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Brand Equity, Consumer Learning and Choice, Marketing Letters

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the links between brand equity, consumer learning and consumer choice processes in general and considering two recent trends in the market place: store brands and the Internet. We first review the advances that have occurred in brand equity research in marketing in the past decade, with particular emphasis on integrating the separate streams of research emanating from cognitive psychology and information economics. Brand equity has generally been defined as the incremental utility with which a brand endows a product, compared to its non-branded counterpart. We amplify this definition: we propose that brand equity be the incremental effect of the brand on all aspects of the consumer's evaluation and choice process. We propose an agenda of research based on this amplified definition.

Type

Article

Author(s)

Joffre Swait, Tulin Erdem, Susan Broniarczyk, Dipankar Chakravarti, Jean-Noel Kapferer, Michael Keane, John Roberts, Jan-Benedict E.M. Steenkamp, Florian Zettelmeyer

Date Published

1998

Citations

Swait, Joffre, Tulin Erdem, Susan Broniarczyk, Dipankar Chakravarti, Jean-Noel Kapferer, Michael Keane, John Roberts, Jan-Benedict E.M. Steenkamp, and Florian Zettelmeyer. 1998. Brand Equity, Consumer Learning and Choice. Marketing Letters. 10(3): 301-318.

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