New brand introduced into a product category by a company that already markets an existing brand in that category. The flanker may be a different size, flavor, or type of the existing product but is a logical extension within the product category, such as the addition of other flavors to cranberry-Cranapple, Crangrape-by Ocean Spray. Flanker Brands A flanker brand is a Line extension by the company. HUL having different varieties of washing powder detergent, e. g. Surf Excel for the Premium segment, RIN for the middle segment and Wheel for the lower segment.
P&G having Ariel for the premium segment and Tide for the middle segment. A flanker brand is a new brand introduced into the market by a company that already has an established brand in the same product category. The new brand is designed to compete in the category without damaging the existing item’s market share by targeting a different group of consumers. This strategy, also called fghter branding or multibranding, is used to achieve a larger total market share than one product could garner alone.
Companies with multiple brands in a single product category generally have the following types of products in their portfolios: * A premium brand that offers high quality at a higher price. One or more brands offering a slightly lower quality or a different set of benefits for a lower price. Why is flanker branding important? Flanker branding is important because it allows a company to attract new customers from various market segments. The main brand of a company’s portfolio should target the market segment containing the most consumers.
Another brand can then be positioned to convert users from other market segments by using a different set of benefits or product characteristics. For example, Proctor and Gamble’s (P&G) (worldwide) Tide is an extremely successful laundry detergent. In order to appeal to consumers who desired a lower-cost detergent, P&G introduced Cheer, which is a slightly lower quality product offered at a value price. While Tide’s sales dropped slightly with the introduction of the new brand, the combined sales of Cheer and Tide were higher than Tide’s original sales alone, allowing P&G to gain a greater market share.
A companys brands should attract customers from competing brands and not each other. There are a number of advantages to developing a flanker brand: * Gain more shelf space for the company, which increases retailer dependence on the company’s brands. Capture “brand switchers” by offering several brands. * Develop excitement within the company by monitoring sales fgures of the different brands. * Protect the company – giving a product its own unique name means it will not be readily associated with the existing brand.
This reduces risk to the existing brand and/or company if the product fails. * Companies with a high-quality existing product can introduce lower-quality brands without diluting their high-quality brand names. Developing flanker brands does present challenges. Introducing a new brand is quite costly. Creating another independent brand requires name research and ubstantial advertising expenditures to create name recognition and preference for the new brand. Will Flanker Branding Work for You? nswered in order to make the best decision for your situation. The most basic questions include: * Can my existing brand be changed enough that a new brand will have unique qualities that will appeal toa separate group of consumers? * Are these new qualities believable? * How will the new brand impact my existing brand(s)? * How will the new brand impact competitors’ brands? * Will the cost of product development and promotion be covered by the sales of the new brand?