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Oh baby!

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — To help under-the-weather junior, Hyland’s has rebranded its pediatric line of products Hyland’s Baby. Hyland’s cough-cold liquid offerings are trending at 76.5% growth to $2.6 million for the 12 weeks ended Oct. 30, 
according to SymphonyIRI Group across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart).


And for this cough-cold season, Hyland’s added a new Hyland’s Baby cough syrup for infants 6 months and older to the line. The Hyland’s Baby cough syrup begins shipping in January, the company reported, at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

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Extinguishing holiday heartburn

BY Michael Johnsen

The holidays stand as prime time heartburn season with Thanksgiving dinners and holiday get-togethers on the calendar. And that doesn’t even cover the obligatory holiday fruitcakes.


Procter & Gamble has kicked off two campaigns to remind over-indulgers of heartburn remedies. The first supported the company’s Pepto-Bismol brand and featured “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet and the nonprofit organization Feeding America on a Thanksgiving turkey drive. The second featured Prilosec OTC and comedian Larry the Cable Guy around a contest searching for the best NFL tailgater.

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Digestives Sell-Through Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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Social media touts 
merits of homeopathy

BY Michael Johnsen

One of the factors behind the success of homeopathy in mass retail is social media, both by way of Facebook and mommy bloggers.


“We’ve always relied on word-of-mouth,” noted Alissa Gould, Boiron public relations manager. The average Oscillococcinum user told nine friends. “Now social media exponentially increases that word of mouth,” Gould said. Boiron recently has launched Facebook pages across its brand portfolio.


Mommy bloggers es­pecially have played a key role in driving awareness around popular homeopathy brands for a simple reason — parents trust them. According to the Technorati 2011 State of the Blogosphere Report, 71% of bloggers only write about brands they think are reputable. Of mommy bloggers, 92% use Facebook to promote their blog and 75% use Twitter. As many as 55% follow those brands they blog about on social media sites like Facebook, and half say a brand’s reputation influences their decision to write about it.


Facebook currently boasts more than 800 million active users, and more than 50% log on to their pages every day. As of June, a total 106 million users on Twitter are now averaging 200 million tweets per day.

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Homeopathy Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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