TV SMITH's Dua Sen: Failed Products
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FAILED PRODUCTS
by TV Smith
09/09/04

I received a barrage of e-mails (2,813 to be exact) from rabid readers since last week. They demanded an explanation as to why I didn't comment on the biggest news to hit the country since the appearance of the giant python from Muar. Sorry folks, I'm not really into political happenings. Besides, I slept through it. Important judicial decisions always seem to leak out in the mornings. If you don't mind, I would like to follow-up on my previous posting regarding branding. The choice of names can make or break a product. Let's take a look at some failed Malaysian products and examine its relationship to consumer behaviour.

SodomeeCASE STUDY #1

FAD

When that word (and act) was introduced to the Malaysian public in 1999, an upstart local instant noodle manufacturer cleverly capitalised on the buzz. Sodomee™ became an instant hit at mamak stalls and at the dorms of local universities. It was also one of the first one-minute mee to enter the market.

However the product faded just as fast when it was no longer trendy to utter that word. Malaysians soon embraced a new word: infotainment. Packs printed with the 'favour' typo became instant collectors' items.
Eye NoorCASE STUDY #2

PACKAGING

An ex-cop with limited business experience and venture capital came up with a good eye-care product. However, he was not so prudent in the design department.

The picture printed on the little bottles was too realistic. Many consumers found the full-colour black eye picture too brutal and graphic. Eye-Noor® eye drops disappeared from the shelves in just three months after a glitzy launch.
TivoliCASE STUDY #3

MENTAL REJECTION

Truthfulness in advertising can hurt your product, sometimes. Riding on the growing awareness of proper mattress specifications, this company upgraded its product features and hoped to make a killing.

Unfortunately at the showrooms, almost every woman who discovered the label after bouncing on it, went "Euuwwww!"

Women never like the mention of semen (stains) in public. The Tivoli Mattress™ company found out the hard way. Selling mattresses online and through mail order was even tougher.

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© 2004 TV SMITH
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See also: CLONEISM | SPOTTED | THE REAL OLYMPICS | KEPONG BRIDGE | PLAYBOI | THE HYMEN CLOCK

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