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Dove Evolution of a Brand

Case ID - 508047     Solution ID - 12944     1461 Words


The case study solution is based on the branding strategy of Unilever which changed after the year 2000. The company had been operating with several brands in several geographical areas. The company realized that this strategy was resulting into a haphazard image of the company due to decentralization. The company decided to reduce its number of brands and select some of its brands as “Master brands”. The case revolves around how this change in strategy affected the positioning of “Dove”.  The case and its questions address the effects of this change in strategy and what risks or advantages the company could have due to this evolution.

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Questions Covered

1. Why does Unilever want fewer brands?

2. What was Dove‟s market positioning in the 1950s? What is its positioning in 2007?

3. How did Unilever organize its product category and brand management activities before 2000? What is the corresponding structure post-2000?

4. How was brand meaning controlled prior to 2000, and how is it controlled at the time of the case? What are the risks and rewards of its strategy?

5. What are people saying about Dove today? (You will need to go online and search blogs to answer this question.)

6. Do you see risks for the Dove brand today?

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