City branding or strategic communication is a rising function in modern urban policies and new styles of local governance. Increasingly cities are addressing their positioning –or re-positioning-, not only at European level but at the global arena. They are seeking a clearer positioning in the new economic landscape that will emerge from the present economic crisis. Often such kinds of processes are addressed without method, or they are merely approached as a matter of labelling, with little empathy with the feeling of local communities. Many of them therefore fall into circumstantial or inconsistent results.
CityLogo is a network on Innovative Place-Brand Management that has been launched as a reaction to the most common gaps in the way cities and regions address branding and marketing. The rationale is that city-branding should be embedded in broader and participatory processes of re-thinking urban identities to be then filtered by urban-driven communication codes, resulting in more powerful brand-toolkits. In addition, more effective formulas for stakeholder involvement and management should be widely promoted. A multi-dimensional task fed by different perspectives and local agents, with a clear strategic scope. In short, a true exercise of integrated urban management.
CityLogo partners believe city brand management will be central to urban policies in the years to come