Charles Blankson, Stanley Coffie
September 27, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9781138489332 - CAT# K349809
Series: Routledge Focus on Business and Management
Brand management to sustain corporate reputation and customer loyalty is essential for both multinationals and indigenous firms in Africa. This book provides a practical overview of country branding and positioning activities in Africa, based on a broad definition of base of the pyramid (BoP) marketing which includes both goods and services, as well as business to business marketing, corporate branding, and country branding.
The text highlights brand strategies that can be adopted in BoP markets as well as marketing mix strategies appropriate for much of the continent. Taking into account the role of social networks, culture and religion for developing and building competitive advantage, the book explores in detail how South Africa and Ghana leverage country branding.
The book is ideal for researchers , educators and advanced students in international marketing, management, and brand strategy who are interested in the unique branding characteristics of the African continent.
1. Introduction 2. Positioning strategies for branding services in BoPM. 3: Marketing mix strategies for service brands in BoPM in Africa. 4. Positioning strategies and positioning activities of upscale retailers in BoPM in Africa. 5. Social networks and relationships for positioning micro and small businesses in Africa. 6. Branding nation states – South Africa and Ghana 7. Corporate reputation, brand crisis, and customer loyalty in BoPM and developed economies. 8: Conclusion.
"This is an important book. Why? It focuses on Africa, the "last frontier" in business, with insights for all BoPMs as well; it covers a lot of territory on brand positioning strategy, in contexts from retailing and social networks to corporate reputation and nation branding; and it is written by two eminent scholars who know both Africa and positioning better than most. Therefore it is a must-read for anyone interested in its theme." — Nicolas Papadopoulos, Chancellor's Professor of Marketing and International Business, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
"A long overdue book, containing many rich insights of the peculiarities of branding and positioning in African markets. The scope of the content, from micro and small businesses to nation brands, from services brands to corporate brands, makes this book an invaluable resource for both brand managers and scholars." — Francesca Dall’Olmo Riley, Professor of Brand Management at Kingston Business School, UK