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The role of branding: applying evolutionary theory in marketing

By Yufan Wu and Barry Ardley


This paper explores memetics and evolutionary theory as it relates to branding.Memes\ud are similar to genes in the biological world. The former is a self replicating entity which\ud jumps from human host to human host.Within the complex changing business environment,\ud some memes are successful and others are not. This paper argues that brands are\ud meme like entities, conforming to the dictates of evolutionary theory. Considerable existing\ud research in branding argues that success results from the increasing complexity of\ud brand management and strategy. This paper takes a different perspective. The focus point\ud of the research is on the ‘fitness’ ability of the meme to survive as a brand. Therefore,\ud memetics, as an approach to branding, does not argue for sophistication or complexity as\ud a route to success. Instead, it is dependent on a system of cultural reproduction. This general\ud argument about the role of the meme leads to two key debates. The role of brand\ud management might be seen as a process to increase the brand’s fitness for survival as a\ud complex system to beat its competitors, or as a way to increase the brand’s fitness for\ud reproduction. The latter represents the ability of the meme to reproduce itself in order to\ud increase its frequency in the general meme pool

Topics: N500 Marketing
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:1224
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