Dubbed internally as “brand republics”, each team includes around 30 people from business divisions including marketing, branding, R&D, market research and design.
Teams will get together for three or four days at a time to “immerse themselves” in the brand and work on the product and brand idea.
The aim is to get a broader skill-set working on the brands and strengthen the brand stories and marketing that is produced.
It is “road testing” the multi-discipline, international brand teams on its billion Euro brands such as Lynx and Dove, as part of the “crafting brands for life” marketing strategy initiated a year ago.
Marc Mathieu, Unilever vice president of marketing, says: “We are looking to institutionalise it, but [for now] it’s something we’re road testing. Half of the meeting is about the content and half of it is journey.
“Each [member of the team] has had the shared journey and experience of the brand and share a common point of view and a certain level of camaraderie, which cannot happen otherwise despite using technology like email and Skype to communicate,” he says.
As a separate initiative, Unilever is hosting two-day “hackathon” events with its marketers and agency partners in a bid to encourage collaboration and establish a new “Unilever way of marketing” in line with “crafting brands for life”.