The Emergence and Development of Place Marketing's Confused Identity

Heather Skinner

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    This paper draws parallels between the emergence and development of place marketing research with the emergence of service marketing as a distinct subject area within marketing. However, the topic area itself remains confused, terms used to describe its various associated phenomena have not been clearly defined, there is little consensus what type of marketing or branding applies to places, and the literature has not resolved the differences in marketing / branding individual places and whole nations, thus leading to confusion for academics and practitioners alike. A thematic review of the literature is presented in order to reflect on the way various aspects of the literature have developed, and how this has impacted on the current debate. The confusion over the use of terms originates from the way the literature developed over time in different subject areas, but also appears to be linked to the way authors successfully target articles for publication, using terms that better align with a journal’s focus rather than necessarily using the most appropriate term for the specific construct under investigation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)915 - 928
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Marketing Management
    Issue number9/10
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


    • place marketing
    • place branding
    • destination branding
    • corporate branding


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