Investigating international strategic brand management and export performance outcomes in the B2B context

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Drawing on Resource Based Theory, the purpose of this paper is to empirically examine the effect of International Strategic Brand Management on export performance within the Business to Business (B2B) context. To be able to purposely assess the relationship this paper also sets out to discover what antecedent international resources, (financial resources), and international capabilities (market information, branding, marketing planning) contribute to the ability of B2B exporters to effectively manage their brands abroad.

A mixed method firm level approach was employed. First a qualitative study of 34 in-depth interviews explored the focal inter-relationships and constructs identified within the literature. A survey of 208 successful UK exporters was then conducted and the results were analysed using structured equation modelling.

The results confirm certain marketing capabilities (branding and marketing planning) are advantageous antecedents to the employment of effective strategic brand management in foreign markets which, in turn, leads to increased financial and market performance internationally.

This paper outlines practical brand management considerations managers need to account for to achieve effective exporting. Practitioners are advised to prioritise the development of robust international branding and marketing planning capabilities which can enable them to exploit their limited financial resources for optimal benefits. Further, by developing these capabilities firms’ can focus on the essence of their brand and communicate their brand image through the effective strategic management of their brand to business customers evoking positive brand associations, enhanced perceived brand value and the achievement of increased export performance.

This paper is the first to focus on international strategic brand management as the deterministic factor leading to improved B2B export performance. An innovative framework is offered which positions the pivotal role of International Strategic Brand management as the central focus. The construct for international branding capabilities is extended specifically for use in the B2B domain.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages53
JournalInternational Marketing Review
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Oct 2019

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Management performance
Export performance
Brand management
Branding
Marketing planning
Financial resources
Exporters
Brand value
Market performance
Qualitative study
Business-to-business (B2B)
Modeling
Managers
Financial performance
Strategic management
Brand image
Factors
Interrelationship
Mixed methods
Firm capabilities

Keywords

  • B2B brands
  • strategic brand management
  • resource based theory
  • international marketing
  • export performance

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