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BRAND ASSOCIATIONS AND CONSUMER PERCEPTIONS OF VALUE OF PRODUCTS BY NZUKI KITHUNG’A PETER UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI PAPER PRESENTED TO SUPPLY OF ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS (SAP) CONTENTS Page 1. Background Aim of a disgrace and Its Avail 2. Theoretical Frametoil on Disgrace Associations Perceptual Compass of Disgrace Associations Disgrace Associations and Esteem Fabrication Disgrace Union and Esteem Fabrication Type 3. Size of Disgrace Associations Hither Structured Approaches Structured Approaches 4. Research in Disgrace Associations Disgrace Extensions Branding State ofOrigin Eminence Disgrace Preferences Consequence Attributes Disgrace Associations and Disgrace Equity 5. Critique of Lore in Disgrace Associations Techniques used Opesound Definitions Clarity of Fiction Disgrace Union Ability Other Constructs Moderating Variables 6. Future Lore Directions Theoretical and Conducive constructs Techniques Used Multiple Segments Industrial outcome and Services 7. References 3 4 9 10 12 14 15 2 1. 0 Introduction A lucky disgrace is the most precious expedients a society has. In truth, one instance speculates that disgraces are so precious that companies allure future apprehend a “statement of esteem” addendum to their neutralize sheets to apprehend intangibles such as the esteem oftheir disgraces. Brands are used as conspicuous cues to critique, scheme, limit, prestige, esteem and so forth. In other say, consumers consort the esteem of a consequence delay the disgrace. For stance, the esteem of Kodak, Sony, Coca-cola, Toyota and Marlboro is unquestionable. One connoisseur of the esteem of Coca-cola, the world’s most precious disgrace, locates it at balance $35 billion. How does a disgrace imagine esteem to the customer? Why do regular disgraces conduct past esteem than others? Naturally, companies delay such robust disgraces aim to use those disgraces globally (apply them). The scope of this brochure is to resurvey scholarship on the kernel unions ofbrands used to collocation disgraces as strategies to imagine competitive advantages. 1. 1 Aim of a disgrace and Its Avail A disgrace is a distinguishing spectry and/or symbol! ntended to unity the outcome or practicements of either one seller or a assembly of sellers, and to mass those outcome or practicements from those of adversarys (Aaker, 1991; Stanton, 1994, and Kotler, 1996). A disgrace thus signals to the customer the spring ofthe consequence, and protects twain the customer and the creator from adversarys who would force to arrange consequences that show to be stubbornsame. Ancient truth arranges decomcomlie of the avail of disgraces. In those days, spectrys were put on such outcome as bricks in ordain to warrant their maker (Farquhar, 1989). It is too disclosed that occupation guilds in medieval Europe used occupationmarks to promise the customer and arrange legitimate refuge to the creator. In the future sixteen-century, Whisky distillers shipped their consequences in wooden barrels delay the spectry of the creator burned 3 into the barrel. The spectry showed the consumer who the maker (brewer) was and prevented the superabundance of cheaper consequences. In 1835, a disgrace of scotch individualized “Old Smuggler” was introduced in ordain to capitalize on the guardency tone exposed by bootleggers who used a proper distilling course (Aaker, 1991). Although disgraces conduct crave had a role to play in intercourse, it was not until the twentieth seniority that disgraceing and disgrace union became so accessible to adversarys. In truth, a distinguishing idiosyncrasy of later chaffering has been its rendezvous upon the fabrication of massd disgrace unions to accentuate the bases of irrelativeiation. The conception has been to impel excite property to disgraceed consequences - to impair the chief of figure upon the acquisition indulgent. Consumers consort the esteem of the consequence delay the disgrace. The disgrace can remove either a definitive or a denying notice encircling the consequence to the consumer (Kim and Chung, 1997, p. 361). The belowlying esteem of a disgrace is frequently installed upon restricted union of a “use composition” such as center onslaught interruption can arrange a conclude-to-buy which can entice customers. Such an union states the consequence’s aim to customers. Disgrace unions state bases for acquisition indulgent and for disgrace fealty. Tclose are a assemblage of feasible unions that a robust can raise in a disgrace. Not all unions deficiency to be built but rather those that undeviatingly or inundeviatingly desire consumers’ buying behaviour. Consequence signs (customer uses) are an speaking dispose of unions, but tclose are others that can be speaking in some compositions (Aaker, p. 114). The subjoined exception deals delay the disgrace unions that a robust can raise and how they imagine esteem to twain the robust and consumer. 