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|Title:||Brand equity in B2B services and consequences for the trade show industry|
|Author(s):||Anja Geigenmüller, (Department of Marketing, Ilmenau University of Technology, Ilmenau, Germany), Harriette Bettis-Outland, (Department of Marketing, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, USA)|
|Citation:||Anja Geigenmüller, Harriette Bettis-Outland, (2012) "Brand equity in B2B services and consequences for the trade show industry", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 27 Iss: 6, pp.428 - 435|
|Keywords:||Brand equity, Business-to-business marketing, Purchasing value, Service brand equity, Service brands, Strategic evaluation, Trade fairs, Trade show, Value analysis|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/08858621211251433 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper's aim is to provide a conceptual framework explaining drivers of service brand equity. It refers to the trade show industry as an example for an international, highly competitive environment, where service providers face the challenge to differentiate themselves from competing brands. Based on a comprehensive literature review, the paper develops a conceptual model of service brand equity. The paper concludes with directions for further research and managerial implications.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a conceptual work, which derives research propositions from an extended literature review.
Findings – It is proposed that a service provider's competence relates positively to a service customer's purchasing value which, in turn, leads to customer service satisfaction and service brand equity. The paper further posits that the provider's service concept, service processes, and service system are constituents of service competence, thus representing crucial determinants of service brand equity.
Research limitations/implications – The research has limitations that are due to the exploratory nature of the work. The paper suggests opportunities for further research, particularly an empirical test of the model in various B2B service industries.
Practical implications – The paper suggests that the value attendees derive from using trade show services is strongly related to the support they receive in establishing and nurturing customer relationships or in engaging in market and competitor analysis. Considering service brand equity, trade show organizations should therefore develop innovative concepts for trade shows that accommodate their clients' needs, including an appropriate physical environment, customer-oriented service processes, and high-quality interactions between service employees and customers.
Originality/value – The paper sheds light on a phenomenon that, despite its increasing acceptance among practitioners, remains unexplored by marketing research. By providing a better understanding of B2B service brand equity in a trade show context, the paper enriches research on trade fair issues.
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