Series editor(s): Professor Russell W. Belk
Subject Area: Marketing
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|Title:||“Pixelize me!”: Digital storytelling and the creation of archetypal myths through explicit and implicit self-brand association in fashion and luxury blogs|
|Author(s):||Gachoucha Kretz, Kristine de Valck|
|Volume:||12 Editor(s): Russell W. Belk ISBN: 978-0-85724-443-7 eISBN: 978-0-85724-444-4|
|Citation:||Gachoucha Kretz, Kristine de Valck (2010), “Pixelize me!”: Digital storytelling and the creation of archetypal myths through explicit and implicit self-brand association in fashion and luxury blogs, in Russell W. Belk (ed.) 12 (Research in Consumer Behavior, Volume 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.313-329|
|DOI:||10.1108/S0885-2111(2010)0000012015 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Purpose – The purpose of our study was to better understand how bloggers organize branded storytelling in fashion and luxury blogs using explicit and implicit self-brand association.
Methodology/approach – We have carried out a Netnography on a sample of 60 fashion and luxury blogs. Data analysis relied on a visual denotational and connotational analysis. We have also conducted hermeneutic interviews of influential fashion bloggers and readers to validate our findings.
Findings – Bloggers differently combine explicit and implicit textual and visual branded stimuli depending on their character types. The most influential blogs combine textual implicitness and visual explicitness, regardless of their character types. Other influential bloggers combine visual and textual elements of the story more or less explicitly depending on the archetypes they have constructed. Bloggers reintermediate the relationship between brands and consumers and serve as a “lens” through which readers may select a brand and decide on purchase. The quality of the relationship between the bloggers and the readers relies on the initial reading contract, the evolving presence of the advertised brands in the blog's content, and the amount of privacy shared by the bloggers with their audience.
Research limitations/implications – Our sample is very limited and includes very influential and professionalized blogs.
Practical implications – Our study should help brand managers in selecting fashion blogs as a new relay for advertisement or sponsored content.
Originality/value of paper – Our study provides a framework to brand managers by highlighting recognizable storytelling patterns.
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