2. Theoretical Frametoil on Disgrace Associations 2. 1 Perceptual Compass of Disgrace Associations As glorious elsewclose in this brochure, disgrace union is anything that is linked in perpetuation to a disgrace (Aaker, p. 09). The union cogitate the truth consequences are used to pointed lifestyles inasmuch-as other unions cogitate political collocations, and authoritative roles. Still others allure cogitate unions involving consequence impressions, metaphors of inhabitants who command use the consequence, stores that take the consequence, or salesinhabitants who manipulate the consequence or smooth the state of cause. Keller (1998) settles disgrace unions as notificational nodes linked to the disgrace node in perpetuation that contains the aim of the disgrace for 4 consumers. These unions apprehend cognizances of disgrace guardency and attitudes towards the disgrace. Keller and Aaker twain show to hypothesize that consumer cognizances of disgrace are multi-dimensional yet divers of the compass they warrant show to be very resembling. The fiction that a amiable-natured-tempered-tempered or a practicement has in the spirit of the consumer how it is - collocationed probably past speaking to its extreme consummation than are its actual idiosyncrasys. Marketers try to collocation their disgraces so that they are moved by the consumer to fit a embossed niche in the chafferlocate a niche impeded by no other - consequence (Schiffman and Kanuk, 1994) According to Aaker (1991) tclose are at last nine disgrace unions. The unions remove either the concept, or the aim of the consequence in provisions of how it fulfils a customers deficiency. In todays exceedingly competitive environment a embossed consequence fiction is most speaking. As consequences grace past intricate and the chaffer locate past condensed, consumers lean past on the consequences fiction than its actual signs in making acquisition indulgents. One of the disgrace unions that a robust can use in irrelativeiating its consequence is Customer use Customer use adverts to the deficiency that is satisfied by a consequence. For stance, planeness regulate by a toothpaste is a customer use. Customer use may be sound, metaphysical (emotional) use, or stubborn- pointedive use. A sound use is closely linked to a consequence’s sign and would be sever of a “rational” indulgent course. A metaphysical use describes to what emotions are engendered when buying and! or using the disgrace (Aaker, p. 1 19). An stance of a sound use for a computer to a consumer would be its influence not to flowing toil inasmuch-as a metaphysical use would be the emotion of entity authoritative. For a car, the guarder use would be the emotion of protection when driving it as a pushr of a Volvo car would touchstoneify. The stubborn-telling use describes to the influence of a disgrace to succor a consumer to promulgate his or her stubborn-image. Gone consumers conduct multiple roles, the consumer has an consortd stubborn-concept and a deficiency to pointed that stubborn-concept. The acquisition and use of disgraces is one way to ftilfil the deficiency for stubborn-expression (Aaker, 1991). He gives the stance of a consumer who may settle him/herselfas lucky and stanch by driving a Mercedes Benz, 5 Consequence signs These advert to a consequence’s idiosyncrasys. Attributes are consortd delay a consequence’s sound use. For stance, a Volvo car’s sign is durability. Similarly, a shampoo’s sign would be its protection to use integral day. A chafferer requires to warrant an sign that is speaking to a great part-among-shapeless and not already claimed by a adversary, e. g an sign that spreads bigwig extra (love portions or practicements that spread bigwig amend). The identification of an unmet customer gist can sometimes administer to an sign previously repudiate by adversarys (Aaker, p. 115). Indeed, unmet deficiencys are strategically speaking accordingly they can state opportunities for robusts that lack to fashion great impels in the chaffer. Use / impression A chafferer can consort a disgrace delay a severicular use or impression. For stance, a beer can be consortd delay amiable-natured-tempered-tempered friends in a glowing political enhancement. A con-aggravate of the coffee chaffer orthodox that tclose were nine pertinent use compositions for coffee (Glen, et al, 1984). User / Customer Another way of collocationing a disgrace is to consort it delay a metaphor ofuser or customer. This implicates warranting the disgrace delay its target part-among. For stance, a disgrace can be consortd delay those who are careful in gravity regulate as would be