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New-School brand creation and creativity – lessons from hip-hop and the global branded generation

New-School brand creation and creativity – lessons from hip-hop and the global branded generation

Wilson, Jonathan A.J. (2011) New-School brand creation and creativity – lessons from hip-hop and the global branded generation. Journal of Brand Management. ISSN 1350-231X (Print), 1479-1803 (Online) (doi:10.1057/bm.2011.7)

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Abstract

Whilst academic marketing literature exists on the value of Hip-Hop as a marketing tool, there appears to be less on Hip-Hop’s philosophical roots and why it proves to be so effective. This study attempts to fill this gap, investigating the apparent natural synergy with brand theory – in that they are both able to captivate and engage consumer-centric sub-cultural groups. Findings indicate that Brands and Hip-Hop weave themselves into the fabrics of society - creating social capital and providing a way for individuals to connect with the world. Through metaphor, slang, symbolism and sampling, they: recycle and preserve aspects of culture; but in doing so, also innovate. Two critical success factors in both appear to be: the ratification of authenticity, and an encouragement towards shared ownership. However in contrast, Hip-Hop places precedence on overt and clear signalling of competitive intent. The methodology used is an Expert Delphi study – which also draws from a review of song lyrics, participant observation studies and in-depth interviews. This provides a basis for inductive reasoning and syllogisms. The aim is two-fold: to present a new Hip-Hop inspired model for brand creation; and secondly to offer an innovative approach to in-depth qualitative studies, using ‘Word Cloud’ software.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hip hop, brand creation, brand culture, creativity, brand management, brand communities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 15:35
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/4623

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