20 December 2012

Bloom Consulting US State Brand Ranking

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Bloom Consulting US State Brand Ranking © - TOURISM 2012

California’s long list of destinations known world-wide, from sunny beaches and Hollywood to San Francisco and the Golden Gate, make this an easy guess, but the state backed up its economic dominance  with consistent branding excellence across the board.
Florida (2) and New York (3) are also very popular tourist destinations and so their strong ratings and high ranking are expected, but Illinois’s strong performance was a surprise. Thanks to its AAA ranking, Illinois edged ahead of its competitors.
A big shock, due to a AAA rating, was Michigan’s (6)  performance. Its top rating and branding performance indicate the state is undergoing a very effective brand renewal. Michigan is picking up speed and will be fascinating to watch over the next few years.

18 December 2012

The 2012 Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking

The 2012 Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking© 

is a thorough study measuring the effectiveness of each country brand strategy, separately evaluating the trade and tourism country brand strategies. The study evaluates 160 and 161 countries respectively. The Ranking relies on hard facts, which include the economic performance and the economic growth of countries. This hard data is accompanied by soft facts, thereby measuring the economic impact of each country’s brand strategy. 

Please, follow the link to download the ranking 

Furthermore, this year marks the first time that Online Search Demand (OSD) has been incorporated into a ranking of this type. The OSD evaluates the gap between what countries are promoting (supply) and what investors and tourists are searching for (demand). Bloom Consulting uses the OSD along with an analysis of each country’s brand strategy to assign each nation a Country Brand Strategy (CBS) Rating©. This identifies the accuracy match between supply and demand and allows Bloom Consulting to assess the best country brands. 

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Urban Studies Online Table of Contents

A new issue of Urban Studies is available online:
January 2013; Vol. 50, No. 1 
The below Table of Contents is available online at:http://usj.sagepub.com/content/vol50/issue1/?etoc

Editorial: Urban Studies at 50
Ronan Paddison
Urban Stud 2013;50 3-5

On the Hard Work of Domesticating a Public Space
Regan Koch and Alan Latham
Urban Stud 2013;50 6-21

Urban Renewal in the Inner City of Budapest: Gentrification from a Post-socialist Perspective
Zoltán Kovács, Reinhard Wiessner, and Romy Zischner
Urban Stud 2013;50 22-38

Practices of Exception in Urban Governance: Reconfiguring Power Inside the State
Idalina Baptista
Urban Stud 2013;50 39-54

Smell in the City: Smoking and Olfactory Politics
Qian Hui Tan
Urban Stud 2013;50 55-71

Valuing the Reliability of the Electrical Power Infrastructure: A Two-stage Hedonic Approach
Paul Maliszewski, Elisabeth Larson, and Charles Perrings
Urban Stud 2013;50 72-87

Price and Expenditure Elasticities for Fresh Fruits in an Urban Food Desert
Dave Weatherspoon, James Oehmke, Assa Dembélé, Marcus Coleman, Thasanee Satimanon, and Lorraine Weatherspoon
Urban Stud 2013;50 88-106

Neighbourhood Income Sorting and the Effects of Neighbourhood Income Mix on Income: A Holistic Empirical Exploration
Lina Hedman and George Galster
Urban Stud 2013;50 107-127

Collective Action Dilemmas in Condominium Management
Fang-Ni Chu, Chin-Oh Chang, and Tien Foo Sing
Urban Stud 2013;50 128-147

Pathways into Multiple Exclusion Homelessness in Seven UK Cities
Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Glen Bramley, and Sarah Johnsen
Urban Stud 2013;50 148-168

Valuing the Benefits of Urban Regeneration
Peter Tyler, Colin Warnock, Allan Provins, and Bruno Lanz
Urban Stud 2013;50 169-190

Urban Form and Commuting Efficiency: A Comparative Analysis across Time and Space
Tufayel A. Chowdhury, Darren M. Scott, and Pavlos S. Kanaroglou
Urban Stud 2013;50 191-207

City Size Distribution as a Function of Socioeconomic Conditions: An Eclectic Approach to Downscaling Global Population
Kyung-Min Nam and John M. Reilly
Urban Stud 2013;50 208-225

