Branding in B2B Firms

Author(s): Kevin Lane Keller and Philip Kotler

Excerpt from the Handbook of Business-to-Business Marketing (Edited by Gary L. Lilien, Distinguished Research Professor of Management Science, The Pennsylvania State University and Rajdeep Grewal, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, US). Complete book available at https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-of-business-to-business-marketing.

B2B branding is just as important to business buyers as B2C branding is to consumers. Yet, it seems that many B2B businesses do a poor job of developing and managing their corporate brands, sub-brands and other brands. The goal of this chapter is to answer the following questions to help B2B firms do a better job of branding: 1) Why do B2B firms often fail to make good use of branding? 2) Which major B2B firms make very good use of branding? 3) What does a B2B firm need to know about branding as a starting point? 4) What steps should a B2B firm take if it wants to build a strong brand?
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