RESEARCH INTERESTS

Social Marketing and Sustainability

In recent years, my teaching and research interests have moved towards sustainability marketing and social marketing. I am studying ecovillages, whose members live in intentional communities striving to practice and promote sustainable lifestyles. Situated in the margins of mainstream societies, both figuratively and literally, ecovillages pose alternative modes of living and consuming with often utopian undertones.

  • Üçok Hughes, M. & McConnell, W. (2016, August). Alternative Lifestyles for a Sustainable Future: Issues, Dilemmas and Paradoxes of Ecovillages. Paper presented at International Society for Markets and Development Conference, Lima, Peru.
  • McConnell, W. & Üçok Hughes, M. (2016, August). Fissures of “Place” in the Globalization of Marketing: Leveraging Survival for Cabo Pulmo, North America’s Oldest Coral Reef. Paper presented at International Society for Markets and Development Conference, Lima, Peru.
  • Üçok Hughes, M. & Martin, D. (2015, June). Community Consumption: An Urban Ecovillage Ethnography. Poster presented at Consumer Culture Theory Conference, Fayetteville, AR.
  • Üçok Hughes, M. & McConnell, W. (2015, May). Changing Social Behavior by Giving Power to the People: A Successful Community-Based Social Marketing Youth Littering Campaign. Paper presented at Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
  • McConnell, W. & Üçok Hughes, M. (2015, April). Enviro-ethical Dialogism: Implications for CSR and Consumer Engagement. Paper presented at World Social Marketing Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • McConnell, W., & Üçok Hughes, M. (2014, September). The Emerging Paradigm of Enviro-ethical Dialogism, Corporate Social Responsibility and Consumer Dynamism. Paper presented at Symposium on International & Interdisciplinary Business Research, Los Angeles, CA. – Best Paper Award

Digital Consumers: A Study of Pinterest

Taking Pinterest, an online image sharing site, as a context of study my research partner Kristen Schiele and I look into how consumers collect, organize, and categorize images to present their taste. Based on semi-structured in-depth interviews with female Pinterest users and visual analysis of their Pinterest boards we explore the ways in which people conspicuously consume and present their taste via a social media platform. Our preliminary findings indicate interesting possession rituals of the digital consumers. I presented the following papers based on this research in the following venues:

  • Schiele, K., & Üçok Hughes, M. (2013). Possession Rituals of the Digital Consumer: A Study of Pinterest. In G. Cornelissen, E.  Reutskaja, & A. Valenzuela (Eds.), E- European Advances in Consumer Research (pp. 47-50). Duluth, MN: Association for Consumer Research. [full paper]
  • Schiele, K., & Üçok Hughes, M. (2013, May). Transfer and Classification of Knowledge Structures of Digital Consumers. Paper presented at the Academy of Marketing Science Conference, Monterey, CA.

Digital Co-Creation: Storygiving

In this research we looked into the concept of storygiving as a co-creation tool and provided a strategy guideline for marketing managers by using Tiffany & Co.’s “What Makes Love True” online campaign as the main example.

  • Üçok Hughes, M., Bendoni, W., & Pehlivan, E. (2016). Storygiving as a co-creation tool for luxury brands in the age of the internet : A love story by Tiffany and thousands of lovers. Journal of Product and Brand Management – Special Issue: Technology’s Transformation of People, Products and Brands, 24 (4). [web link]
  • Bendoni W., Üçok Hughes, M., & Pehlivan, E. (2014, February). A Love Story by Tiffany & Co. and Thousands of Lovers: Story Giving as a Co-creation Tool. Paper presented at 2014 Global Fashion Management Conference in London, London, UK. [abstract]

Digital Consumers: Hispanics 50+

Despite their growing numbers and concomitant increase in buying power, marketers increasingly fall short in their efforts to effectively target the Hispanic segment. In this research, we focus on a specific sub-segment of the Hispanic market: the 50+ generation. By using current and historical analysis of marketing campaigns targeting this group we propose digital marketing strategy opportunities and future managerial implications.

  • Üçok Hughes, M., Stovall, T., & Cardona, R. (2016, October). Digital Marketing and the Overlooked Hispanic 50+ Demographic. Presentation given at Marketing EDGE Direct/Interactive Marketing Research Summit Los Angeles, CA. [abstract]

Digital Fashion Marketing

These conference presentations focus on digital marketing in the context of fashion marketing. The first paper looks at the impacts of digital age, specifically social media on fashion marketing. In the second paper, we define and describe digital curation in the context of fashion marketing, and provide a brief typology of digital curators. The purpose is to derive strategic implications for fashion marketers.

