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Creating the Brand Experience
       Skittles Case Study


           August 23, 2005




          SAATCHI & SAATCHI
Objectives

• Why and how did Skittles change its brand
  positioning and creative strategies?

• What exactly did Skittle...
Skittles Background

• A European favorite, Skittles was launched in the
  USA in 1981

• A bite-sized candy with a coated...
Confectionary Market Dynamics (USA)

           • Non-chocolate candy sector value is $5.3B
             – Chewy candy: $6...
Confectionary Trends

            • Novelty
               – Part candy, part toy

            • Licensing and entertainme...
Make me Feel “It”




                                                                 Intensity of Experience




       ...
“Taste the Rainbow”
A Functional Benefit Strategy

          Pre 2005
Skittles: Product Truths


                                                                   • Hard, shiny, colorful shel...
Taste Messaging…Simple but Limiting

• Skittles previous communications (pre 2005)
  focused solely on taste and flavor me...
A Literal & Undifferentiated Positioning
                      Brand Message

              “Taste the Rainbow”




      ...
Only 1/2 of the Story




     “Taste the Rainbow”
          (Product)
Diagnosis

• Messaging taste and flavor in a commoditized and
  undifferentiated category, where rational elements
  are t...
Implications

[Young] consumers value relationships with brands
that have a clear POV, stand for something, and are
differ...
“Believe the Rainbow. Taste the Rainbow.”
       An Evolved Experiential Brand Strategy

                      2005
Skittles: Target (Lifestyle)


                                      • 13-17year olds; sweet spot 16
                     ...
Skittles: What/When is it for?

                       •   Functional
                            – Gives me a boost
     ...
The Solution

[Young] consumers value relationships with brands
that have a clear POV, stand for something “real”,
and are...
Skittles Smoothie Mix     Skittles Bubble Gum         Skittles: Original, Sour, Tropical,




“Blend the Rainbow”      “In...
Consumer




Brand              Product




“As Real As It Gets”
FROM         TO

CANDY        EXPERIENCE


IRRELEVANT   IRREVERENT


COLOR        PASSION


EXPECTED     UNPREDICTABLE


1...
To users ages 13-17, sweet spot 16, who use candy and macrosnacks, only Skittles delivers a
                          frui...
“Believe the Rainbow.”
        (Brand)



                         The Skittles Experience
         +

 “Taste the Rainbow...
Results

           • June 2005 sales have increased 10% (IRI)to approx.
             $80MM for the 52 weeks ending July 1...
Advantages of a Prescient Strategy

