Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Godrej Infuses Freshness through Godrej ‘aer’

Godrej Consumer Products has entered into the high potential air care segment with the launch of its air freshener brand ‘aer’. The company offers in three distinct fragrances i.e, Cool Surf Blue, Fresh Lush Green and Petal Crush Pink. Godrej offers air fresheners for both homes and cars. In the car air freshener segment, Godrej launched a dashboard perfume and a diffuser priced at Rs. 299 and Rs. 225 respectively. In the home care segment, aer will be available in an aerosol format around Rs. 110.

Godrej aer was positioned on the promise that what it delivers i.e delightful experience through its fragrance. Even the TVC also compliments it. 

The ad campaign shows a young man getting into his vehicle, and was told that his new Aer car fragrance has magic in it. Not the one that will make his car bigger, or make him immensely popular/better, but just simply that it has a great fragrance that can be started with the click of a button. Definitely, the positioning was unique, not exaggerating what it does, instead simply communicates what it can deliver.

The air care market in India is estimated at Rs. 300 crore which is a fast growing household accessories market fueled by changing preferences among Indian consumers. This can be  attributed to the increased purchasing power of people, better living standards, exposure to internationally available household products. However, air care category is still in its nascent stage in India. Having seen the huge this potential, Godrej has launched its air freshener brand to establish a foothold in air care segment.

Aer has to face competition from existing domestic and international brands such as Air Wick, Ambi Pur, Glade, Renuzit, and Odonil. The company sources says that its USP is its design and fragrances. And certainly, Godrej has taken lot of care in product differentiation, claims to be the first branded player to offer a product in the dashboard/cup-holder segment in India. The company expects high brand recall for this product due its design innovation. Moreover, company expects greater scope for growth in this rapidly growing product category. In near term, it would add new fragrances and automatic sprays to its portfolio.

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