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LVMH & Tiffany: The master negotiator is at play again!

The LVMH's Tiffany acquisition was announced in late 2019. However, recently, rumours have emerged that LVMH has got cold fit in paying 37% premium for an acquisition in this COVID-19 era. I offer an alternative account of what may be going on behind the scene. Speculative I know, but nothing is impossible in the master negotiator Bernard Arnault's playbook. Have a read! 

What is your digital value strategy?

Value is a fundamental driver for consumer decision making. However, many organizations are unclear about what value consumer derive from their products or services. Moreover, this is even more complicated in the digital environment. Using research over the past decade, I provide a strategic toolkit to think and thrive through developing and managing digital value for your organization. 

Engaging the gamers: what motivates gamers to purchase virtual goods

Virtual goods market generates more than $15 billion in annual revenue globally and is rising rapidly. We demonstrate how and which extrinsic and intrinsic motivations influence gamers to engage and purchase virtual goods. In examining the interactive effects of individual- and group-level variables, we uncover the social influence dynamics that drive virtual purchase behaviour. Thus, we answer if the virtual economy-based purchase behaviour demonstrates an extension of real-world behaviour.

Luxury brands in recession: Developing a better value proposition and luxury brand strategy

Commenting on my last post on ‘luxury value propositions‘, Mostafa Huga and Thangaraj asked a very pertinent question, ‘how should managers’ build a better value proposition and a marketing strategy for luxury brands in recession?’ Brand management is extremely crucial for luxury industry in customer retention and keeping consumers loyal. Focusing on value propositions can help managers not only in building a better corporate branding strategy but also a good customer relationship management campaign.

As I stated in my earlier blogs (Managing luxury brands in recession) and (Gucci’s response) that managers need to continuously focus on and understand [Read Story]

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Beyond Bling: Comparing Conspicuous Consumption in Today’s Society

Funded by British Academy, I led project with Professor Keyoor Purani at IIMK. The project looks at the influence of economic conditions on contemporary conspicuous consumption tendencies among consumers in the UK and India. The project findings demonstrate the variations between the British and Indian consumers showing how socio-economic market conditions influence conspicuous consumption.

They are not all same (Part 1): how Asian consumers differ in their luxury consumption – case of India

  While luxury in Asia is booming with the rise of new money and an affluent consumption class the picture is not rosy for all the luxury brands emerging within or outside of Asia. Some stellar examples of struggle involve Prada and Mulberry in China, Aigner and de Grisogono in India and Ermenegildo Zegna entering, leaving and re-entering Indian market. Moreover, with Chinese gift-giving on sudden decline with the subtle message from the premier, many luxury brands have their work cut out in present and future regarding how to succeed in these rapidly growing but ever so competitive [Read Story]

Managing luxury brands in recession

In the earlier blog ‘Luxury consumption: will it really be affected by recession?’ I provided my perspective on luxury consumption and effects of recession on it. I stated why there will be little affect of recession on luxury consumption. Furthermore, in a sequel to that blog I wrote another blog titled ‘consumption tendencies in recession: early evidence’ wherein the propositions I had forwarded were supported by consumers representing various countries and industries.

Respondents in my exploratory study confirmed the relatively lesser effect of recession on consumption pattern with regard to luxury goods. However, they also raised concerns as to [Read Story]

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