Brand Equity: The Marketer’s View on Brand Value

  • Jan Lindemann


At the time financial markets started recognizing the value of intangible assets and brands marketing academics in the US, in the early-1990s, also attempted to conceptualize the brand as a business asset. The result was the concept of brand equity which capitalized on a financial term to define a marketing concept. The term was made popular by the publications of David Aaker and Kevin Keller. Aaker described brand equity as a “set of assets (and liabilities) linked to a brand’s name and symbol that adds to (or subtracts from) the value provided by a product or service to a firm and/or that firm’s customers.”1 The main asset categories comprised awareness, loyalty, perceived quality, and other brand specific associations. Despite the use of the term equity, the framework consisted of a combination of market research metrics. Aaker later expanded the framework to include metrics from other models, most notably Y&R’s brand asset evaluator and Interbrand’s brand strength assessment. The resulting measurement framework comprised the following metrics:
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    willingness to pay a price premium;

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    perceived quality;

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    perceived value;

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    trust and admiration for the organization;

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    market share;

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    price differential; and

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    distribution depth/coverage.



Stock Market Market Research Brand Equity Price Premium Consumer Loyalty 
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© Jan Lindemann 2010

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