Corporate brands: what’s new?


  • John M. T. Balmer Bradford School of Management



Corporate brands, brand architecture, corporate identity


2001 marked the tenth anniversary of a seminal article on corporate branding written by the distinguished English advertising consultant Stephen King (1991). In this article King’s contribution to the emergent theory relating to corporate branding in the context of recent scholarship is appraised. This article outlines the benefits and characteristics of corporate brands. It details the differences between product and corporate brands and summarises the relationships between corporate brands and corporate identity and corporate reputation. The author’s survey of the business environment reveals there to be proliferation of new corporate branding types. As such, six new corporate branding categories have been identified which are termed: familial, multiplex, shared, surrogate, supra and federal. King’s prediction that the last decade will witness increased importance to corporate brands does have a contemporary resonance. Looking ahead to the next decade, and picking up a theme of an earlier article (Balmer 1998) the author predicts that a new management area will emerge: an area that he calls “corporate marketing”. It will be multidisciplinary in scope and will encompass organisational, corporate and visual identity, corporate branding, reputation and corporate communications.


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Balmer, J. M. T. (2005). Corporate brands: what’s new?. Comunicação E Sociedade, 8, 163–178.



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