Brand extension is a powerful marketing strategy that allows firms to offer new product categories, taking advantage from the original brand name and its positive associations. It helps firms to launch new products without the risks connected to the introduction of a new brand in the market. Firms have repeatedly adopted this marketing strategy, not always with success. Moreover, a bad brand extension performance might have negative consequences on the original brand/product, both in terms of brand reputation and market positioning. Indeed, consumers perceived fit, namely the perceived similarity between the core brand product and its extension, has a crucial impact on brand extension acceptability by the market. Because of the important role of consumers’ judgment, the identification of constructs that might support a good similarity perception can help firms to choose appropriate brand extension strategies. This paper presents an exploratory study focused on three products hypothetically introduced on the market by Coca Cola with the same core brand, in order to investigate the role trust might have to foster consumer perceived brand extension acceptability. The experimental set is based on an energy drink, that can be considered as part of the same product category, chips and a chocolate bar, belonging to food category. For each product, consumers acceptability depends on product category fit and brand level fit, both these last two constructs depending in turn on brand trust. The results show that cognitive brand trust can sustain a high product category perceived fit, whereas affective brand trust supports high brand level fit.

Brand Extension Acceptability in Food and Beverage Product Categories / Martini, Maria Cristiana; Galli, Giovanna; Tedeschi, Marcello. - In: JOURNAL OF EMERGING TRENDS IN MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 2537-5865. - (2018), pp. 166-175. ((Intervento presentato al convegno Emerging Trends in Marketing and Management tenutosi a Bucharest, Romania nel September 27th-29th, 2018.

Brand Extension Acceptability in Food and Beverage Product Categories

Maria Cristiana MARTINI;Giovanna GALLI;Marcello TEDESCHI
2018

Abstract

Brand extension is a powerful marketing strategy that allows firms to offer new product categories, taking advantage from the original brand name and its positive associations. It helps firms to launch new products without the risks connected to the introduction of a new brand in the market. Firms have repeatedly adopted this marketing strategy, not always with success. Moreover, a bad brand extension performance might have negative consequences on the original brand/product, both in terms of brand reputation and market positioning. Indeed, consumers perceived fit, namely the perceived similarity between the core brand product and its extension, has a crucial impact on brand extension acceptability by the market. Because of the important role of consumers’ judgment, the identification of constructs that might support a good similarity perception can help firms to choose appropriate brand extension strategies. This paper presents an exploratory study focused on three products hypothetically introduced on the market by Coca Cola with the same core brand, in order to investigate the role trust might have to foster consumer perceived brand extension acceptability. The experimental set is based on an energy drink, that can be considered as part of the same product category, chips and a chocolate bar, belonging to food category. For each product, consumers acceptability depends on product category fit and brand level fit, both these last two constructs depending in turn on brand trust. The results show that cognitive brand trust can sustain a high product category perceived fit, whereas affective brand trust supports high brand level fit.
Emerging Trends in Marketing and Management
Bucharest, Romania
September 27th-29th, 2018
166
175
Martini, Maria Cristiana; Galli, Giovanna; Tedeschi, Marcello
Brand Extension Acceptability in Food and Beverage Product Categories / Martini, Maria Cristiana; Galli, Giovanna; Tedeschi, Marcello. - In: JOURNAL OF EMERGING TRENDS IN MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 2537-5865. - (2018), pp. 166-175. ((Intervento presentato al convegno Emerging Trends in Marketing and Management tenutosi a Bucharest, Romania nel September 27th-29th, 2018.
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