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How to sell a country: the booming business of nation branding (theguardian.com)
72 points by pmcpinto 12 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments

After reading the article I still don't see how this new generation of nation branders is any different, as the author claims, from any other marketing agency that does some research on a place and slaps a logo on it.

Brings to mind the Canadian government's official wordmark:


It's simple, yet clever (the "D" in Canada is a flagpole!) and you see it everywhere.

I guess nation branding is distinct from cultural exporting, which implicitly grants good will towards the country.

In the 21st Century I feel like no country has been more successful at this than South Korea.

One of the things that I find so striking about south korea is their success with cultural exports, specifically k-pop. Its surprising how many Americans consciously consume k-pop, particularly when compared to Western European media. I've never met anyone who consciously consumes german-pop, or italian-pop

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