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MANG6357 Strategic Brand Communications

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The key principles of strategic brand communications, including media, message and audience;
  • The macro environment for strategic brand communications, including issues around reputation, ethics, industry structure, regulation and effectiveness.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply marketing and communication theories to real life strategic brand communications;
  • Make decisions about multichannel communication based on critical evaluation of available choices for luxury and mass-market brands;
  • Develop a brand communications plan to achieve a specific brand objective.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write effectively for business purposes;
  • Manage individual tasks, personal resources and time effectively;
  • Work effectively as part of a task-orientated and diverse group;
  • Present effectively for business purposes.


The syllabus includes a range of topics relating strategic brand communications: - Introduction to strategic brand communications - Macro influences on brand communications - The structure of the brand communications industry - Promotional mix and media management - examples from luxury and mass market brands - Brand communication planning across multiple channels, media platforms and global audiences - The creative campaign development process - Campaign performance and measurement of brand impact - Brand reputation and ethics in a hyper-connected world.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures • Interactive case studies • Directed reading • Individual assignment Learning activities include: • Individual assignment • Private/guided study

Independent Study70
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Keller, K.L. (2013). Strategic Brand Management: Building, Measuring, and Managing Brand Equity. 

Journal of Marketing. 

Harvard Business Review. 

Branding Republic. 

Kelly, Jugenheimer and Sheehan (2012). Advertising Media Planning: A Brand Management Approach. 

Kapferer, J. (2012). The New Strategic Brand Management: Advanced Insights and Strategic Thinking. 

The Drum. 

De Chernatony, L. and McDonald, M. (2013). Creating Powerful Brands. 

Marketing Communications: Discovery, Creation and Conversations.

Wolny, J . (2016). Marketing Communications in a Digital World in Marketing Theory. 

Katz, H. (2011). The Media Handbook: a complete guide to advertising media selection, planning, research, and buying. 

Journal of Brand Management. 

Egan, J. (2007). Marketing Communications. 

Advertising Age. 

Pickton D., Broderick A. (2008). Integrated Marketing Communications. 

Gladwell, M. (2000). The Tipping Point, or how little things can make a big difference. 



In-class formative opportunities


MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation  (30 minutes) 50%
Group report  (3000 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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