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Marketing Research Articles Related to Brand/Image Development

Marketing Research Articles Related to Brand/Image Development

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Focus groups guide Pevely's brand positioning

Published
December 1988
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
Researchers used focus groups to help Pevely Dairy Company discover how to further develop its brand to appeal to consumers. Focus group participants shared their reactions to potential prototypes.

Research and a strong marketing campaign keep Copper Mountain's business hot

Published
March 1991
Author
Joseph Rydholm, Quirk's Editor
Abstract
Copper Mountain conducted one-on-one interviews with skiers on a chairlift ride to solicit impressions of service areas, to find out about skiing preferences, and to determine awareness of advertising. To delve deeper into perceptions of Copper Mountain and other ski areas and test a potential marketing campaign, it also held focus groups with a number of skiers who had taken the lift survey.

Consumers give Mannington a winning formula for new vinyl flooring product

Published
May 1991
Author
Joseph Rydholm, Quirk's Editor
Abstract
Mannington Resilient Floors used several research strategies to develop its successful flooring product. In addition to a telephone survey, Mannington used HTI Custom Research's monthly mail omnibus study to determine some basic purchase dynamics and the demographics of purchasers of floor coverings. Consumers were asked about their level of satisfaction with different kinds of floor coverings and what the coverings’ strong and weak points were. Mannington also studied retailers and others in the trade to gauge perceptions compared to its competitors and to determine how to increase and improve its industry profile.

Research helps a rural Arizona hospital through a bond election and beyond

Published
January 1992
Author
Joseph Rydholm, Quirk's Editor
Abstract
To determine its marketing efforts, Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, Ariz., uses a regular cycle of surveys to gauge community awareness and perceptions of the hospital. In addition to surveying community members, it also conducted patient satisfaction surveys.

Research with consumers points the way to personifying Mr. Coffee for a new advertising campaign

Published
March 1992
Authors
David M. Morawski and Lacey J. Zachary
Abstract
Mr. Coffee conducted research to develop and monitor the Mr. Coffee brand personification campaign. The company used a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, including focus groups, nationally-distributed questionnaires, in-house interviews and a tracking study with a national sample of over 1,000 participants.

Focus groups tell Ethan Allen its redesigned logo stylishly combines the old and the new

Published
November 1992
Author
Joseph Rydholm, Quirk's Editor
Abstract
Ethan Allen conducted focus groups to create a logo that communicated the changes at Ethan Allen while preserving existing customer loyalty. The focus groups gathered input from long-term customers, recent customers and potential customers.

Beyond human oddities: how to mine consumer brains to build powerful brands

Published
May 1998
Author
Tracy Teweles
Abstract
Consumers have relationships with brands and categories. This article discusses the consumer-product/category interaction and how to measure underlying category and brand experience in order to strengthen brands.

Advertising: today's sale or brand-building for tomorrow?

Published
May 2000
Author
Margaret H. Blair
Abstract
This article reviews the empirical evidence that demonstrates that there is no such thing as brand building for tomorrow without brand building and sales today. The article examines definitions, branding today and tomorrow, a branding model and case studies.

Creating loyalty on the Web

Published
February 2001
Author
Robert Passikoff
Abstract
Brands have grown in importance over the decades. This article discusses brands and branding, including defining brand equity, measuring e-brand equity, and an example.

What to look for in developing global brand advertising

Published
November 2003
Author
Charles Young
Abstract
This article discusses global brand advertising development, including creative options and international barriers to universal executional effectiveness.

It's the user satisfaction, stupid

Published
January 2004
Author
Sarah Hiner
Abstract
Though corporate Web sites are not products in the literal sense, they serve as powerful brand image communicators. While companies conduct large amounts of research on their actual products and services, many err by failing to seek user input when developing or refining their Web sites - which can lead to alienated or frustrated users. The author provides a brief overview of the steps companies should take to gauge their site’s usability.

Getting kids to notice your brand

Published
February 2004
Author
Martin Lindstrom
Abstract
Companies wishing to attract the attention of tween consumers must throw out their ideas of conventional marketing and embrace a new, 24/7 approach. Based on research with tweens across the world, the author explores some successful tween-aimed marketing programs and offers advice on how marketers can create their own buzz with this important audience.

Getting the right answer from cost-reduction research

Published
May 2004
Authors
Randy Brooks, Robert Kushner and Aileen Beatty
Abstract
When manufacturers look to cost reductions as a means of competing with private-label offerings, testing must be done with extreme care and a focus on sensitivity.

Trade Talk: Creating, growing and defending your brand

Published
May 2004
Author
Joseph Rydholm, Quirk's Editor
Abstract
Reviews of four brand-related books: Brand Harmony, Brand Driven, Global Brand Strategy, and Defending the Brand.

How to re-brand a hospital

Published
June 2004
Author
David Kay
Abstract
Discusses the role of research in obtaining the input of the many stakeholders affected by the decision to re-brand a hospital.

How qualitative research can help you compete in a rapidly commoditizing world

Published
June 2004
Author
Andy Greenfield
Abstract
Qualitative research techniques such as video-enabled ethnography, one-on-ones and ideation sessions can lead to new insights and lift a company out of the mire of commoditization and product sameness.

Brand as story: A tale of two tellers

Published
December 2004
Author
Reyn Kinzey
Abstract
Consumers feel they know the story of a brand, and if brands deviate too much from that story, they can risk alienating much of their audience.

Understanding the effectiveness of television, online and magazine advertising in cross-media campaigns

Published
April 2006
Author
William Havlena
Abstract
The author uses data from his company’s CrossMedia Research studies to show how print, online and TV ads interact and how their individual and group impact can be measured and analyzed.

Research examines drivers of consumer trust in pharmaceutical and other brands

Published
June 2006
Authors
Alastair Bruce and Luc Rens
Abstract
Qualitative research across several sectors - automotive, finance, consumer electronics, etc. - sought to understand the drivers of brand trust. Across all sectors, consumers see brand trust as fueled by product quality, the brand’s leadership and innovation, familiarity, heritage, status, the endorsement of a family member or friend, and its maker’s social consciousness.

Food marketing to tweens and teens

Published
February 2005
Author
Ted Mininni
Abstract
Examines the effects that mothers and teens have on each other as buyers and consumers of products.