  • Üçok Hughes, M., Bendoni, W., & Nagel, A. (2015, June). Fashion Disruption in the Digital Age. Paper presented at GAMMA Fashion Management Conference, Florence, Italy.
  • Bendoni, W., Pehlivan, E., & Üçok Hughes, M. (2014, October). Digital Curation in the Context of Fashion Marketing. Paper presented at Marketing EDGE Direct/Interactive Marketing Research Summit, San Diego, CA.

Marketing Education

  • Üçok Hughes, M. (2015). Design and implementation recommendations for an undergraduate sustainable marketing course. In G. Black, & M. M. Nelson (Eds.), Teaching Marketing to New Generations and Non-Traditional Students. Proceedings of Marketing Educators’ Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 15-17 April (pp. 163-169). [pdf]
  • Üçok Hughes, M., & McConnell, W. (2015). A journey towards an interdisciplinary integrated marketing curriculum. In G. Black, & M. M. Nelson (Eds.), Teaching Marketing to New Generations and Non-Traditional Students. Proceedings of Marketing Educators’ Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 15-17 April (pp. 44-48). [pdf]
  • Üçok Hughes, M., & Kaigler-Walker, K. (2012). Development and Implementation of an AACSB Assessment Plan: Assessing Two Mission-based Principle Learning Objectives in an Introductory Marketing Course. Proceedings of Marketing Educators’ Association Conference (pp. 202-212). Long Beach, CA. [pdf]

Immigrant Consumer Research

For my doctoral thesis I studied the consumption practices of Turkish transmigrants (transnational immigrants) whose lives stretch between Turkey and Denmark. Below are the publications based on this research:

  • Üçok Hughes, M. (2013), “Social Status Implications of Transmigrants’ Consumer Practices in Their Cultures of Origin”, in Advances in Consumer Research. Association for Consumer Research. [special session extended abstracts]
  • Üçok, M. (2011), “Consumption Practices of Transmigrants: A Multi-sited Ethnographic Study of Turkish Immigrants in Denmark”, published doctoral thesis, University of Southern Denmark University Press.
  • Üçok Hughes, M. (2010). From Resistance to Integration: Changing Consumer Acculturation Practices of Immigrants. In M. Campbell, J. Inman, & R. Pieters (Eds.), Advances in Consumer Research (pp. 10-14). Pittsburg, PA: Association for Consumer Research. [special session extended abstracts]
  • Üçok, M., & Askegaard, S. (2008). Capital Build-up and Transfer: The Case of Turco-Danish Transmigrants.  In A. Lee, & D. Soman (Eds.), Advances in Consumer Research (pp. 162-165). Memphis, TN: Association for Consumer Research. [special session extended abstracts]
  • Üçok, M. (2006). Transnational Consumption Practices for Social Mobility: A Study of Turkish Immigrants in Denmark. AMID-Academy for Migration Studies in Denmark Working Paper. [web link]
  • Üçok, M., & Kjeldgaard, D. (2005). Consumption Practices in Transnational Social Spaces: A Study of Turkish Transmigrants. In K. Ekström & H. Brembeck (Eds.), European Advances in Consumer Research, (pp. 431-436). Goteborg, Sweden: Association for Consumer Research. [full paper]

 “Other” As The Extended Self

In this research we studied how children’s appearances relate to their parents’ extended selves and the dynamics of negotiation and projection between these two parties. Following is a conference proceeding based on this research:

  • Üçok Hughes, M., Kaigler-Walker, K., & Bendoni, W. (2012). Young Children as Parents’ Extended Selves. In L. Robinson (Ed.), Marketing Dynamism & Sustainability: Things Change, Things Stay the Same. Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science [CD-ROM]. Ruston, LA: Academy of Marketing Science. [full paper]

Nation Branding

With my two co-authors I studied the notion of nation branding specifically in the context of Ukraine, an emerging post-communist market. Below are the two conference proceedings and a poster stemming from this research:

  • Visconti, L. M., Üçok Hughes, M., & Bagramian, R. (2012). Diversity Appreciated? A Visual Longitudinal Analysis of Ukraine’s Nation Branding Campaigns. In Z. Gürhan-Canli, C. Otnes, & R. Zhu (Eds.), NA – Advances in Consumer Research (pp. 935-936). Duluth, MN: Association for Consumer Research. [extended abstract]
  • Bagramian, R., Üçok Hughes, M., & Visconti L. M. (2012). Bringing the Nation to the Nation Branding Debate: Evidence From Ukraine. Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) World Marketing Congress – Cultural Perspectives in Marketing Conference. [extended abstract]
  • Bagramian, R., Üçok Hughes, M., & Visconti, L. M. (2012, August). Bringing the Nation to the Nation Branding Debate: Evidence From Ukraine. Poster session presented at American Marketing Association (AMA) Summer Educators’ Conference, Chicago, IL. [poster image]