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Digital Branding - The Impact of Digitalization on the Branding Process: Economic Opportunities and Risks (2018)

Ref: market0150

The emergence of digital economies and markets has necessitated companies to rethink how they influence and create consumer impressions. Even today, consumers are still brand thinking is still exist just as in the traditional days. However, today, the competition is much stiff and the market much complex. Brands have to depend on social media to engage their consumers, sell their products and also create a following. Today, a brand is seen as a competitive edge of reference, a guarantee to consumers for long term sustainability and security, and dedication to delivering emotional, functional and economic benefits. Such a definition only increases obligations for business to perform, keep innovating while simultaneously keeping cost down. Overall, branding is just a way to justify the price, the quality, functionality, and the product appeals.

To achieve this, companies, even the biggest of them all must depend on digital channels to establish responsive engagement programs for communicating their justifications. However, for the process to be effective, they must understand the consumer because contemporary branding must adopt a consumer centric approach. More importantly, branding is about creating an exceptional experience and lasting impressions in the minds of consumers. Basically, a firm must be able to command attention of consumers with each new product, invention or development. Companies such as Apple who are the global leaders in sale of electronics are able to command such attentions. They have been able to establish themselves as an authority in the field of electronics. Essentially, this is the goal of every small or large corporations. Each company wants to have a dominating factor that differentiates themselves from competitors. This is why there is so much potential in digital branding. They have no boundaries when it comes to engaging consumers.

Dissertation research questions

  • How can digital branding contribute to SME’s growth, development and capacity to compete in today’s markets?
  • What inputs and factors determine successful digital branding?
  • Which process of digital branding holds merits in garnering more opportunities and eliminating risks?
  • What is the best way to increase conversation rates to more sales, better visibility and consumer engagement?
  • How to make digital branding data actionable?

  • 28,000 words – 100 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Good analysis of subject area
  • Well written throughout
  • Ideal for postgraduate marketing students


1 - Introduction
Problem Statement
Research Questions and Hypotheses
Research Questions
Hypotheses
Significance and Purposes of Dissertation
Methodology
Dissertation Structure
Limitation of Study
Definition

2 - Literature Review
Historical Review: Evolution of the Branding Process
Branding before the 1970s
Branding in the 1970s and 1980s
Branding in the 1990s and 21st century
Theoretical Review: Theories of Digital Branding
Customer Based Brand Equity Theory
Applying the Customer Based Brand Equity Theory
Empirical Literature
Dynamics of Digital Branding in an Interactive and Participative Business Environment
Digital Content and Online Presence
Digital Communication Model
Digital Customer Experience
Digital Branding Communication Tools
Content Branding
Social Media Branding
Brand Identity, Image, Trust, Loyalty, Reputation, Equity in Digital Era
Brand Identity
Brand Image
Brand Trust and Reputation
Brand Loyalty
Collaborative Branding
Corporate Branding
Consumer Behavior in Digital Marketing
Consumer Behavior and Behavioral Biases
Innovation in Digital Marketing – Brand Leveraging and Brand Building
The Red Bull’s Brand Leveraging Strategy
Innovative Brand Building
Content Integration – User and Firm Generated Content
User Generated Content (UGC)
Firm Generated Content (FGC)
Digital Branding Story Telling and Consumer Engagement
Storytelling in a Branding Perspective
Storytelling on Social Media Platforms
Brand Reputation Management – Organizational Rejoinders to Negative Brand Stories
Online Reputation Management
Monitoring – Analyzing – Influencing
Digital Branding Implication on Offline Brand Management

3 - The Ultimate Digital Process – Case Studies of Digital Market Leaders
Uber Digitalization Process
Amazon Digitalization Process
American Express Digitalization Process
Airbnb Digitalization Process
Tesla Digitalization Process

4 - Findings and Analysis: Economic Opportunities and Risks in Digital Branding
Statistics – Visual and Informatics
Data Tables, Figures, and Statistics
Confirmatory Analysis
Exploratory Analysis
Descriptive Analysis – Demographics, Quotations, Data Paraphrasing
Economic Opportunities in Digital Markets
Opportunities in Growth
Opportunities in Product Development
Opportunities in Service Improvement
Opportunities in Diversification
Opportunities in Lead Generation – Cross Sell, Upselling, and Retaining
Increase in Operational Efficiency
Finances – Higher Profits, Less Costs, Pricing, Underwriting
Brand Extension
Risks in Digital Markets
Risks in Reputation Management
Risks in Competition – b2b Engagement
Risks in Content Integration and Channel Conflict
Financial Risks – Budgets, Lower Revenue, Price Volatility
Cybercrime
Obsolete Models, Strategies or Products/Services
Inaction and Lower Retention
Distribution Challenges

5 - Discussion
Compare Findings to Theories
Brand Reputation
Brand Image
Brand Identity
Answering the Research Questions
Answering the Hypothesis
Practical Implications of Dissertation
Pedagogical Implications of Study
Future Areas of Research
Creating an Action Plan for Digital Markets

6 - Recommendations
Choosing a Brand Personality
Winning Strategies in Digital Markets
DRIP Framework
Blue Ocean Strategy
Literacy in Digital Branding
Creating Responsive Digital Platforms
Creating Digital Content
Integrating Digital Platforms

7 - Conclusions

Bibliography


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