In-Depth SWOT Analysis of Nivea – Good for Nature & Great for Skin

Updated on: Nov 19, 2021
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Previously we saw the SWOT analysis of Bodycare, today let’s look at the SWOT analysis of Nivea.

You may have heard about NIVEA or have used either cream, moisturizer, or any other product from this brand at least once as it is one of the most popular and highly reliable skincare brands all over the world. Many young women use Nivea cream daily.

Just as healthy skin requires the proper care to flourish, a strong brand like Nivea requires a marketing plan and serious efforts to reach out to the customers. Its unique formulation, appealing looks, constant research, the addition of new products and rightly switching to digital marketing have made NIVEA a very successful brand today. 

To understand the reasons for Nivea’s continuous growth and the popularity the brand has received, we should understand its SWOT analysis, which is required for any business to survive and expand its reach in the market.

Before we go into the SWOT analysis of Nivea, let’s explore more about the brand, by knowing about its initial phase, financial position, products, and close competitors.



About Nivea

History of Nivea - SWOT Analysis of Nivea | IIDE

Nivea is one of the most popular skincare and personal care companies. It is owned by the German company Beiersdorf. Nivea started its journey for the first time in 1911 by introducing ‘Nivea-Creme’, the world’s first stable oil and water-based cream. The main ingredient of this creme was an innovative emulsifying agent called Eucerit (a Greek word for beautiful wax). Snow white color was obtained from the emulsion and so they named it NIVEA which means snow in real too.

Though its chemical formula remained almost the same over the last 100 years, the tin box went through many different kinds of designs as you can see in the above picture. But one thing to notice is that the impressive dark blue color has become very consistent and contributed a lot to the brand’s unique identity.

After the launching of moisturizer, they gained popularity all over Europe and were able to expand their business by introducing various kinds of sunscreen and many other products for children too. They have constantly reframed the brand to appeal more widely in the global market.

Quick Stats about Tata
Founder Dr. Oscar Troplowitz
Year Founded 1882
Origin Germany
No. of Employees 20,000
Company Type Public
Market Cap $21.516 Billion (2021)
Annual Revenue $ 6.67 Billion (2021)
Net Income/ Profit $ 7.1 Billion (2021)


Products of Nivea:

Today, Nivea produces a wide variety of products in different parts of the world. Some of the compelling and innovative products of Nivea are:

  • Face care – Nivea Cream, Nivea Face Wash, Nivea Lip Balm, Cleansing Milk
  • Body care – Body wash, Deodorant, Nivea Soft, Shower Cream
  • Nivea Men – Shaving Gel, Shaving Foam, After Shave lotion

And there are several other products available.

products of Nivea- SWOT Analysis of Nivea | IIDE

Competitors of Nivea –

Competitors are other businesses that offer similar products in the market. Nivea’s main competitors are:

  • Vaseline
  • Ponds
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Dove
  • Neutrogena

Now as we get familiar with the company’s business, let’s begin with the SWOT analysis of Nivea.


SWOT Analysis of Nivea

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A SWOT Analysis helps us to identify the company’s strengths, weaknesses, possible opportunities, and threats. It’s an excellent tool to understand where a company stands strong, its weak points, what areas it can excel in, and what are its threats.

1. Strengths of Nivea 

Strengths indicate what a company excels at and what sets it apart from the competition and how it is unique in the market. Let’s see some of the strengths of Nivea.

  • Nivea Creme’s Formula – Nivea’s cold cream is very popular in the market because customers love its unique formulation, creamy texture, and pleasing fragrance. No other brand has achieved this much brand-recall stage of being a cold cream like Nivea. 
  • Umbrella Brand Development –  Studies say that consumers highly trust the Nivea brand. Recognizing this for more growth, the company launched a variety of new products. They also introduced many products for men by branding them under ‘Nivea Men’.
  • Economic Miracle –  Despite the raw material shortages after some years of world war 2, they faced it with great efforts and strongly established themselves again by the 1950s. The company took inspiration from market trends and reframed its products accordingly. 
  • Geographical Presence – Nivea has about 20 products and is present in a total of 50 countries. This adds to its capacity for distribution, which is rising year after year.
  • Packaging – The white and blue colors of the brand are visible on a wide shelf of personal care items. Since 1925, the blue color has stood for the brand values of NIVEA such as Trust, Closeness, and Care.  Till now, the colors have remained unchanged and have become synonymous with the brand. 


2. Weaknesses of Nivea 

Every coin has two sides, now after a bunch of the strengths there come the weaknesses of Nivea.

  • Tough Competition – Despite Nivea’s dominance in the cold cream segment, some old and upcoming new brands in the market provide the same or similar types of products at an affordable range to users. Also, It’s not so easy for Nivea to position itself in the personal care market of body care and facial care products because there is already huge competition in this segment.
  • Changing Brand Identity –This is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, Nivea has a fantastic benefit by covering a lucrative market: cold cream. But on the other hand, if it has to thrive, it has to change its brand name and become more of a personal care brand. It’s for the men’s cream. Yet the brand as a whole is heavily geared towards cold creams.
  • Expansion-  Many experts say that Nivea is only present in 50 countries, even though it has such a good brand name. It has to be gradual with expansion. Saturation is an issue with Nivea and brand expansion is the key to higher sales.


3. Opportunities of Nivea 

Opportunities are like a cherry on the top which we cannot ignore as they play a very important role in expanding the business.

  • Incorporating New Products and Targeting Men’s Market – There are only a few personal care products in the men’s category compared to the women’s section. The addition of new products for men can contribute a lot to growth as men are also recognizing the importance of taking care of their skin. Nivea has already launched facial wash, body wash, and shaving gel in this category and has been favorably received.
  • Demand for Organic or Fewer Chemicals Products is Growing: Many people are searching for products that include natural ingredients, are good for their skin in the long run, and are affordable at the same time. So introducing such kinds of products can surely ensure a strong future for the brand.
  • Expansion of the Territories: In addition to the introduction of new items, Nivea should continuously extend into new geographies. If this is not done, there are other brands such as Ponds, which will fill the market.


4. Threats of Nivea 

  • Many Competitors: Competition is taking away its core strength: while Nivea aims to grow into uncharted territories, brands are targeting its core strength in heading to cold cream. Two brands are the dominant rivals: cool cream Ponds and Johnson and cold cream Johnson. They’re both good rivals for Nivea because they have deep pockets and excellent delivery reach.
  • Small Businesses: As reaching people has become comparatively easy with digital media, many small businesses are stepping out in the market taking the help of technology, and customers easily get attracted to local products. So this can impede the company’s rise.
  • Changing Buying Behavior of Customers:  Nivea has faced a pandemic situation and for ease, many people prefer online buying. So it’s very important to sell products through e-commerce companies online. Also, engaging customers on social media is a new task for every business.
  • Government Regulations: Government rules and taxes for cosmetics and skincare creams can directly or indirectly affect the company’s business.




Nivea is widely known for its beauty and skin-care products. They have successfully developed an emotional attachment with their consumers by making them happy, satisfied, and constant towards Nivea. In recent years, they have meticulously strategized their expansion in umbrella products so that they can cater to a wide range of customers.

Still, there is great scope of improvement in the men’s segment and the above-mentioned opportunities.

 Also, Nivea is continuously trying to attract more customers by introducing more interactive advertisements and consumer engagement activities through digital marketing, as everyone is present on digital media nowadays. Do you also want to learn digital marketing? Check out the 3 Months Advanced Digital Marketing Course by IIDE. As everything is shifting online, this course can be beneficial if you are interested.

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