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Asian brands without borders: regional opportunities and challenges

Asian brands without borders: regional opportunities and challenges,10.1108/02651330710761017,International Marketing Review,Julien Cayla,Giana M. Eck

Asian brands without borders: regional opportunities and challenges   (Citations: 15)
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Purpose – This study aims to analyze Asian branding strategies at the regional level, and provide a map of opportunities and challenges for Asian regional branding. Design/methodology/approach – The study takes, a multi-sited interpretive approach and interview 22 brand managers throughout the Asian region. The length of interviews was approximately 1.5 hours/respondent. In-depth case studies of two prominent pan-Asian brands, Tiger Beer and Zuji, were also conducted. An interpretive analysis to this data set was applied and five themes were developed. Findings – The two major challenges for regional Asian branding are negative country of origin perceptions and regional positioning being inherently fragile. Despite these key challenges, our respondents saw clear opportunities for regional branding initiatives. Brands can achieve a regional positioning by focusing on Asian modernity rather than on common cultural heritage. They can also capitalize on newfound Asian pride and confidence, and finally they can use a Western stamp of approval to signal to Asians the viability of the brand. Originality/value – The paper extends previous work on the globalization of marketing activities by advancing the region as an important unit of analysis. It helps understand the development of brands in a part of the world that is becoming more important at the economic and political level. The study shows how marketers are shaping culture in the Asian context. Finally, the paper contributes a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with a regional positioning and the development of regional branding strategies.
Journal: International Marketing Review - INT MARK REV , vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 444-456, 2007
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