the pvolatile of a new offal. Celebrity /Celebritv This is the restricted who endorses a disgrace. Linking a eminence delay a disgrace can exchange unions such as reliability, ability, execution, and so on. The apply to which the union can be linked to the eminence exists on how likely the peculiar is moved by the hearers. Specifically, a spring is past insinuating when the hearers moves him or her as exceedingly likely than when moved s entity low in accuracy (DeLozier, 1976). In other say, the peculiar deficiency not be likely but it is how the consumers move him. Lifestyle / Sameness ‘The disgrace can be viewed as a peculiar. Love a peculiar, a disgrace can be moved as entity suitable, real, free, or puerile (Aaker, 1996). A disgrace peculiarality may succor promulgate a consequence’s sign and thus subscribe to a administrative use. Similarly, it can succor imagine a stubborn-telling use that graces a walk for the customer to pointed his or her own peculiarality. Competitors A robust collocations its disgrace using the organization’s signs such as newfangledness, a push for guardency, and a regret for the environment. A robust can collocation its disgrace delay honor to a adversary. Sometimes it is not speaking how amiable-natured-tempered-tempered customers conceive a robust is, but how they prize it is amend than a dedicated adversary. While this disgrace union can be accomplicast by uniformityately advertising, it is not usually conceded in some countries (Cateora, 1996). State of Cause One past strategic non-interference that a chafferer has is to consort a disgrace delay a state. The state of cause has an consequence on the chaffer’s cognizance of a consequence either a definitive - or a denying cognizance. Cateora (1996) asserts that a society competing in global chaffers may make consequences world-wide and when the customer graces assured of the state of cause, tclose is the possibility that the locate of make allure desire consequence/disgrace fiction (p. 349). The bias may be to add accuracy or to inferior it. 2. 2 Disgrace Union and Esteem Fabrication Disgrace unions are advantageous to chafferers. Marketers use disgrace unions to mass, collocation, and apply disgraces, to imagine definitive attitudes and emotions towards disgraces, and to allude-to signs or uses of purchasing or using a restricted disgrace (Aaker, 1991). However, disgrace unions are of past use to the customer than the chafferer. The way a disgrace union imagines esteem to the customer allure exist on the customer’s cognizance of esteem. For each restricted, truth is a entirely peculiaral regard, installed on that peculiar’s deficiencys, lacks, and peculiaral enlightenments. Customers 7 integralwclose answer to fictions, myths, and metaphors that succor them settle their peculiaral identities. Thus, irrelative customers allure move truth irrelatively. Indeed, Schiffrnan & Kanuk et al (1996, p. 61) contends that although two restricteds may be matter to the stubbornselfcongruous stimuli below unctuous the stubbornselfcongruous provisions, the way they concede them, selecteded them, arrange them, and expound them is a exceedingly restricted course installed on each peculiar’s own deficiencys, esteems, and expectations. The belowlying esteem of a disgrace spectry frequently is its set of unions — its aim to inhabitants. Associations, according to Aaker (1991) state the bases for acquisition indulgents and for disgrace fealty. Tclose are a assemblage of feasible unions and a multiformity of ways they can arrange esteem (p. 110). He identifies the subjoined as the feasible ways in which unions imagine esteem to the customer: succoring to course / recaggravate notification encircling a disgrace; generating a conclude to buy, and creating definitive attitudes / emotions. 2. 3 Disgrace Associations and Esteem of Products Type Disgrace unions succor consumers connoisseur the esteem of a consequence. For stance, state of cause biass consumers in making connoisseurments as to whether a consequence is of esteem or not. Consumers guard to conduct coarse but subordinately unsettled stereotypes encircling restricted countries and restricted disgraces that they connoisseur “best”. For stance, French aroma, Italian leather, Japanese electronics and so on (Cateora, 1996; p. 349). Using the stance of state of cause as a premise forjudging esteem of consequences, a type for disgrace unions and consumer cognizances of esteem of consequences can be delineateed schematically as in the subjoined diagram (Figure 1) Associations • • • • • • • • Consequence signs Relative figure Use / Impression User / Customer Eminence / Peculiar Life Style/Personality Competitions State of Cause • Esteem Course / Recaggravate Notification • Reason-to-buy Imagine Definitive attitudes • Figure 1: Conceptual Frametoil of the consequences of disgrace union on moved esteem. 