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In his article, the author argues that city branding is a kind of life buoy for some local authorities and governments to attract investors and tourists. It is overused, misused, and makes many people think of superficial marketing tricks. In most cases, attractive logos, similar taglines on empty promises, and fat budgets on advertising are used for branding, yielding nothing in return. He points out that governments should help the world understand the real, complex, rich, diverse nature of their people and landscapes, their history and heritage, and their products and resources. The author emphasizes that more engagement, not simply communication, with the rest of the world can raise the profile of cities. By drawing conclusions from Saffron Brand Consultants’ “global city brand barometer” report, he points to the correlation between two aspects of a city’s brand: its “assets” and its “buzz.”

 

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A. Turgay Adıyaman
A. Turgay Adıyaman A. Turgay Adıyaman is the Managing Director of Turkey and the Caspian region for Saffron Brand Consultants.
From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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