Monday, February 12, 2018

Measuring customer based place brand equity (CBPBE) from a public diplomacy perspective: Evidence from West Bengal

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Original research article

In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 10 February 2018
Sunny Bose, Sanjit Kumar Roy, Sharifah Faridah Syed Alwi, Bang Nguyen


A glaring paucity of a measuring instrument for place branding effectiveness and place brand equity still remains. This study contributes theoretically by exploring and developing the dimensions and instrument of customer based place brand equity (CBPBE) quantitatively, in the context of international relations (public diplomacy) between two places, West Bengal (in India) and Bangladesh. To this end, the study employed: focus group discussion, depth interviews and survey, in order to develop and validate the items generated to measure CBPBE. Confirmatory factor analysis was used on a total sample of 437 respondents that resulted in a nine (9) item CBPBE scale, represented by multidimensional constructs namely: place brand salience, perceived quality and place brand engagement. The CBPBE construct is then tested with brand loyalty – investment attractiveness construct in a conceptual model in order to verify the nomological relationship of the instruments developed.

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