Marketing Big Oil

Brand Lessons from the World’s Largest Companies

Authors: Robinson, M.

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Marketing Big Oil begins with an historical perspective looking at how Big Oil came to be and then analyzes the marketing and corporate branding programs of these oil titans to demonstrate what does and doesn't work, showing us how even the largest companies sometimes fail to get their message across.

About the authors

Mark Robinson spent many years in the trenches of the oil industry, first with Mobil Oil, then Exxon Mobil, and finally in the Global Oil & Gas practice of Deloitte & Touche. In addition to his expertise in oil and gas, Dr. Robinson teaches MBA classes in marketing and advertising at several universities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is also a noted contributor to several industry publications including Oilfield Technology. Dr. Robinson is also the Founder and CEO of Capitol Hill Communications, a communications consultancy, helping companies to navigate the complexities of Washington, DC politics.

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"With Robinson's background in oil, and his extensive travels around the world, this book offers a balanced view of an industry which has traditionally focused on engineering obstacles and price gyrations rather than endearing themselves to the consumer. Some recent catastrophic events have shown the importance of a strong corporate brand and good PR, and Robinson's analysis connects decades of events into a common thread. I wonder why no one thought of such an interesting subject before?" - Christopher G. Nicholson, Founder, Deloitte Global Energy and Resources

"This book is exhaustively researched and a wonderful account of the history of the so called Big Oil companies and their public image problems. Dr. Robinson carefully crafts how these companies shape what they say about themselves and create a public image in marketing campaigns. With choice languages and symbols, they frame a message to be received by consumers that may or may not reflect what these big oil companies actually do. The breadth and depth of this penetrating work shows the disconnect between what these oil companies say and their corresponding actions. As an African that has lived the contradictions of perceptions and experiences from these oil companies, I salute Dr. Robinson for his insight and courage in helping us understand how these oil companies operate in emerging markets. This is a gripping and a compelling work that takes you inside the making and operations of the big oil companies." - Stephen Onu, Chair, African Integrity Group

"Robinson's engaging and timely book on a complex marketing arena brings forth some 'crude' home truths, backed up by historical context and lessons from the corporate world, all weaved into a balanced industry perspective on the state of affairs in a digitally savvy world. Budding marketing professionals as well as industry veterans, and those interested in how some of world's biggest oil and gas companies succeed (or fail) in etching their global brand equity would find this book to be a thoroughly good read." - Oilholics Synonymous


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction: Why We Love to Hate the Oil Companies

    Robinson, Mark L.

    Pages 1-4

  • Big Oil and the Love-Hate Relationship

    Robinson, Mark L.

    Pages 6-9

  • The Oil Refining Era: 1863–1869

    Robinson, Mark L.

    Pages 10-16

  • The Standard Oil Empire Reigns Supreme: 1870–1900

    Robinson, Mark L.

    Pages 17-25

  • The End of One Oil Empire and the Beginning of Another: 1905–1911

    Robinson, Mark L.

    Pages 26-30

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Hardcover $70.00
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Softcover $67.50
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marketing Big Oil
Book Subtitle
Brand Lessons from the World’s Largest Companies
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38807-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137388070
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38916-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48226-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 153
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