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In addition, consumers in the age of Internet can be empowered by their moderate control over brand direction to express their opinions Bauhau Co-creation allows customers to design products themselves, which rewards them with a sense of accomplishment e. Web bloggers also can feel empowered by expressing their observations about matters and issues important to them.

Furthermore, the virtual brand community gives an opportunity for members to co-create value for themselves, other members, and the brand by sharing their interests in an interactive platform. As a place of information sharing, emotional support, and collective value creation, this community forms emotional bonds among its members and generates a feeling of empowerment among its members Brodie et al. The following companies have been successful in using empowerment as an emotional branding strategy. Dove sells beauty products for both men and women of all different shapes, sizes and color.

The productions featured real women and did not digitally alter their appearance, with the goal of helping the next generation develop a positive relationship with their appearance. This campaign has made a noticeable impact on the way modern women view beauty, and empowered women to feel comfortable in their own skin Earl The brand advertises that loyalty with Nike will give the energy and motivation to overcome the laziness people may face on a daily basis. Once this is overcome, anything is possible.

No longer a pastime exclusively for children, coloring books have appealed to millennials around the world as an activity to relieve stress and reduce anxiety.

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Timberland has embraced and marketed this trend as a contributor to the mindful and creative community Birkner The adult book was available in the April issue of Marie Claire, at Timberland stores and on its website. Timberland customers were invited to co-create designs by coloring in illustrations and meeting with Lavelanet in person at select Timberland stores to customize the book. Furthermore, Timberland hosted coloring events at its stores in New York and Chicago. Clearly, Timberland has developed a creative way of empowering adults by incorporating co-creation on social media and through community involvement.

In this fiercely competitive retail environment where countless brands provide similar products and service with good quality, consumers would turn to brands that appeal to their emotion. Retailers who direct their strategies toward meeting these consumer desires have been successful via sensory branding, storytelling, cause branding, and empowerment. Fashion by its nature is an emotional product that fulfills the needs and desires of consumers.

Therefore, it is imperative for fashion brands to employ emotional branding strategies in reaching their target customers with messages that speak to their heart. Fashion retailers can employ to increase consumer involvement and strong emotional bonds with their brand. First, fashion retailers can involve consumers in consumption experiences. The heightened use of senses leads to an emotional bond with the brand.

As the consumer associates his or her life story with the brand narrative, a strong consumer-brand emotional bond develops, which increases loyalty and the possibility that the consumer will act as a brand ambassador. Third, fashion retailers can use cause-related branding strategies to emotionally connect with their target consumers.

Mutual support of a valued cause can increase brand attachment and brand loyalty. Lastly, brands can empower consumers to achieve their goals and express their identities, resulting in an emotional bond between the consumer and brand. These suggested strategies can help brands to build emotional connections with their current and potential customers, leading to true brand loyalty.

Capitalizing on the up-and-coming trends of emotional branding, academics can conduct research to provide meaningful implications to practitioners. While this study provides insights to emotional branding, rigorous empirical research is necessary to validate and revise the model Fig. We provide several suggestions for future research.

First, demographic differences in consumer behaviors can be incorporated in market trends and emotional branding strategies. Demographic variables, especially gender and generation, are fundamental and easy-to-target variables to marketers and thus have been employed in identifying consumer segments Kim et al.

Therefore, these variables, along with other demographic variables e. This examination will provide additional implications to fashion retailers in attracting their target consumers. Second, negative aspects of emotional branding could be examined in how they threaten brand image. For example, if brand strategies are perceived as unauthentic or manipulative, they could risk consumer disfavor or boycott.

In this sense, examining marketplace trends from both positive and negative perspectives can provide more extensive approaches to branding strategies to warrant long-term success in this rapidly changing, consumer-driven market. Third, while we have identified successful emotional strategies used by fashion retailers in apparel, skin and beauty products, and home furnishings, additional research is needed to establish the applicability of these practices to intangible services such as restaurants, cafes, and hotels. Although emotional branding strategies of fashion retailers involve promoting and selling both products and services, consumers experience different emotional responses toward intangible services Morrison and Frederick Finally, as retail becomes more competitive between traditional brick-and-mortar retailers and non-traditional digital retailers, it would be interesting to compare these two retail formats regarding how consumer trends influence emotional branding strategies and which emotional branding strategies lead to stronger brand loyalty.

