Capturing the essence of a corporate brand personality: A Western brand in Eastern Europe

Johan van Rekom, Gabriele Jacobs, Peeter W J Verlegh, Klement Podnar

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This study focuses on the positioning of a Western brand (McDonald ’ s) in an Eastern European market (Slovenia), and shows how corporate communication efforts can infl uence consumer perceptions of brand essence. In order to ensure the long-time viability of a brand ’ s equity, preserving and reinforcing its essence is of primordial importance. A method is presented for identifying those characteristics of the personality of a corporate brand that make up its essence. Such a tool is suitable for refi ned corporate positioning, because it not only shows which corporate characteristics form the essence of the corporate brand, but also shows why they are so essential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-124
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Brand Management
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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