8 The type shows that a consequence is of esteem to the customer and future it can be bought to assure a deficiency existing on its signs, its use, or whether it can be consortd delay a severicular customer assembly. Similarly, a consumer allure regard a consequence as entity precious if he/she can consort it delay a regular eminence, lifestyle or state of’ cause. Proponents of disgrace collocationing allude-to that disgraces should lay-open independent fictions and that these fictions allure entice restricted consumer part-among-shapeless (Hoek, et al, 2000). Consequently, the consumer part-among-shapeless allure see the disgrace as entity precious to them. How’ do chafferers individualize the disgrace unions that remove the esteem of a disgrace to the consumer? Union lore (lore on disgrace unions) is speaking to chafferers gone they would lack to reach an insightful draw of how a disgrace is moved by consumers as courteous as its adversarys. The techniques that conduct been utilized by robusts to mete disgrace unions make sever of the plain exception. 3. Size of Disgrace Associations One of the key functions of disgrace skillful-treatment is to conduct one leap afore ofcompetitors by imprinting the disgrace robustly on the consumer psyche — and conduct it tclose (Emerald, 2000). A robust accordingly requires belowstanding consumer cognizances of its disgrace(s) visa-avis those of adversarys. This calls for the metement of disgrace unions. The techniques used to consummate this external can be assemblyed into two categories structured and structured techniques ( Aaker, 1991; Low & Lamb, 2000). — hither- 3. 1 Transitive Techniques The accessible portion of all transitive techniques is the bestowal ot’an unintelligible, unstructured view, motive, or peculiar that a answerent is asked to expound and lucid-up (Aaker, et al, 1998). These writers conwatch that transitive techniques are used when it is prized that answerents allure not or cannot answer aimfully to plain interrogations encircling (1) the concludes for regular behaviours or attitudes or (2) what the act ofbuying, owning, or using a disgrace resources to them (p. 1 98). Respondents may be loth or pliant to communicate emotions, thoughts, and attitudes when asked plain interrogations for a estimate of concludes. First, they may be loth accordingly they move the notification is 9 embarrassing or retired (Aaker, 1991; p 136). Alternatively, answerents may merely b pliant to arrange notification as to why they buy regular items accordingly they do not kno tile actual concludes. Man of transitive techniques filled in the metement of disgrace unions are meant to oration gists aforementioned gone they assign the answerent to drawing h stubborn or him-stubborn into a composition, which bypasses the inhibitions, or limitations of past plain interrogationing (Aaker, p. 136). The techniques implicate rendezvousing on a discourse upo the use enlightenment, the indulgent course, the disgrace user, or off- the- glacis perspectives such as regarding the disgrace to be a peculiar or an voluptuous. Another idiosyncrasy of drawingion lore is the use of unintelligible stimuli, wherein tclose is insubservience to drawing enlightenments, attitudes, and cognizances. Tclose are divers transitive (indirect) approaches to belowstanding disgrace unions. The uniformly used methods are order union, draw total, Thematic Apcognizance Tests, passage total, and fiction total (Aaker, 1991; Kotler an Armstrong, 1996; Aaker, et a! 1998). 3. 2 Structured Approaches According to Aaker (1991), structured approaches implicate scaling disgraces upon a set of compass. He contends that scaling approaches are past external and real than necessary approaches gone they are hither pliant to matterive expoundation. Scaling consumer cognizances implicates the indulgent of perceptual compass, identification of the target part-among. and the expoundation ofthe disgrace profiles. The perceptual compass may apprehend the consequence signs and uses, user ofthe disgrace, or pertinent adversarys (Day, et al, 1979). Scaling methods that chafferers conduct utilized apprehend semantic irrelativeial (Fry and Claxton, 1971), Likert flake, conjoint resolution, and cosmical assemblying (Aaker, 1991). 4. Lore in Disgrace Associations Lore regard in disgraceing waits to be robust in the chaffering scholarship (Alden, et, al, 1999; Kirmani, et al, 1999). Likewise, chaffering directors wait to actualize the influence of disgraces conspicuous in the new-fangled efforts of divers companies to raise robust Internet “brands” such as amazon. com and msn. com (Narisetti, 1998). The way consumers move disgrace is a key determinant of crave-term trade — consumer relations. Hence, raiseing robust disgrace cognizances is a top direction for divers robusts today (Morris. 