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Future Market Insights, Inc.

Christiana Corporate, 200
Continental Drive, Suite 401,
Newark, Delaware - 19713,
United States

T: +1-845-579-5705


Future Market Insights, Inc.

616 Corporate Way, Suite 2-9018,
Valley Cottage, NY 10989, United States

T: +1-347-918-3531


Future Market Insights

1602-6 Jumeirah Bay X2 Tower, Plot No: JLT-PH2-X2A,
Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates


Future Market Insights

3rd Floor, 207 Regent Street,
W1B 3HH London
United Kingdom

T: + 44 (0) 20 8123 9659
D: +44 (0) 20 3287 4268

Asia Pacific

Future Market Insights

IndiaLand Global Tech Park, Unit UG-1, Behind Grand HighStreet, Phase 1, Hinjawadi, MH, Pune – 411057, India

Branding is the process of creating a unique identity for a product or a service in the mind of the consumer. The only objective driving this motive is to create a lasting impression in the minds of esteemed consumers, both existing and the potential ones, yet to come. Branding is an integral component of marketing, as it intends to demonstrate to the targeted market area that you are the only one with the perfect solution to their problems. The cornerstones of a smart branding strategy are to deliver the message clearly, amass credibility, make connections with target prospects, motivate and pursue the buyer, and affirm their loyalty. The methods of working with these fundamentals of branding might differ for advertisers. However, the desired output remains the same.

Branding and marketing have come a long way and are being seen more as a science than strategies to maximize business potential. Product recalls are often associated with the failure of the company initiating them; however, this is now a tale of old times as marketing moguls have found a way to use this as a marketing strategy. If not handled with care and precaution, product recalls could be devastating to brand image and market position in many ways.

  • An incident from November 1994 at Intel is the perfect example of how not to handle customer complaints and product recalls. The issue was with Intel’s Pentium processors, which affected mathematical calculations. When customers raised the issue, the company stood its ground and stated that the flaw occurred once in 9 billion random calculations. But a storm of protests and the move of IBM to halt shipments of computers containing the chip forced Intel to issue a recall. The company was forced to issue a no-questions-asked returns policy to avoid a market disaster.

Here’s one of the earliest examples of how a product recall turned into a positive ad campaign idea for a company.

  • In February 1991, Saturn, a division of General Motors, issued a recall for its new cars sold to customers citing an issue with the front reclining mechanisms of the front seats. While the defect was not reported by any customer or didn’t pose a threat to safety, the company went the extra mile not only by recalling the vehicles but sending a letter to all customers through an overnight delivery service to notify them whether their car was affected or not. The recall was so successful that the company used it for its ad campaign and depicted how Saturn would always go the extra mile for the best customer service.

Companies can mimic such strategies and learn how to handle product recalls, which have been increasing rapidly around the world in recent years. With the right mindset, a recall could turn out to be a company’s opportunity to capitalize on marketing potential.

According to Future Market Insights (FMI), many media agencies looking after the marketing strategies of various companies are looking at recalling products from market shelves as a way of branding. It was only last week that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, the glamorous car maker announced its plans to recall 3.3 million older-model autos across the globe due to faulty Takata airbags. FCA stated it will replace the airbag inflators on the driver’s side, as they have a tendency to blow up with excessive force, creating a possibility of shrapnel injuries to the driver and passengers. Although none of these airbags have been found faulty, the recall is based on the problem linked to this aspect of the airbags causing fatal injuries to at least five drivers in the US and one in Malaysia. FMI analysts believe the FCA’s move comes as a brand-building strategy to project the image of an excellent service provider who deals with not just pre-existing problems, but with doubts about potential problems as well.

The strategy of recalling products from the market does come at a cost. It comes with the risk of a negative impact on the company’s reputation. It raises questions about their research and development so far, the resources invested and spent on it, and the failure at delivering on a promise. But, has a business ever made it big without taking any risks? The answer is an emphatic ‘No’!

Big businesses with a smart and effective PR team will know the clever tricks of a swift recall and restitution. Experts at Future Market Insights suggest that reducing the time gap between recalling a product and reintroducing or returning it to consumers will have a positive impact on the willingness of buyers to make a purchase. The near-to-instant gratification is the real deal maker in this case. It does not create the trauma of losing either money or product, and thus leaves no scope for the hardship a buyer has to endure while recovering from a loss.

In addition to this, a valuable insight from Future Market Insights is that it is best to remain open, honest, and transparent about the issue at hand. The perfect example of this notion is Flipkart, an Indian online shopping portal’s recent debacle with its magnanimous sale, where it simply could not handle the crowd it pulled. The e-commerce giant responded by sending out a letter to their entire customer base apologizing for the mishap. Though the case is not specifically about recalling products, there’s something about branding that marketers can learn from Sachin and Binny, the owners of Flipkart. The letter makes a heart-to-heart conversation with its readers and the loyal Flipkart customers about the technical glitches that caused the colossal chaos. And it is with that, that advertisers ought to learn that honesty is indeed the best policy to gain, retain, and regain its customer base for a successful business.