Toy stories : the strategic use of narratives in the branding of traditional toys

Plagens, Brett, Rugimbana, Robert, & Silver, Jonathan D. (2008) Toy stories : the strategic use of narratives in the branding of traditional toys. In Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference, 1-3 December 2008, Olympic Park, Sydney.

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It is well known in the toy entertainment industry that children have a strong relationship with the characters and stories of various well known entertainment property toy brands (e.g. Mattel, 2005; Pecora, 1998; Miller, 1998; Cross, 1997). This paper presents branding insights and findings from a content analysis of ten highly successful toy story brand narratives that featured in children’s television programs and movies. This study argues that a toy story’s character personality is related to their on-screen action performance. By implication in branding terms, this implies that narrative brands with relatively inferior product-based performance abilities or attributes can still take audience share by focusing heavily on developing a highly distinctive and likable brand personality that clearly narrates strongly supporting brand values within the plot of a television program or motion picture.

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ID Code: 17995
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Brand, Strategy, Narratives, Entertainment, Toy Industry
ISBN: 1863081445
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations) (150503)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2009 01:28
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:11

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