Good Luck as a marketing Strategy.

Thanks to Karthik Srinivasan for this input.

This new #packagingdesign idea by KitKat in Japan is as adorable as it is intelligent!



Nestlé Japan is moving from plastic packaging to paper packaging in Japan. But, instead of simply changing the material, they have also added an extra bit of fun and engagement – the paper packaging for KitKat Mini range will include instructions on how to make an origami crane out of it, instead of simply throwing it away!

Now, this is brilliant on 2 fronts.

One, the concept of origami cranes in Japan. Origami is, in itself, from Japan, meaning fold+paper – ori+kami. As for cranes, they have mystical appeal in Japan and are believed to live for a thousand years. So, cranes represent good luck and longevity. Traditionally in Japan, it is believed that if one folded 1,000 origami cranes, their wish would come true!

This is where the 2nd point of intelligence comes in – the Japanese phrase ‘kitto katsu’ means ‘sure to succeed’ and Kit Kat has already played up this similar-sounding phase in its marketing in Japan. So, now they are encouraging people to buy KitKat, not throw away the wrapper but make it into an origami paper crane, add their wish/message in the wings and give it to people as a lucky charm!

#funfacts
-As mentioned, due to its association with good luck, the sales of kit kat increases drastically during examination time. Many students even carry the chocolate to the examination hall.
-300 unique kit kat flavours are available only in Japan and some in select localities only.
-5 million kit Kars are Sold in a day in Japan.



Published by Hisham Kabir

Hisham is an MBA from MET, Mumbai and an alumnus of Symbiosis Institute Of Business Management, Pune, with a Management Deveoplemt Programme (MDP) on Sales Management from The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, have worked with public relations division of Uniliver in Mumbai handling brands like Surf, Rin & Sunlight detergents. Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Ideal Caterers (family business established in year 1984) a leading outdoor caterer in Kochi and having services in Trivandrum and Kottayam. Hisham is the first Entrepreneur to successfully incubate out from CIFT Business Incubation Cell (A Govt Of India Enterprise) Hisham have ventured into food processing sector by launching a ready to cook curry paste with brand name "Freedom Kitchen" using technology from DFRL (Defence Food Research Laboratory in Mysore) with a vision to change the way indian domestic kitchen would operate. All aspects of brand design & development for the brand "freedom kitchen" from concept, brand naming, colour selection,brand story, Barcode GS1 formalities, to copyright to vertical package designing and print development was independently handled by him. Hisham was key accounts executive at Kerala's leading advertising agency stark communications. An avid automobile enthusiast with a passion for advertising, have conducted an exhibition on the world’s most celebrated advertising campaign titled the History of Volkswagen Beetle ads, at the Durbar Halls Arts Gallery in Ernakulam and at MET Campus Mumbai. He is also a guest faculty at various management institutes in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. He talks on entrepreneurship, advertising strategies, and business management. He has given guest talk to management students at Rajagiri Institute Of Management, Amrita Business School, Coimbatore, MET Mumbai, TKM Institute of Management, to name a few.

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