Marketing of unhealthy brands during the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup UK broadcasts – a frequency analysis

Ireland, R., Muc, M., Bunn, C. and Boyland, E. (2021) Marketing of unhealthy brands during the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup UK broadcasts – a frequency analysis. Journal of Strategic Marketing, (doi: 10.1080/0965254X.2021.1967427) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Sport mega-events including the FIFA World Cup are a central component of consumer culture. Major brands are long associated with the World Cup, with many known for unhealthy products. This study quantified visual marketing references to unhealthy brands in the UK broadcasting of the 2018 Men’s World Cup. Eight matches were recorded, and all segments of the recordings were coded for marketing references to unhealthy brands using predefined criteria. A total of 1794 such marketing references were recorded, an average of 224 per broadcast and 1.2 per minute, 95.4% of which were official sponsors. The total time of exposure to unhealthy brand marketing was six hours, 30 minutes and 45 seconds, with 22.7% of the footage including at least one unhealthy brand marketing reference. The results show the World Cup is a platform for the marketing of unhealthy brands with implications for those responsible for public health and television broadcasters.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bunn, Dr Christopher and Ireland, Robin
Authors: Ireland, R., Muc, M., Bunn, C., and Boyland, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Strategic Marketing
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0965-254X
ISSN (Online):1466-4488
Published Online:25 August 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Strategic Marketing 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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