Book Reviews
Book Review: Epidemic City: The Politics of Public Health in New York
Urban Stud 2013;50 226-228

Book Review: Staging the New Berlin: Place Marketing and the Politics of Urban Reinvention Post-1989
Urban Stud 2013;50 228-230

Book Review: Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age
Urban Stud 2013;50 230-232

Book Review: ‘Race’, Culture and the Right to the City: Centres, Peripheries, Margins
Urban Stud 2013;50 232-234

Books Received
Books Received
Urban Stud 2013;50 235

14 December 2012

We are part of it! 48 hours of Guimarães 2012

 Between the 21st and the 23rd of December, the city doesn’t stop. From Friday’s 8pm (21st) until Sunday’s 8pm (23rd) our agenda is full. The initiatives programmed under the name “We are part of it! 48 hours of Guimarães 2012” will occupy the city, bringing music, performances and urban interventions to public and private spaces.

On Friday, the 21st, by night, in Multiusos de Guimarães, takes place the European Capital of Culture title handover from Guimarães 2012 to Košice and Marseille-Provence, next year’s European Capitals of Culture. Then the show “Then We Stay...” takes place, the confluence point of the artistic work developed with the different Guimarães’ communities. Hundreds of people on stage share the result of two years of artists’ residencies. With its dimension and number of people involved, this will be one of the most striking projects of Guimarães 2012. From 11:55 pm onwards, in the Historic Centre, we celebrate the “Non-end of the World Party”.

Saturday and Sunday, during the day, in Plataforma das Artes e da Criatividade, it will be possible to revisit the most striking works and projects of Guimarães 2012 in “Capital City – A Travel around Guimarães 2012”. Books, movies, storefronts, performances, exhibitions and photographs will help you remember the European Capital of Culture. At the same time, through the city, dozens of concerts fill the programme of “My City is your Home” in an augmented version of Mi Casa es tu Casa. This time, writers, comedians, actors and actresses join musicians and singers. Artists visit various houses and their owners and not the other way round.

On Saturday night, La Fura dels Baus return to Toural (the place where everything started) – by CCTAR’s hand – with the show “We are part of it”. The Children and Youth Choir of Academia de Música da Sociedade Filarmónica Vizelense and Guimarães’ volunteers also participate in the show. Right after, in the city centre, in Caldeiroa, takes place Gróia’ 12 – The First Night of the Rest of the Year.

On Sunday at 6pm is Fundação Orquestra Estúdio’s turn to go on Multiusos’ stage. This time with the Christmas Gala, a concert that will be fully recorded by RTP.

Between Friday’s 8pm and Sunday’s 8pm there are 48hours of Guimarães 2012 waiting for you! Do we have a date?

11 December 2012

3rd International Place Branding and 2nd Institute of Place Management Conference

Invitation to 3rd International Place Branding and 2nd Institute of Place Management Conference