• Inspiration and development for revenue-building
  brand extensions - both flavors a...
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  1. 1. Creating the Brand Experience Skittles Case Study August 23, 2005 SAATCHI & SAATCHI
  2. 2. Objectives • Why and how did Skittles change its brand positioning and creative strategies? • What exactly did Skittles change? • What is the roadmap for developing insightful and impactful communications?
  3. 3. Skittles Background • A European favorite, Skittles was launched in the USA in 1981 • A bite-sized candy with a coated hard shell and chewy center • Competitive set: Fruit-flavored confectionaries, primarily non-chocolate candy and gum
  4. 4. Confectionary Market Dynamics (USA) • Non-chocolate candy sector value is $5.3B – Chewy candy: $659MM for 2003, 1.4% YOY – Gum: $309MM for 2003, (4.8%) YOY • 427 new candy products were launched in 2004 • Per capita consumption of candy and chocolate is 22.3lbs for 2003 vs 18.9lbs in 1984 • Mature and consolidating sector w/ increased competition from other vertical “players” Source: USDA; National Confectioners Association; Convenience Store News, 2005
  5. 5. Confectionary Trends • Novelty – Part candy, part toy • Licensing and entertainment partnerships and tie-ins • Transformers – Candy changes into gum • Extreme mints – Liquid mint blasts and capsules • Mash Ups – Unorthodox flavor, texture, and taste combinations Source: candyindustry.com, 2005
  6. 6. Make me Feel “It” Intensity of Experience Concoctions & The Usual Wizardry Creativity Sweeten Up Not inclusive of broader competitive set eg, macrosnacks
  7. 7. “Taste the Rainbow” A Functional Benefit Strategy Pre 2005
  8. 8. Skittles: Product Truths • Hard, shiny, colorful shells • Fruit-inspired soft, chewy center • Round/disc-like • Fruity and floral aromas • Noisy and crunchy • Signature “S” badge Base Brand (Original Skittles), does not include line extensions
  9. 9. Taste Messaging…Simple but Limiting • Skittles previous communications (pre 2005) focused solely on taste and flavor messaging – “Taste the Rainbow” – Target: Gender Agnostic teens, ages 13-17 who frequently consume macrosnacks – User Benefit: Combination of fruity, tropical, and colorful flavors; multi-sensory (hard & chewy) - Rational – Reason to Believe: Only Skittles brand is the color of the rainbow
  10. 10. A Literal & Undifferentiated Positioning Brand Message “Taste the Rainbow” Product Offering Experience the different hues, flavors of Skittles Consumer Motivation When I want a fruit-flavored candy
  11. 11. Only 1/2 of the Story “Taste the Rainbow” (Product)
  12. 12. Diagnosis • Messaging taste and flavor in a commoditized and undifferentiated category, where rational elements are the “price of entry” is not a strategy • Product has become king, trumping the actual brand; once consumption is finished, the brand has no extraneous role for the user – No emotional dialogue or relationship with user/audience
  13. 13. Implications [Young] consumers value relationships with brands that have a clear POV, stand for something, and are different. Brands that do not strategically sound brand promise, defined essence, and positioning, run the risk of consumer disinterest – Low awareness – Infrequent consumption – Ambiguous perceptions – Negative equity measures (eg, regard, recognition) – Weak brand loyalty
  14. 14. “Believe the Rainbow. Taste the Rainbow.” An Evolved Experiential Brand Strategy 2005
  15. 15. Skittles: Target (Lifestyle) • 13-17year olds; sweet spot 16 • Full time students (junior to high school) • Responsibilities: Part time gig, community service, familial duties • Living life to the fullest (active) • Social creatures powered by positive energy • Vibrant and dynamic personalities • Multi-cultural/ethnic • Self expressive and experimental • “On the Go” but not sure how to get “There” yet… Source: LSI, 2005
  16. 16. Skittles: What/When is it for? • Functional – Gives me a boost – Lets me focus – Satisfies my indulgence – Flavor rush – Allows me to feel • Emotional – Makes me excited – Brings out positivity – Changes my perspective – Makes me happy – Engages all of my senses – Affirms my good mood
  17. 17. The Solution [Young] consumers value relationships with brands that have a clear POV, stand for something “real”, and are freshly different. The experience can be greater than the product. Develop natural product extensions that organically create occasions/moments for the desired and intended experience and/or solution to an unmet need.
  18. 18. Skittles Smoothie Mix Skittles Bubble Gum Skittles: Original, Sour, Tropical, “Blend the Rainbow” “Inflate the Rainbow” “Hear, See, Touch, Smell, Taste… the Rainbow” Multi-sensory Experience
  19. 19. Consumer Brand Product “As Real As It Gets”
  20. 20. FROM TO CANDY EXPERIENCE IRRELEVANT IRREVERENT COLOR PASSION EXPECTED UNPREDICTABLE 13-17 LIFESTYLE
  21. 21. To users ages 13-17, sweet spot 16, who use candy and macrosnacks, only Skittles delivers a fruit-inspired multi-sensory experience to color your world… Brand Essence EXPERIENCE LIFE IN COLOR Emotional “LIVE W/IN RAINBOW” Functional “TASTE THE RAINBOW” Assumed brand positioning and benefits
  22. 22. “Believe the Rainbow.” (Brand) The Skittles Experience + “Taste the Rainbow.” (Product)
  23. 23. Results • June 2005 sales have increased 10% (IRI)to approx. $80MM for the 52 weeks ending July 10, 2005 • Unaided Awareness increased 3% (Ipsos-ASI) • June 2005, Skittles.com had 318K visitors vs 11K for the same period in 2004 Source: Adweek, August 8, 2005
  24. 24. Advantages of a Prescient Strategy • Inspiration and development for revenue-building brand extensions - both flavors and new products • A Skittles differentiated brand in the non-chocolate candy and gum sectors, and the MasterFoods/Mars portfolio • Resonation with the target audience - credible and “future proof”
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