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Tiger Balm launches new website

BY Michael Johnsen

HAYWARD, Calif. Prince of Peace Enterprises on Wednesday launched MyTigerBalm.com to represent its Tiger Balm U.S. product line.

The new website features coupons and promotions, a tool for locating nearby Tiger Balm retailers and online shopping.

“We are very pleased with our new website,” stated Kenneth Yeung, Prince of Peace president. “Visually, the site meshes a clean, modern look and feel, while also honoring the century-old heritage of the Tiger Balm brand. From a usability standpoint, the site offers a user-friendly layout, easy navigation and content that both long-term and new Tiger Balm customers will find valuable.”

In addition to the shopping services, MyTigerBalm.com also provides consumers with detailed information on the eight different Tiger Balm products sold in the United States; a symptoms analyzer, where they can find the Tiger Balm best designed to address their ailments; and a consumer resources section with links to articles and advice on pain management, stress relief and general pain-related topics.

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PositiveID developing breath glucose-detection device

BY Allison Cerra

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. PositiveID announced that development of its breath glucose-detection device prototype will be completed by year’s end.

The handheld Easy Check breath glucose detection device utilizes a single-use capsule containing a proprietary reagent that triggers a chemical reaction that can be measured immediately and correlated to blood-glucose levels without using blood — required by existing glucose-measuring devices, PositiveID said.

Scott Silverman, chairman and CEO of PositiveID, said, “We are very pleased that the development and design of our noninvasive Easy Check breath glucose detection device has occurred ahead of schedule. We believe the accelerated completion of the initial design phase will potentially allow us to begin testing the handheld device during 2010.”

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New research establishes importance of ‘beacon’ OTC brands

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO Well-established national brands, or “beacon brands,” are crucial in attracting shoppers to a particular set, especially when merchandised as a brand block, according to new research from McNeil Consumer Healthcare presented during the Institute for International Research’s recent Shopper Insights in Action conference.

The objective of McNeil’s research was to learn more about the “shopability” of over-the-counter medicines, and uncover suggestions for better messaging and other communication strategies at the shelf, according to published reports.

 

 

Focusing specifically on the shopability of analgesics, cough-cold and digestives, McNeil found that broad selection and small packaging actually served as an intimidating factor, leaving shoppers overwhelmed and/or confused.

Appropriate category synergies and improved navigational messaging were cited as examples of how to improve the shopability of a particular category, especially considering consumers oftentimes shop intuitively by symptom rather than category, according to the research. The majority of consumers surveyed as part of the research (81%), also suggested more information, both on the packaging and on shelf, would serve to help them better navigate an OTC category.

Many shoppers also suggested that they identified where to shop for a particular condition by seeking out brand-blocked beacon brands, or highly recognizable brands. “We recommend using beacon brands at top of the shelf to draw people in,” Michael Pishvanov, associate director of Shopper Marketing Sales Strategy at McNeil Consumer Healthcare, told attendees at the conference. “So, from 30 ft. away, somebody can look and – even if they can’t speak English – realize what that category is.”

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