Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to stimulate reflection on the concept of Mediterranean brands, to map and qualify their specific genetic make up and their influence on brand equity. Design/methodology/approach – From an overview of the available literature and using the brand genetics model, conceptual dimensions inherent to the Mediterranean brand are identified, so as to evaluate their contribution in the building and transfer of brand value. Findings – This paper shows how the properties of Mediterranean elements are reconciled with branding models and more in general, with sustainable business. Originality/value – The paper highlights the generating drivers of value from a Mediterranean marketing perspective. Management has to govern these strategically in order to retain lasting competitive advantage.
EuroMed Journal of Business – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 18, 2009
Keywords: Brands; Brand equity; Culture