Purpose – The present paper seeks to analyse the role of brand images in consumer practices for uncovering brand strength. Design/methodology/approach – By employing a qualitative approach, data are analysed based on three elements that constitute the practices: objects (what tools or resources are required in the practice), images involved, and competences (what competences does the practice require). Findings – The authors suggest practices as an additional unit of analysis for understanding brand strength based on image. Towards this end, the paper identifies and systematically categorises consumer practices and proposes that consumers develop novel and personal practices related to brands. The findings reveal embedded brand strength in mundane, routinised practices. Originality/value – The paper presents a novel approach for understanding the past (image heritage) and current (image‐in‐use) dimensions of brand images and their embeddedness in consumer practices.
Journal of Product & Brand Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 20, 2011
Keywords: Image heritage; Image‐in‐use; Practice; Brand strength; Brand image; Consumers