Karel Jan Alsem is Professor of Marketing at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands. In addition, he is Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He is also a consultant in branding and health care marketing. His main research interests concern strategic brand management, marketing communications, and marketing planning. Alongside a number of books, he has published papers in journals such as the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Applied Economics, and the Journal of Market Focused Management.