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   Volume 44 • Number 10 • October 2014

Branding of B-schools by Understanding the Expectations of Their Three Major Stakeholders
Indian Journal of Marketing, 44(10), 7 – 23
The branding of B-schools has become an important concern for the business education leaders as it communicates about the quality of their offerings, faculties, students, placements, financial resources, and so forth. Also, B-schools are facing cut-throat competition within and across different categories of business education providers. In such a situation, the proper positioning and development of right branding strategies for a B-school are a must. It would be possible to create the right branding strategies for a B-school by understanding the expectations of its stakeholders. The purpose of this study was to understand the expectations of major stakeholders, that is, students, recruiters, and faculty members of B-schools operating at three different levels, that is, premier, national, and regional levels. The study was carried out in 10 B-schools located in Jharkhand state, and data were collected from a sample of 334 students, 48 faculty members, and 34 recruiters. The findings showed that good placement opportunities were the most important expectation of students across the different levels of B-school students. There was a significant positive correlation between the expectations of students of national and regional level B-schools, but in case of faculty members, there was a significant positive correlation between the faculty members of national and premier level B-schools. Recruiters looked for the right attitude and students' ability to adapt to the organizational culture as compared to knowledge or skills. The findings of the study have significant implications for B-school branding. The study suggested that the B-schools must align their strategies and resources to deliver as per their stakeholders' expectations - especially as per the expectations of their students, recruiters, and faculties - to achieve a strong and successful brand image.
Keywords: B-school, branding, stakeholders, students, faculty members, recruiters, corporates, management education
Paper Submission Date: May 5, 2014; Paper sent back for Revision : June 10, 2014 ; Paper Acceptance Date : July 17, 2014
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Amar Eron Tigga
Assistant Professor
Department of Marketing Management
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Ranchi - 834 001
Pramod Pathak
Department of Management Studies
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Dhanbad - 826 004, Jharkhand.
Email: pramod_ism@rediffmail.com

Rohit Vishal Kumar
Associate Professor
Department of Marketing Management
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E-mail: rohitvishalkumar@gmail.com
Psychographic Segmentation of Facebook Users : A Cluster Analysis
Indian Journal of Marketing, 44(10), 24 -33

Purpose: The aim of the study was to identify the usage pattern and purpose of using Facebook by individuals and to investigate the intentions of these segments to discuss brands during their daily social media communications.

Design /Methodology/Approach: This study is a combination of both qualitative and quantitative approach. The qualitative approach used the netnography technique to examine the Facebook community; 1120 respondents comprising of current students and faculties from an engineering college, arts college, and 3 B-schools participated in this study. The study gathered information on users' characteristics and factors affecting purpose of using Facebook. The screening question was asked to clarify the unit of analysis in order to make sure that the respondents had only one Facebook account.

Results: The findings from this study were analyzed using cluster analysis to identify groups of similar people in terms of how they responded to Facebook fundamental hooks like new referrals, games, groups & links, public networking, sharing emotions, performance sharing, information sharing, private networking, entertainment, amusement, socializing, and these results indicated the presence of three significant segments of Facebook users : Entertainers, Networkers, and Expressers.

Originality/Value: This paper showed how and why people use social networking sites. The study can be used by brands and organizations to communicate effectively with customers by developing appropriate features, targeting ads, and apps to attract followers.

Keywords: Facebook, psychographic, netnography, entertainers, expressers, networkers, cluster analysis
Paper Submission Date : January 1, 2014; Paper sent back for Revision : June 20, 2014 ; Paper Acceptance Date : August 5, 2014

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S. Franklin John
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S. Senith
Assistant Professor, Nehru College of Management
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S. R. Jino Ramson
Assistant Professor, Karunya University
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Optimal Stocking Pattern of Chemical Fertilizers : An Application of the Waiting Time Model
Indian Journal of Marketing, 44(10), 34 -40
Fertilizers are a crucial and vital input in crop production. 'Input dealer' is synonymously treated as 'Fertilizer dealer'. Given the high volume, high value of fertilizers, and the limitation of stocking space in relation to spurt in demand for fertilizers during growing season(s), the input dealers face the problem of deciding on optimal stocking pattern. This study addressed this crucial aspect considering the purchase pattern of different brands of fertilizers by farmers to determine the length of waiting time for fertilizer sale and optimal stocking pattern in Karnataka by using negative binomial distribution (NBD) and geometric distribution (GD). The retail purchase data (sales data) from the sale receipts of the retail outlet of Coromandel International Limited, Bada, Davangere, Karnataka, formed the database of the present study. The results indicated that NBD probability of purchase of fertilizer products varied from 0.35 to 0.62 depending upon the popularity of the fertilizer. The GD probability of purchase of any brand of fertilizer was 0.4, indicating that at least three farmers needed to visit the input dealer to get one unit of any fertilizer product sold. Both the NBD and GD were applied to find the optimal stocking pattern of fertilizers.
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Manjunatha G. R.
Research Scholar, Department of Agricultural Statistics
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Kiran Kumar R. Patil
Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics
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M. G. Chandrakanth
Professor and University Head
Department of Agricultural Economics
University of Agriculture Sciences
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Indian Journal of Marketing, 44(10), 41 - 50
For consumers of a service organization, formation of attitude depends on the perception of services that a firm provides (having experienced the services themselves and by hearing the feedback about the services from their peer or reference group). Knowledge of such factors that influence customers' perception in service encounters, is, therefore, critical, particularly at a time when competition is huge and everybody is focusing to win over the customer by offering one thing or the other. As the telecom industry in India is growing at a rapid pace, the present study attempted to identify the major factors which lead to consumers' attitude formation towards these service providers. Primary data were collected from 267 respondents through a structured questionnaire. Factor analysis was used to extract the factors which lead to attitude formation towards Indian cellular service providers. Four factors namely, Service Quality, Physical Evidence, Price Perception, and Corporate Image were extracted from the collected data. The findings showed that for positive attitude building of customers towards services, a service provider must be conscious about the above-mentioned factors.
Keywords : attitude, service quality, physical evidence, price perception, corporate image
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Nirmaljeet Virk
Assistant Professor, Rayat - Bahra Institute of Management
Sahauran, Kharar, Mohali, Punjab.
Emotional Association with a Brand: A Link that Lasts in Consumers' Memory Through Experience
Indian Journal of Marketing, 44(10), 51 - 59
Experience is that element which resides in the human mind and heart for a lifetime. Whenever the chapters of memories open, emotions are evoked, narrating whether the incident experienced was pleasurable or not. The purpose of this paper was to provide today's marketers with an outlook on how experiences provided by products and services can entangle customers into emotional association with brands. The study also examined the effect of customers' emotional association with a brand on satisfaction. The review of literature identified growing evidence of effect of product dimensions on customers' emotional association with a brand. This paper has shown empirically how emotions primarily work on building customers' emotional association with a brand.
Keywords: consumer, experience, product, brand, emotional association, customer satisfaction
Paper Submission Date: December 22, 2013; Paper sent back for Revision : March 2, 2014 ; Paper Acceptance Date : April 24, 2014
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Jyoti Rawat
Senior Research Fellow, Guru Nanak Dev University
Amritsar, Punjab.