Virgin - Brand Extension or Brand Dilution?

            
 
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Themes

Brand Management
Case Length : 14 Pages
Period : 2003
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Virgin
Industry : Airline
Countries : USA

Abstract:

The case discusses the brand extension strategies adopted by the Virgin group. Detailed information is provided about the values of the Virgin brand and the part they played in the group's foray into many different businesses. The case also discusses how the Virgin group's Chairman and CEO, Richard Branson, became an integral part of the brand itself. It then moves on to discuss the criticism leveled against the group for allegedly diluting the equity of the Virgin brand through reckless brand extensions. The views of various industry observers and analysts are provided along with the views of people employed by Virgin. Finally, the case discusses the future prospects for the brand in light of the various problems the Virgin group was facing in the early 21st century.

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Issues:

• Appreciate a large multinational company's brand management strategies aimed at cashing in on the equity of an umbrella brand.

Contents:

  Page No.
The Debate on Virgin 1
Building the Virgin Empire 2
Building the Virgin Brand 3
Virgin in Trouble 5
The Issue of Brand Extension/Brand Dilution 6
Where Does Virgin Go From Here? 7
Exhibits 10

Keywords:

Brand extension, strategies, Virgin brand, Chairman, CEO, Richard Branson, brand itself, criticism, leveled , allegedly, diluting, equity, Virgin, brand extensions, people, employed, Virgin, future prospects, 21st century

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