Traditional consumer anger management tends to be compromising rather than empowering the brand. This paper conceptualizes and provides a case example on how consumer empowerment and negative emotions can in fact create opportunities for companies to ride the waves of consumer anger in a way that strengthens their brand. The consumers are empowered by ‘letting this anger out’, from which firms can gain huge attention. Companies can utilize such situations to inform people on their brands’ core values, and initiate discussions of larger societal relevance, which improves the brand awareness and value. This calls for a reconsideration of assumptions that empowerment is like a seesaw swinging in favor of either the consumer or the company, and that negative emotions can only be destructive.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 44th European Marketing Academy Conference|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||44th European Marketing Academy Conference - Leuven, Belgium|
Duration: 24 Apr 2015 → 27 May 2015
|Conference||44th European Marketing Academy Conference|
|Period||24/04/2015 → 27/05/2015|