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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Place Marketing and Urban Retail Agglomerations: An examination of shoppers' place attractiveness perceptions
Author(s): Teller, Christoph
Elms, Jonathan
Thomson, Jennifer
Paddison, Andrew
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Keywords: place marketing
place users
retail location
Issue Date: May-2010
Citation: Teller C, Elms J, Thomson J & Paddison A (2010) Place Marketing and Urban Retail Agglomerations: An examination of shoppers' place attractiveness perceptions, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 6 (2), pp. 124-133.
Abstract: This article approaches the perceptions of shoppers towards urban retail agglomerations from the perspective of place marketing. Acknowledging that place marketers need to be mindful of how place users can be best fulfilled, this research conceptualises the agglomeration as a place marketing site. The literature reveals the role of place users, in particular the retail customers, in the place formation process. As such, an evaluation framework proposes antecedents of (retail-related) place attractiveness in order to understand what the key drivers of this behaviour are. An empirical study is presented involving almost 500 face-to-face interviews of shoppers at the time they visit a town centre. The results show that the retail tenant mix and the atmosphere influence attractiveness most significantly. Critical reflection of the literature, with respect to the empirical findings, reveals the crucial necessity to understand and integrate the place user’ s point of view into the concept of place marketing. This research addresses a gap in the literature on place marketing, focusing on place users ’ perceptions as opposed to the dominant theme of place actor’ s strategic needs.
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Rights: Published in Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. Copyright © 2010 Palgrave Macmillan; This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Volume 6, Issue 2, May 2010, pp. 124 – 133 is available online at:

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