The purpose of this paper was to uncover various factors that make the young consumers in emerging Asian market devotees of brands and sacrilize brands giving rise to a phenomenon called brand sacralization where the individual consumer considers brand as sacred as religion. Another objective of this research was to investigate the acculturation process taking place among the young adult consumers in emerging Asian market.
Based on prior literature review, the concept of brand sacralization has been defined to bring theoretical sensitivity. Grounded theory method has been used to collect, analyze and interpret the data collected through semi-structured depth interviews.
Data analysis reveals various underlying dimensions of brand sacralization and various actionable antecedents and consequence of brand sacralization.
Value of the article lies in developing a grounded theory framework for brand sacralization that can guide the marketers doing business in emerging markets to build a strong brand that the consumers would sacralize.
Sarkar, J., Sarkar, A. and Ponnam, A. (2015), "Exploration of brand sacralization among the young adult consumers in the context of emerging Asian market", Young Consumers, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 264-280. https://doi.org/10.1108/YC-12-2014-00499Download as .RIS
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