Philips Electronics Middle East and Africa announces new brand campaign
Philips Electronics Middle East and Africa on Sunday made the regional announcement of the company’s new brand promise evolving around the concept of ‘Sense and Simplicity’.
The new positioning aims to give customers a distinctive image of a sharper, more focused enterprise, which – throughout its activities in healthcare, lifestyle and technology – is held together by a common drive to deliver intuitive end-user experiences. The company will spend €80million on a new and innovative advertising campaign to bring its message to customers around the world.
Robert A.H. van de Riet, CEO for Philips, commented at the global announcement in Dubai: “Philips is not the only technology company to grasp the need for simplicity – but I believe we’re the first to put a stake in the ground and declare our intent to take action. Others may aspire to be more fashionable, more cool. Our route to innovation isn’t about extra complexity – it’s about simplicity which we believe will be the new cool.”
“Simplicity is what people expect of technology and it is as applicable to a doctor working under pressure in a hospital with advanced medical equipment as it is to a consumer operating a DVD recorder. Simplicity is equally relevant to our customers, be it in Healthcare, in Lifestyle or in enabling Technologies. In each of these domains Philips already has many proof points of simplicity and some of these we highlight in our new advertising campaign. The challenge before us is to further realign our company to deliver on our new Brand Positioning in each and every aspect of what we do and make,” he continued.
“To mark our commitment to this cause from today onwards we replace the old motto ‘Let’s Make Things Better’ that has served Philips well for almost a decade,” continued Van de Riet. “While it is not very specific, it expresses commitment to both excellence and improvement. At a time in which our businesses could all define their own direction under one broad umbrella this was probably OK. With the One Philips strategy of the past years we see the emergence of another company where the marketing of our businesses is more aligned around a specific target audience and therefore we are now at a point where we’re able to get more specific for all of them. Now we’re able to tell you exactly how we’ll execute further change.”
Van de Riet added: “As we execute on our mission and go forward with implementing our strategy, Philips will see more and accelerated change. We have clear ideas about how to consistently fill in empty spaces around our core competencies, often in the overlaps of the healthcare, lifestyle and technology domains. In the process we will enter into new markets and create whole new categories. The mix of our activities will continue to change and our new Brand Positioning has also been designed to guide us through this next phase of our transformation. The launch of our brand campaign today draws attention to a changing Philips, and we trust it will change over time the way the world sees and experiences Philips.” Furthermore, Van de Riet announced the start of a new business group for consumer health and wellness with an ambitious growth target.
The brand campaign will focus firmly on a core target group consisting of the 20 percent of people who do 80 percent of the buying, typically affluent decision-makers in the 35-55 age range and A/B+ category who share a dislike for the unnecessary hassle often created by technology. “These same people make decisions in their personal and professional lives that are profoundly interesting to Philips,” Louis Hakim, Corporate Communications and Brand Manager Philips, said at the Dubai event. “One person making a decision on a top-of-the-range flat TV for his or her home could be the very same manager responsible for the purchase of medical diagnostic equipment at a local hospital.” (menareport.com)
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