13th - 15th February 2013, Manchester UK
Professor Cathy Parker and Dr Ares Kalandides (Conference Chairs) are delighted to have accepted 53 abstracts from speakers in 22 countries representing a range of academic and practitioner perspectives covering all aspects of place branding and management. 
The conference will be a unique opportunity to mix the worlds of practitioner, academic and policy maker - as well as look at making places better from a variety of discipline perspectives. 
We have extended the 'Early Bird' rate for booking until the 14th December 2012 (£350 IPM Members, £425 non-Members) so we very much hope to see you in Manchester in February 2013. 
To complement the conference we are also running a research colloquium for doctoral and early career researchers 
and a Place Management Masterclass which can lead to the International Certificate in Place Management
Here are a selection of presentations:
■“How cities solve our needs – a qualitative interdisciplinary approach to identify functional and symbolic place benefits” by Dr Andreas Muller, University of Bremen, Germany.
■“The pursuit of distinctiveness. Can all places be distinctive?” by Dr Cecilia Pasquinelli, Uppsala University, Sweden.
■“New Third Places?: Case Studies of Open Space Festivals” by Clayton Hawkins and Lee-Anne Ryan, University of Tasmania, Australia.
■“Singapore: Bringing Place Management To Asia” by Mo Aswat and Jamie Licko, The Mosaic Partnership, UK
■“The South Australian Metropolitan and Regional Place Management Framework (SAMR PMF) Pilot Study” Stuart Heseltine, Hemisphere Design, Australia.
■“Developing a collective capacity for place management” by Dr Tore Omholt, Norwegian School of Management, Norway.
■“Smart Cities – brand cities of the future” by Anna Augustyn, University of Bialystok, Poland.
■“Selling places in the changing environment: post-accession investment promotion in Central-Eastern European regions” by Dr Pawel Capik, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
■“Macau as an international brand: An investigation of brand identity” by Sonia Hoi Teng Lun, University of Sheffield, UK.
■“Place brand equity – implementation of the concept on examples of two Polish cities” by Dr Magdalena Florek, Poznań University of Economics, Poland.
■“Place branding and strategic planning: Towards a conceptual model to brand regions” by Eduardo Oliveira, University of Gronigen, The Netherlands.
■“Place-branding through an historic city network - a case of the Hansa” by Professor Graeme Evans, Brunel University UK.
■“Branding nested places: the 150th anniversary of Italian unification in Turin” by Dr Massimo Giovanardi, University of Urbino, Italy.
■“Leveraging Leisure Spaces for Social Networking: Constructing a New Platform for Leisure Space Policy and Planning” by Clayton Hawkins, University of Tasmania, Australia
■“My Place is not Your Place – Different Place Brand Knowledge by Different Target Groups” by Sebastian Zenker and Suzanne Beckmann (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and  Copenhagen Business School, Denmark).
■“Can private firms create and promote an image for a place? The gastronomic identity of Messolonghi, Greece” by Ioannis Evangelou and Andreas Tsiliras, Human Earth, Greece.
■“Place marketing and citizen participation: applying branding to address the emotional dimension of place management?” by Dr Jasper Eshuis, Professor  Erik-Hans Klijn  and Dr Erik Braun (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands).
■“Drawing Emotions” by Emanuela Zilo, Digital Distillery, Italy.
■“The practices of brand appropriation on the digital sphere - An analysis of the process of appropriation of the place brand “Stockholm the Capital of Scandinavia” by Andrea Lucarelli, Stockholm University School of Business, Sweden.
■“Brand Architecture In Place Branding” by Sonya Hanna Azad and Professor Jenny Rowley (Bangor University, Wales and Manchester Metropolitan University, England).
■“Symbiosis: preserving identity and managing brand by integrating tourism uses into traditional Mediterranean landscapes” by Thomas Doxiadis, University of Manchester, UK.

10 December 2012

Marketing Theory Online Table of Contents Alert

A new issue of Marketing Theory is available online:
December 2012; Vol. 12, No. 4 
The below Table of Contents is available online at: http://mtq.sagepub.com/content/vol12/issue4/?etoc

Interpreting the nature of business to business exchanges through the use of Fiske’s Relational Models Theory
Keith Blois and Annmarie Ryan
Marketing Theory 2012;12 351-367

Exploring space and place in marketing research: Excavating the garage
Elizabeth C Hirschman, Ayalla Ruvio, and Russell W Belk
Marketing Theory 2012;12 369-389

Poetic witness: Marketplace research through poetic transcription and poetic translation
Robin Canniford
Marketing Theory 2012;12 391-409

Exhibitions and the role of fashion in the sustenance of the Kylie Brand mythology: Unpacking the spatial logic of celebrity culture
Paul Hewer and Kathy Hamilton
Marketing Theory 2012;12 411-425

Dealing with customer misbehaviour: Employees’ tactics, practical judgement and implicit knowledge
Per Echeverri, Nicklas Salomonson, and Annika Åberg
Marketing Theory 2012;12 427-449

The X-Factor enigma: Simon Cowell and the marketization of existential liminality
Chris Hackley, Stephen Brown, and Rungpaka Amy Hackley
Marketing Theory 2012;12 451-469

The logical structure of the service-dominant logic of marketing
John Williams
Marketing Theory 2012;12 471-483

Character analysis and racism in marketing theory and practice
Mark Tadajewski
Marketing Theory 2012;12 485-508

Special issue in European Planning Studies Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

Introduction:  Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen and Eduardo Oliveira  Rethinking planning-branding relations: an introduction . https:...