Within-country ethnic differences and product positioning: a comparison of the perceptions of two British sub-cultures

Asha Pankhaniaa, Nick J. Lee, Graham J. Hooley

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Abstract

While cross-cultural consumer behaviour and its impact on marketing strategies has received considerable interest within the marketing literature, differences between ethnic groups within countries have received significantly less attention. This study examines the effect of within-country ethnic differences on brand positioning, using the UK automobile industry as a context. Both qualitative and quantitative research is used to identify the perceptions of two sub-cultural groups: British of Indian extraction, and Caucasian British. It was found that these two groups display appreciably different values, and also place different levels of importance on different product attributes when evaluating brands. Furthermore, the two groups exhibited different perceptions of the same set of brands. The results suggest that, to position brands effectively, marketers should take account of cultural diversity within countries as well as between them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-138
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Strategic Marketing
Volume15
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • positioning
  • marketing strategy
  • culture
  • statistical analysis

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