensitive: Contains Skin-friendly ingredients for Sensitive skin.


Positioning Against Competitor

Dettol is positioned as a premium brand which the mother chooses for 100% protection
against all germs and bacteria for her family. The mother of the family is the focal point
for Dettol Soap positioning compared to Safeguard and Lifebuoy which focuses on

Positioning In Relation To Product Attribute:

The primary positioning vis a vis product attribute is that Dettol Soap has the essence of
Dettol Solution, the no. 1 antiseptic brand in the world trusted by families everywhere for
over a century – which its competitors do not posses. Hence, it is considered a premium
brand in the anti-bacterial segment.

Positioning by price and quality

As Dettol is a premium brand, it is priced at a premium to its competitors (Safeguard and

Lifebuoy). Being premium means there will be no compromise in quality as the link
between price and quality exists and customer is always willing to pay more for
perceived quality which in the case of Dettol soap, he/she does!



Price v/s non price competition

Dettol soap is priced at retail price of Rs. 38.00 (115 gms) and Rs. 26.00 (70 gms) which
is at a premium of Rs 3 and Rs. 2 to its competition (Safeguard and Lifebuoy).

Discounts and allowances

RB give a special trade offer on Dettol Soap of 2% during the summer season so as to
push to product into retail and an additional discount of 4 % to wholesalers to maximize
loading in the channel and improved distribution when demand (consumer pull) is

In addition, for the months of June to August – RB runs a special consumer promotion
pack of three Dettol Soaps (in one package) with a Rs. 19 price off on a purchase of three
soap bars.

Geographic pricing strategy

In pricing the seller must consider the cost of shipping. There are different geographic
strategies. But RB utilizes the uniform delivering pricing (the same delivering price
quoted to all buyers regardless of their location) for Dettol Soap



There are 2 primary channels of distribution for Dettol soap:

Distributors and sub distributors:

The company sells the products to its appointed distributors and sub distributors (+300 all
over Pakistan) that are responsible for the distribution of pre-defined geographical areas
who distribute it further to wholesalers and/or retailers. The retail distribution is further
classified into TOP STORES (TSP’s) which include all the high profile outlets like al-
fatah, HKB, Akbari stores etc and whole sale comprises of categories of diamond, gold
and silver divided on the based on their average purchase per month and from here the
product reaches the point of sale for the customer.

Direct Delivery (Key Accounts)

The company provides direct delivery to select large customers like institutional buyers
of key accounts which sell directly to the consumer (in case of USC and CSD) or to small
retailers / end-consumer (in case of MAKRO / METRO).


RB has an intensive distribution strategy of the product through its distributors that cover
every geographical area and who resell onwards to wholesalers and retailers. There is
also direct delivery service to key accounts (USC, CSD, MAKRO &METRO). Every
available channel is utilized for maximum distribution and coverage to all the
hypermarkets, supermarkets, general stores, kiryana stores and medical stores. The
company also has in place a RDF (rural development force) which is covering the rural
areas and exploring new markets for potential market penetration.


Consumer and biz product

Dettol soap is a fast moving consumer product.

Convenience good

It is an essential good vis-à-vis it’s target market, which is all households (primarily
mothers) who can afford buying soap and who want to fulfill an everyday need (primarily
bathing) that provides them and their family with a 100% anti-bacterial solution –
complete protection from all germs/ bacteria and cleanliness from dirt / grime.

Product mix

The five variants provide an ideal product mix in terms of consumer needs i.e. Original
with Dettol Solution, Skincare with moisturizer, Active with active cleaning agent, fresh
with fresh scent and Sensitive for sensitive skin. A new launch of Dettol Herbal Soap,
which takes the tally of soaps to six variants.

Unique Proposition that Dettol Herbal Soap has to offer is:

“The fundamental idea is that ordinary beauty soaps only offer aspects of beauty but what
healthy skin requires is both freedom from germs and the use of natural extracts;
something only offered by Dettol Herbal Soap which provides not only Maximum
Protection from germs but also contains Aloe Vera, Avocado oil and botanical extracts.”

Product line extension and uses

The product is used primarily for showering / bathing but is also used for hand washing.
A product line extension is Dettol Hand wash which is also available under the Dettol

Product Life Cycle

Since this is a Fast Moving Consumer Product, the average product life cycle of this
product (if used every day) is 30 days and 2 years if not in use (if stored in a cool and dry
location). The brand is entering from growth to maturity.



“Reposition Dettol soaps range as a preferred everyday use solution for the whole


• Announce new & improved Dettol soap.

• Protection against a wide range of unseen germs (including bacteria & viruses).

• Better experience (lather / perfume / feel-on-skin).

• Show all 5 variants of new Dettol soap.


