Exploring Brand Extensions in the Context of Franchising
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Although the brand concept is at the very core of franchising success, as it is the aspect of the business which allows for the franchisor's reputation and goodwill to be transferred, there has been minimal literary discussion on the importance and use of the brand leverage as a growth mechanism. More specifically, there has been no direct primary research involving franchise brand extensions and consumers' perceptions of these. This study, therefore, explores and compares consumer perceptions of brand extensions within the non-franchise sector and the franchise sector. Fifteen semi-structured interviews were conducted and analysed and the results reveal three unique findings that are categorised under (1) quality perceptions transfer; (2) difficult extensions, and (3) brand extension attitude override. In doing so, the foundation for further research in this important area is laid.
Proceedings of ANZMAC Conference 2009
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Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations)