FMCG: The Power of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods

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This book is a history of the some of the world's most famous brands, from humble beginnings to current exalted status, from smudged, kitchen-table pamphlets to $ multi-million ad campaigns, from backyard experiments to global research. It examines the most recent developments in these glittering trajectories and reveals the very DNA of the brands themselves. Is it mastery of absorbency, the virtuoso integration of acquisitions, developing incomparable consumer trust, the ability to think in decades? All is revealed. If you work in Retail, FMCG, Marketing or Consumer Goods, this is a must–read book.

Keywords: FMCG , History, Manufactures, Brands, Innovation, Global, Consumer, Retail, Market, Emerging Markets, Coke, Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, Dean Foods, Estée Lauder, General Mills, Heinz, Henkel, Kellog, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft, L'Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever
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About the author

Greg Thain 

Business. Over 40 years' experience of developing businesses, multiple fund raising and public flotations. Experience in marketing, market research, internet/tech, real estate, investment property funds, publishing and consultancy with a focus for the last 22 years on the emerging markets.

Real Estate. Russian real estate involvement over the past 22 years. Introduced the first significant international bank loan of $500M to a Russian developer in 1995. Took the founder of Raven Russia to Moscow, helping raise the initial $300m/purchase initial industrial site/project for $74m. In 2007/8 organised a property investment fund of $180m.

Lecturing and Public Speaking. Frequent speaker throughout Europe and Asia on markets, retail, internet and other developments across these sectors. Keynote speaker at the first HP conference for 5 years in Asia (Macau, autumn 2013). Presented Key Trends in Internet and Retail Worldwide to the leading 450 retailers in Asia/Greater China.

Books. Storewars. The Battle for Mindspace and Shelfspace, written and published in 2012. The Power of Fast-moving Consumer Goods, a history of the world's 18 leading consumer-facing companies, written and published in May 2014. E-Retail. Zero Friction in the Digital Universe, due to launch in July 2014.

Magazine Publishing. Developed a number of original products in the 1980s and 90s: What Mortgage magazine, the original mortgage advice magazine, What Investment, What Finance, What Video, and Popular Video at the forefront of the video revolution. In excess of 20 newspapers, magazines and journals including The British Investors Database, the original compilation of all investors in the UK. Launched the original Local Radio Awards, first awards to the UK local radio industry.


John Bradley

John Bradley held international marketing positions in Cadbury for 24 years before becoming a consultant and writer. John has authored two business histories, Cadbury's Purple Reign, and Fry's Chocolate Dream, and co-authored along with Greg Thain an update of the book Store Wars. John now lives and works in Canada.

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Publisher
First Edition Design Pub.
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Published on
Jul 11, 2014
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Pages
550
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ISBN
9781622876471
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / International / Marketing
Business & Economics / Marketing / General
Business & Economics / Marketing / Research
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A unique expose of the Cadbury story, providing an unprecedented insight into the makings of an iconic brand.

Cadbury's Puple Reign for the first time tells the in-depth story and definitive history of the Cadbury brand, and how it came to be the world's pre-eminent chocolate brand. It presents a no holds barred account of the rollercoaster ride the organization has experienced that has, ultimately, led to its success. It is a story of endurance, where, in the UK, Cadbury is a clear market leader.

This fascinating journey that has been the history of Cadbury makes it an ideal example with which to illuminate the story of consumerism.  The company was established even before there were a mass of consumers to sell to, and was at the forefront of many of the developments which facilitated the rise of mass markets:

Putting product quality at the heart of the brand. Harnessing the miracles of the Industrial and Transportation Revolutions to drive explosive growth Industry consolidation via mergers and acquisitions to cement critical mass A radical approach to harnessing the potential of its workforce to create the most effectively run company in Britain The virtuous circle of economies of scale which slashed prices and brought chocolate to the masses Innovative marketing and selling approaches that put the Cadbury brand into not just the minds of consumers, but their hearts. 

Illustrated with fact, anecdote and beautiful images from previously archived material, this book provides the reader with an unprecedented insight into one of the world’s most iconic brands. These insights will help any consumer business that aspire to build longevity for their brand with lessons on how to better endear itself to consumers, and how to turn that relationship into profitable sales.

The book has the full backing from Cadbury and chairman Sir John Sunderland provides the foreword.

The indispensable classic on marketing by the bestselling author of Tribes and Purple Cow.

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All marketers tell stories. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche is vastly superior to a $36,000 Volkswagen that’s virtually the same car. We believe that $225 sneakers make our feet feel better—and look cooler—than a $25 brand. And believing it makes it true.

As Seth Godin has taught hundreds of thousands of marketers and students around the world, great marketers don’t talk about features or even benefits. Instead, they tell a story—a story we want to believe, whether it’s factual or not. In a world where most people have an infinite number of choices and no time to make them, every organization is a marketer, and all marketing is about telling stories.

Marketers succeed when they tell us a story that fits our worldview, a story that we intuitively embrace and then share with our friends. Think of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, or Fiji water, or the iPod.

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But for the rest of us, it’s time to embrace the power of the story. As Godin writes, “Stories make it easier to understand the world. Stories are the only way we know to spread an idea. Marketers didn’t invent storytelling. They just perfected it.”
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