Almost 135 Advertising agencies exist in market but Reckitt Benckiser has selected
Manhattan International Limited (MIL) Advertising Company because of their
outstanding work in Pakistani market.


Dettol soap is a Rs 1 billion brand annually and so the marketing budget allocated to it
approx 20 % of total Net revenue, not much resources have been allocated to Dettol soap
marketing efforts due to its squeezed margins and close competition with other
antibacterial soaps, it mainly derives its sales from the brand equity of Dettol liquid.

This is a summary section. Give a brief overview of your advertising, consumer

promotions, personal selling, sponsorship programs and database programs. Discuss the
relative mix of each of these components and how you will integrate them together into
seamless plan. This discussion should relate back to your Marketing Communication
Objective and how these methodologies will help in accomplishing the objective.

Different advertising rates of various media vehicles have been given in the appendix 1,
2, 3 and 4.


Television is still the primary medium for advertising for Dettol soap, and print also
forms a crucial part of the communications strategy. But increasingly campaigns are
integrated across all these communication channels. All advertisements of Dettol soap are
a blend of hard sell and soft sell advertising, as all the Dettol soap advertisements first
show the ingredient it contains (Dettol Antiseptic solution) and then portray the
emotional benefit for the user which revolves around the theme of a mother and children
in which the mother is the one who makes her family use Dettol soap as she is one who
decides what is best for her family in personal health, indicating that the target market of
Dettol soap are the health conscious mother’s of young children. The main model used in
almost all of the Dettol ad campaign is mahnoor baloch.

When it comes to advertising, DETTOL prefers TV because of their philosophy that;

“HEALTH AND HYGIENE ALWAYS COMES FIRST.” Thus TV is the best media, as
you can show how Dettol soap keeps you hygienically clean and protected and gives you
daylong protection from body odour. Apart from this, in Pakistan, TV is a strong
medium, it has highest reach. Thus a large part of advertising budget is focused on TV.

Dettol soap spends around 60 % of the TV advertising budget on all channels with high
rating points like PTV, PTV WORLD, GEO, ARY, INDUS VISION etc.

Dettol soap advertises highly in summer season i.e. mid of the year, as people prefer
frequent washes in such seasons to keep hygienically clean and long lasting protection
against body odour.


Dettol has devised a well approached media plan which covers almost all of the major
channels which are covered through high frequency spots on all (over 12 minutes per
channel per day!), with the Dettol soap ad showing in the headline news of geo and PTV.
Cable branding has also been carried out two major cities, in Karachi – world call
channel branding (72 spots/day) and in Lahore – cable spots (72 spots/day)
The new Dettol Herbal Soap TVC, which went on air from in August on GEO with two
spots of a 7 sec break bumper and a 30 sec full commercial every hour for two weeks.
With the Presidential Elections due and the political debate it instigated a serious viewer
ship and good exposure to Dettol Herbal Ad which helped in building the brand recall.


The radio ad has been derived from the TVC with air time on all mainstream channels in
Lahore and Karachi.


The next priority of DETTOL SOAP is Print media. Dettol soap has a very aggressive
approach in print advertising with the launch of the new Dettol soap ads appear in almost
all the leading newspapers around the country e.g. DAWN, THE NEWS, NAWAI-
WAQT etc. the print ad in given below clearing spelling out the message that Dettol soap
is daily usage soap for the whole family with a new formulation, which smell good, feels
goods on the skin and is available in 5 different variants.

Post Eid a print campaign for the NewDettol Herbal Soap was also launched and its
presence was seen on all highly circulated newspapers and monthly magazines.


Dettol soap also provides additional support by giving away various consumer
promotions to provide the consumer with the extra value benefit. The consumer
promotion introduced by Dettol soap was that on a purchase of three soaps the consumer
will get a saving of Rs 19. The consumer promotion is as under.

Another consumer promotion opportunity as a part of new product promotion and

sampling effort has been carried out at METRO stores in Lahore and Islamabad where a
free soap bar is being offered on a single purchase of the new product, Dettol MPC.


Dettol soap has also planned an in-store placement strategy to promote and market their
product so to have maximum visibility to the consumer; they have assigned dedicated
shelves to the product and are also promoting their product in metro and makro aswell.
Their placement strategy is mainly focused on
 Place Dettol Soap next to Safeguard

 Equal or more facing than Safeguard.

 Place between Lux & Safeguard where Possible.

 Build brand block wherever possible.

Various placement strategies are shown below.

Displays in Top Store Program (HKB, AL-FATEH, AKBARI etc) / Top 1000 stores
through dedicated shelves so to have maximum visibility.



Display at makro and metro stores to provide maximum availability and visibility to


As a part of the placement and promotion strategy window branding is also very