Brand artification beyond luxury: Evidence from Russian brand-and-artist collaborations
This paper explores the artification process from three perspectives: the brand, the artist or art institution and the consumer. The paper is based on three Russian cases of brand-and-artist collaborations in the spheres of fashion and hospitality. The study consists of two phases. Phase 1 uses in-depth expert interviews to investigate the benefits and risks of artification for brands and artists. Phase 2 uses an online survey to measure the art-infusion effect along the five dimensions of consumer experience: sensory, affective, behavioural, intellectual and social. The results show that both partners of brand-and-artist collaboration receive marketing benefits and create new meanings for their brands. Values fit, target audience fit and careful consideration of the artificated product concept are the main premises of successful collaboration. The findings demonstrate that the sensory, affective and behavioural dimensions of consumer experience are mostly affected by the art-infusion effect. The interest of a person in art affects the intellectual dimension of the consumer experience. The study confirms that the perception of the product as art is a prerequisite for the art-infusion effect and shows a significant impact on the art-infusion effect of con- sumer awareness of the fact that a famous artist participates in the product creation.