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Elsewhere, Jean-Noel Kapferer has presented the notion of the brand as a contract (Kapferer 1997). Here there is an implied agreement between manufacturer and consumer. In this ‘contract’ the consumer implicitly infers some kind of ‘offer’ or a set of ‘terms and conditions’ to which they ‘agree’ when buying into the brand. What is interesting here is that there need not be much or any common ground between what the provider in reality feels they are offering and what the consumer ‘buys into’. The brand provider may ‘make suggestions’ as to what ‘the contract’ involves, but ultimately it is the consumer who fixes the ‘terms and conditions’.

Most recently Giep Franzen and Margot Bouwman (2001) have conducted an impressive review of psychological and neuroscientific knowledge to create a ‘state of the art understanding’ of the ‘mental world of brands’. In summary, they picture brands as living in the mental world in the form of an array of items of memory held together and shaped by ‘schemata’. In this mental world of brands, items of brand memory are usually acquired in ways that are not conscious; in turn, brand ‘decisions’ are by definition not fully conscious decisions.

They have significance insofar as they are in some way shared and generate multiple and collective responses. They do not exist in any absolutely concrete form and yet they make things happen, not only on an individual basis, but on a collective basis; and not only because of individual meanings, but because of collectively shared meanings. They exert their force on consumer buying patterns, loyalty patterns or the adoption of the new. Brands and Needs A further key element in the branding literature, and often a taken-forgranted component in the issues explored in actual brand research, is the idea that brands in some way or other address consumer ‘needs’.

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