1996). Divers of the studies involving disgraces conduct rendezvoused on the consequence signs or uses. Aaker and Stayman (1991) conducted a con-aggravate to touchstone whether two disgraces of beer had recognized unions delay their use compositions in provisions of whether the consumers felt “warm”, “friendly”, “healthy”, and "wholesome” in using the beers. They filled draw expoundation as a technique to consummate their external. The findings were that one disgrace ofbeer was consortd delay “warm” and “friendly” compass inasmuch-as the other disgrace was evaluated eminent on “healthy” and “wholesome”. Hoek et al (2000) using necessary interviews investigated the picturesque and evaluative signs filled by consumers in choosing consequences of esteem to them. Their findings orthodox that picturesque signs individualize the uniformity of consumers who wait favourable attitudes encircling the disgrace. However, the findings did not arrange enlightenment on how picturesque signs desire consumer’s behaviour. Although picturesque signs could be predicted, the signs had singly a pliant relation delay exercise behaviour and so arranged disgrace directors delay diminutive direction. Again, the con-aggravate allude-toed that craveitudinal toil was required to investigate whether balance interval, users of a consequence predicament who consort picturesque signs delay a disgrace they do not currently use smoothtually go on to acquisition that disgrace. While divers studies conduct rendezvoused consequence signs, others conduct pursued the sequence of disgrace extensions (Keller, 1990; Smith and Park, 1992; Broniarczyk and Alba, 1994, Srinivas, et al, 1994). Others conduct guarded to dcourteous on disgraceing (Rooney, 1995) and disgrace preferences (Aireck and Settle, 1999). Studies that conduct rendezvoused restrictedally on disgrace unions are those of Kim and Chung (1997), Till (1998), and Chen (2001). Kim and Chung (1997) in their con-aggravate on the consequence of state of cause and the esteem ofa consequence identified that the disgrace can remove either a definitive or denying notice encircling the consequence to the consumer on the premise of wclose it is made. Till (1998) forceed to warrant how eminence endorsers can be used consequenceively in advertising. Although the con-aggravate did not rendezvous on the consequence of eminence as 11 creating the esteem of a consequence, it cast volatile on how endorsers can be used to succor consumers to recaggravate notification on a disgrace to buy (a esteem to the consumer). Ihe con-aggravate by (Then (2001) may be guarded as one of the studies that were undeviatingly kindred to disgrace unions and how they’ imagine esteem of consequences. The scope of the lore was to identif the metaphors of disgrace unions and to investigate the relation hetween union idiosyncrasys and disgrace equity. The findings orthodox that tclose were two disgrace unions disgrace’s equity — — administrative sign and organizational sign that subscribe to a either low or exalted equity. 5. Critique of the Researches in Disgrace Associations Marketing loreers conduct not used agreeing limitation or metement technique to assess consumer cognizances of disgraces and the esteem they connect to such disgraces. Keller (1998) regards disgrace unions as consisting of disgrace fiction, disgrace enlightenment, and disgrace assuredness. He excite says that disgrace unions apprehend cognizances of disgrace guardency and attitudes towards the disgrace, These constructs can be labelled as consequence signs according to Kotler and Armrobust (1996). Yet Aaker (1991) clfuture says that the concepts describe to independent categories of disgrace unions, each signifying a irrelative exposure ofthe disgrace. He contends that a disgrace director allure be largely careful in those unions that undeviatingly or inundeviatingly desire buying behaviour and whether they are robust and shared by divers or pliant and conwatch from peculiar to peculiar (p. 113). Keller and Aaker twain show to hypothesize those consumer cognizances ofbrands and future unions are multi-dimensional, yet divers of the compass they warrant show to be very resembling. Furthermore, Aaker’s and Keller’s conceptualisation of consumers’ metaphysical stateation of disgraces conduct not been mattered to tentative validation. Consequently, it is involved to individualize ifthe multitudinous concepts they sift-canvass, such as disgrace attitudes, moved guardency, and customer uses are disjoined compass of disgrace unions (multi-dimensional) as they intend, or they are merely indicators of disgrace unions (uni-dimensional). The promote stricture levelled opposite studies on disgrace unions is the metement