Brand ‘infrastructure’ in nonprofit organizations: Challenges to successful brand building?

This source preferred by Chris Chapleo

Authors: Chapleo, C.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22627/

Journal: Journal of Marketing Communications

Volume: 21

Issue: 3

Pages: 199-209

Publisher: Routledge

eISSN: 1466-4445

ISSN: 1352-7266

DOI: 10.1080/13527266.2012.741609

The particular purpose of this study was to examine and explore the factors necessary within nonprofit organizations (NPOs) for successful branding, and challenges in their implementation. The approach was an appropriate inductive qualitative one, conducted through depth interviews with opinion formers. Although there has been some research into the variables necessary to successfully build brands, only limited work considers anything other than commercial branding contexts. The originality is that through this work both theory and practice of branding in NPOs will be better informed so that structures to support branding can be better managed. Factors considered important to branding were identified, particularly leadership, employee understanding and clear vision. It was interesting that respondents generally agreed that limited marketing budgets were not necessarily a major problem. The research also identified variables that contribute to a conceptual model of nonprofit brand management, experiential and emotional branding in particular being notable as offering possible platforms for differentiation. The work is exploratory in nature and therefore informs understanding of brand management in a nonprofit context and forms a basis for wider empirical testing.

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Authors: Chapleo, C.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22627/

Journal: Journal of Marketing Communications

Volume: 21

Issue: 3

Pages: 199-209

eISSN: 1466-4445

ISSN: 1352-7266

DOI: 10.1080/13527266.2012.741609

© 2013 Taylor & Francis. The particular purpose of this study was to examine and explore the factors necessary within nonprofit organizations (NPOs) for successful branding, and challenges in their implementation. The approach was an appropriate inductive qualitative one, conducted through depth interviews with opinion formers. Although there has been some research into the variables necessary to successfully build brands, only limited work considers anything other than commercial branding contexts. The originality is that through this work both theory and practice of branding in NPOs will be better informed so that structures to support branding can be better managed. Factors considered important to branding were identified, particularly leadership, employee understanding and clear vision. It was interesting that respondents generally agreed that limited marketing budgets were not necessarily a major problem. The research also identified variables that contribute to a conceptual model of nonprofit brand management, experiential and emotional branding in particular being notable as offering possible platforms for differentiation. The work is exploratory in nature and therefore informs understanding of brand management in a nonprofit context and forms a basis for wider empirical testing.

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