Title: Place Branding: Glocal, Virtual and Physical Identities, Constructed, Imagined and Experienced
Authors: Govers, Robert
Go, Frank M.
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Palgrave Macmilllan
Abstract: How will places continue to compete for the attention of potential investors, migrant workers, traders, students or tourists in an overcrowded, globalised and increasingly online market? This book provides a new perspective on the subject of Place Branding. In particular, it capitalizes on gaps across the virtual and physical global economy and builds a comprehensive and structured overview of the relevant principles, philosophies, fundamentals and models. Beyond logos and slogans, spin and gloss, it links concepts of place identity, projected image, product offering, consumption experience and perceived image in full coverage and in an orderly, theoretically modelled manner, dividing the book into relevant parts and chapters. Each part consists of a theoretical chapter and relevant research based case studies. A unique, recurring and scrupulously analyzed, best-practice, signature case study is Dubai, but also examined are Flanders (Belgium), Florida, Morocco and Singapore, the Canary Islands, The Netherlands (and its province of Zeeland), and Wales. The concluding part of the book then provides a practical, but comprehensive model that guides practitioners, students and researchers in the application of place branding.
Description: Reviews:
'This book makes a very useful addition to the rather scarce literature on the subject. What I always look for, and what I'm particularly gratified to find in this book, is a prominent acknowledgement of the 'deeds not words' school of thought which I devote most of my energies to communicating.' - Simon Anholt, Government Advisor; Author of the Anholt Nation Brands Index and Competitive Identity (Palgrave); Member of the UK Foreign Office's Public Diplomacy Board

'Robert Govers and Frank Go's new book brings a new level of intellectual rigour to the often misunderstood subject of place branding.' - Nicholas Ind, Managing Partner of Equilibrium Consulting; Author of Living the Brand (Kogan Page) and Branding Governance (Wiley)

'This book is a valuable addition to current thinking on the subject of place branding. It offers fresh insights and perspectives. I thoroughly recommend it for practioners and students of place marketing' – Roger Pride, Marketing Director of Visit Wales and co-author of Destination Branding, Creating the Unique Destination Proposition (Elsevier)

'I truly appreciate this book's attempt to approach the practice of place branding from an (applied-) academic perspective.' - Sicco van Gelder, Founder of Placebrands and author of Global Brand Strategy-Unlocking Branding Potential Across Countries, Cultures and Markets (Kogan Page).
ISBN: 9780230230736
VABB publication type: VABB-2
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IBa
Appears in Collections:Division of Geography & Tourism

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