The Politics of Brand
Posted November 12, 2012on:
The U.S presidential election is imminent and, not surprisingly, politics are dominating everyone’s conversations. Last week a work colleague and I had an on-going discussion of whether brands have political connotations.
We started with an observation about cars in the office parking lot: more Republicans own BMW’s while more Democrats own Jeeps. Cars turned into sports: Democrats prefer football while Republicans prefer baseball. We tried to find a pattern with fast food restaurants but couldn’t.
My colleague then speculated that logo color might reveal something about political leanings. Coca-Cola, Verizon, and Oracle would all be considered Republican while Pepsi, AT&T, and SAP would be Democratic. Chick-fil-A’s red logo seems to be consistent with their recent political controversy.
While it’s an intriguing notion, the theory didn’t stand up to a little on-line sleuthing. The neuro-insight research firm Buyology studied consumers’ non-conscious connections to brands and discovered variations by political affiliation:
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