Home List of Titles Managing integrated marketing communication (IMC) through strategic decoupling: how luxury wine firms retain brand leadership while appearing to be wedded to the past
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- Managing integrated marketing communication (IMC) through strategic decoupling: how luxury wine firms retain brand leadership while appearing to be wedded to the past
- Beverland, Michael; Luxton, Sandra
- Firms increasingly leverage cultural sources of authenticity in their communication strategies to derive competitive advantage and brand value. The management of authenticity presents problems for brand managers. This paper draws on institutional theory by examining how firms deliberately decouple projected images from internal operations to create powerful brand images. The authors explore the strategies of 26 prestige wineries across 5 countries, and find that brand managers deliberately decouple outward images from internal practices, walking a fine line between remaining "true" to important values and real commercial considerations. The findings challenge whether integrated marketing communication (IMC) always requires tight integration with internal operations (the "one voice, one look" view of IMC). Our findings have particular relevance for niche marketers.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Journal of Advertising, Vol. 34, no. 4 (Winter 2005), pp. 103-116
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 1505 Marketing; 1506 Tourism
- Advertising; Brand equity; Brand image; Brand loyalty; Communication in marketing; Competitive advantage; Integrated marketing; Market segmentation; Marketing; Performance; Wine industry; Wine making; Wineries
- M. E. Sharpe
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2005 American Academy of Advertising.
- Peer reviewed