Published on November 15, 2022 by Morgan Black  
Peters Courtney
 
Courtney Peters, assistant professor of marketing in Samford University’s Brock School of Business, was a participant in the Society for Marketing Advances (SMA) annual conference, Nov. 2-5, 2022. During the conference, her paper was recognized as a “Best in Track” paper in the marketing ethics and corporate social responsibility category.
 
The SMA is a premier marketing association that connects marketing educations and professionals in the United States and abroad. Its mission is to promote the growth of intellectual leadership in the field of marketing on the part of teachers, researchers, and students in universities and executive business and government.
 
Her paper, “Your Reputation Proceeds You: The Impact of Corporate Sociopolitical Activism on Consumer-Based Brand Equity,” was cowritten with marketing professors from The University of Memphis and DePaul University.
 
In the paper, Peters and the coauthors evaluate the impact of corporate sociopolitical activism (CSA) on consumer-based brand equity (CBBE). The group collected examples of CSA events using RavenPack Analytics from 2007-2020. Using daily brand equity data from YouGov as the measure of consumer-based brand equity, they analyzed the impact of CSA on CBBE and then, used a cross-sectional regression to evaluate how a firm’s CSR reputation and specific branding characteristics will impact this relationship. Results suggest that firms can mitigate the negative effects of CSA on CBBE when they have a strong reputation for CSR. Additionally, the paper explains that firms can further mitigate the negative effects using specific brand characteristics such as dynamic and asymmetric logos.  
 
Peters, who joined the Brock School of Business faculty in the fall of 2022, teaches courses related to principles of marketing, digital and social media marketing, and customer journey and content marketing. 
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.