Contributor(s)Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Macquarie University. Department of Marketing and Management
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AbstractThis project explores the presence and use of brand community in relation to sports betting. This is an important area of inquiry given the increase in gambling marketing in Australia, as research examining its potential impact is only recently emerging. Brand community is a community of consumers formed on the basis of affection for and connections to a particular brand. Three key markers of brand community have previously been identified. These are consciousness of kind (e.g. a sense of togetherness between consumers in the community), rituals and traditions (customs associated with consumption of the brand), and shared moral responsibility (integrating members into, and fostering a sense of sympathy between consumers in the community). The study explores the presence and meanings of these markers of brand community in relation to sports betting marketing, how they may engage young adult gamblers, and then examines the responses of a sample of gamblers. A mixed methods approach was used. A content analysis of contemporary sports betting marketing on sports websites, and during live footage and sports (the National Rugby League [NRL] and Australian Football League [AFL]) competitions was undertaken to identify and analyse brand activity displaying markers of brand community.