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Branding Rio de Janeiro: a semiotic analysis

Vitor Lima (Brazilian School of Public Administration and Business, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Alessandra Baiocchi Antunes Corrêa (Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Marco Tulio Zanini (Brazilian School of Public Administration and Business, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Luís Alexandre Grubits de Paula Pessôa (Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Hélio Arthur Reis Irigaray (Brazilian School of Public Administration and Business, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Marketing Intelligence & Planning

ISSN: 0263-4503

Article publication date: 3 May 2019

Issue publication date: 14 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify how a city as a brand discursively conceives and articulates relevant meanings in order to build its identity.

Design/methodology/approach

The study follows a discursive semiotic approach using content from the Visit.Rio website and posts from its Facebook page.

Findings

It was possible to organize the values and meanings that structure the Rio de Janeiro brand in the semiotic square. Narrative schemes that concretize the value proposition guided mainly by contemplation and experimentation situations were identified. The discursive construction of the Rio de Janeiro brand is primarily marked by the relation between nature and culture, where contrasting meanings are explored by the City Hall managers.

Research limitations/implications

This study is limited to the analysis of the enunciator (Rio de Janeiro brand managers) in their process of creating and articulating the city’s meanings. Future research could investigate the enunciate (public) perspective.

Practical implications

Managers should consider the discursive approach since it provides a more holistic perspective on the brand-building process. The findings may contribute to the understanding, selection and articulation of the correct meanings that should be communicated to the public in order to make the city a relevant and desirable place to visit.

Originality/value

This paper is based on the concept of a brand as a set of discourses grounded by meanings that are culturally conceived, which, thus, presents itself as a different approach from the traditional one, especially in research on place branding.

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Citation

Lima, V., Baiocchi Antunes Corrêa, A., Zanini, M.T., Grubits de Paula Pessôa, L.A. and Reis Irigaray, H.A. (2019), "Branding Rio de Janeiro: a semiotic analysis", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 37 No. 6, pp. 645-659. https://doi.org/10.1108/MIP-08-2018-0303

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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