Although researchers note that digital retailing is growing faster and generates more positive consumer emotions than in the past, empirical research has not been conducted to validate this notion. Therefore, researchers can conduct empirical investigation to extend the emotional branding model to the contexts of various retail formats such as traditional retailers, social media, and omni-channel retailers.

YK reviewed the literature, developed the model, and made a major contribution to developing the manuscript. PS made a major contribution to developing the cases and also reviewed the literature. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript. Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Skip to main content Skip to sections. Advertisement Hide. Download PDF. Fashion and Textiles December , Cite as. Open Access. First Online: 06 February Introduction In an ever-changing and highly competitive market, fashion brands struggle to distinguish themselves to increasingly apathetic consumers Clark Furthermore, we posit emotional branding is an essential strategic practice, especially to fashion brands, in a ruthless retail environment.

As Morrison and Frederick suggested, creating emotional brand experiences and managing emotional branding strategies requires an integrated approach. First, we explore marketplace trends that support emotional branding defined by consumer experiences, authentic self, warm glow, and co-creation. Second, we propose a model for emotional branding strategies relevant to the fashion industry in terms of sensory branding, storytelling, cause branding, and empowerment. It is important to note that one or multiple marketplace trends are reflected in strategies discussed in this study.

Hence, we recommend that retailers use any of these strategies, or a combination of them, to improve brand loyalty. Open image in new window. Sephora Sephora is a company that utilizes sensory branding. Hollister Hollister Co. Chanel Chanel incorporates recurring colors of black and white as brand recognition in all its channels Chanel Floraison Lululemon Athletica Lululemon Athletica manufactures and sells yoga related sportswear and gear. Burberry Since Thomas Burberry started Burberry brand in , his company was known for high quality trench coats and its signature plaid.

Junk Gypsy Junk Gypsy Co. Love Your Melon Love Your Melon is an online apparel brand that sells beanies and hats to support the fight against pediatric cancer. Dove Dove sells beauty products for both men and women of all different shapes, sizes and color. Timberland No longer a pastime exclusively for children, coloring books have appealed to millennials around the world as an activity to relieve stress and reduce anxiety.

Acknowledgements Not applicable. Competing interests The authors declare that they have no competing interests. Availability of data and materials Not applicable. Funding Not applicable. Acharya, M. The emotional branding process. Ruchi, R. Chhikara, K. Kataria Eds. IGI Global: Pennsylvania.

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Furthermore, up to date the research has only focused on the industries that are most conducive for personal branding. We do not know much about the challenges of creating and maintaining personal brands in settings that are not conducive or outright preclusive of self-promotion, at least, to the outside world. The limited amount of industries and roles studied to date, as well as small samples in those studies, renders scarce opportunities to generalize the knowledge and make conclusive statements about extrapolating the findings.

Additionally, the majority of the empirical studies took place in European, Australian, or North American settings, so the possible research directions could lead scholars to test the theoretical premises of personal branding in other cultures. We conclude that the academic interest in the concept of personal branding is growing, and that a better understanding of how a personal brand is constructed and managed in the modern labor markets characterized by frequent job changes, project-based work engagements, and increasing job insecurity is needed. This literature review contributes to the field of personal branding by consolidating the extant research, proposing an integrative definition of personal branding and personal brand, developing a conceptual personal branding model, and discussing future research directions that could stimulate the advancement of our knowledge on the topic.

By showing that personal branding is a distinct construct that spans a number of disciplines, we point to an opportunity for a closer integration of traditionally individual-driven career efforts and organization-driven human resources practices to help the employees create effective personal brands, benefitting both the individual and the firm. This paper casts but a glimpse of light into the confusion and uncertainty around the merging spheres of personal and professional. Research and practice have a chance to expand the theory and provide guidance on successfully navigating the current employment reality.

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