techniques filled. Divers of the methods used such as the transitive techniques guard to be past matterive and practice narrow samples (Aaker, 1991). Smooth those that are 12 guarded as entity external and real than necessary approaches i. e. , scaling methods countenance tile gist of security. Aaker (1991) observes that tclose is constantly a regret delay the security of the scaling drudgery. Can a answerent really collocation beers on an “aged a crave interval” extent? He observes that tclose is the possibility ofunfamiliaritv delay one or past of the disgraces, The other gist is that the answerent may be pliant to belowstand operationally what “aged” resources, or how to evaluate a disgrace on this extent (p. 151). Thus any circumlocution in the flake or ininfluence of a answerent to use the flake allure desire security and reliinfluence ofthe results. The metement of disgrace unions deficiencys to be executed wit. h honor to a definitive part-among-shapeless delayin the compose of a competitive set of disgraces. This implies that disgrace unions and consumer cognizances of esteem ofproducts should be executed for one part-among. However, abundant of the interval the scaling drudgery should be executed for multiple part-amongs (Aaker, 1991). The twist close is that any pertinent part-among-shapeless settled by age, pay, exercise rate allure conduct irrelative cognizances from others. Marketers may not singly be careful in the unions delay the disgrace but too delay the union ability, that is, how certain the consumers are encircling the unions delay the disgrace. Similarly, the chafferer may be careful in belowstanding whether the consumers conduct a lucid fiction of the disgrace union. Tclose is yet another stricture on studies on disgrace unions. Tclose shows to be other emerging constructs for disgrace unions. Aaker (1991) arranges elsmooth metaphors of disgrace unions, which Kotler and Armrobust (1996) regard to be sever of the levels of a consequence. The interrogation close is how speaking these constructs are to a disgrace union metement? Again, which unions divide betwixt buyers and nonbuyers? Lastly, the type used as a premise for warranting disgrace unions and how they imagine the esteem of consequences is itstubborn interrogationable. Narisetti (1998) observes that technology plays a big role in disgrace unions and esteem of consequences. Wclose does technology fit in the type? Similarly, irreverence delay a disgrace shows to limited the extentality ofdisgrace unions. Wclose can this exposure be shown in the type? 13 6. Future Lore Directions Tclose is growing avail ol disgraces and consumer cognizances ot disgraces shapeless chaffering loreers. To oration this outcome, chafferers deficiency to lay-open great conceptual treatments of disgrace and unions and kindred outcomes. To consummate this external, it is urgent for the chafferers to scheme conducive metement of the constructs. : estimate of’ studies that force to mete some exposure of consumer disgrace unions do not use agreeing metement techniques. Again, tclose is deficiency to use methods that succor in discriminating betwixt disgraces. Indeed, Aaker (1991) contends that a great regardation is whether the perceptual compass divide betwixt disgraces. Ifa metement technique can be exposed to succor an sign to divide, i. e.. set one disgrace off opposite another, it command be estimate. He posits that truthor resolution may be a advantageous machine in reducing a set of truthors (associations) to a few truthors or compass by combining the say or phrases whose aims are resembling (p. 149). Secondly, the tentative toils operationally disgrace unions as uni-dimensional. Yet conceptual types delineate the disgrace unions as multi-dimensional (Keller and Aaker, 1997). Third, chafferers deficiency to practice multiple part-amongs in measuring the advantageousness of disgrace unions in succoring consumers on the cherished of consequences As glorious prior, any pertinent part-among-shapeless settled by age, lifestyle, or user status may courteous conduct irrelative erceptions from others. For stance, the user and nonuser assemblys truly frequently conwatch in their disgrace cognizances (Aaker, 1991, p. 151). Lastly, may of the studies conduct rendezvoused on consumer outcome Specifically, divers conduct been carried shapeless fast-moving consumer outcome (brands delay defective decline cycles that are tvpicafly bought from supermarkets) (Hoek, et al, 2000). Tclose is deficiency to rendezvous on industrial outcome or on practicements. It is accordingly intendd that a lore aimed at warranting the disgrace unions of industrial outcome or practicements would be past salubrious to academicians and practitioners. 4 REFERENCES Aaker, D. 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