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The New (Marketing) Role of Firms as Media Content Providers – The case of SME’s Strategic Social Media Presence

Csordás, Tamás and Gáti, Mirkó (2014) The New (Marketing) Role of Firms as Media Content Providers – The case of SME’s Strategic Social Media Presence. Vezetéstudomány - Budapest Management Review, 45 (2). pp. 22-32.

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Abstract

In the new social media context, it is gradually more common to say that each party can itself be considered a media content provider, firms included (through their brand pages). This tendency is reflected in a rising professional field called “content marketing”. This study incorporates the perspective of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into the scope of social media (SM) as a marketing communications and media content distribution system. In an exploratory content analysis of 20 official SM brand pages with 1281 analyzed posts the authors study how SMEs respond to the advent of a new paradigm of marketing communications with special attention to their usage of media-specific contents. SM impels companies to eventually rethink the traditional one-way communication flow of their marketing messages and to incorporate a new, two-way communication into their marketing strategy, where (their engaged and involved) users can create, modify, share and discuss content related to the firm’s activity. This study’s preliminary results show that diffusing content generally acts for SMEs as a facilitator to involve fans by offering a thematized space for them to manifest themselves in company-related topics. Therefore, content adds to the firms’ possibilities of brand positioning by offering a reflection of fans’ company- and contentrelated behavior, which is a supplementary source of information.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:social media (SM), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), content marketing, marketing communications, media content distribution system
Subjects:Marketing
Media and communication
ID Code:1447
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:17 Feb 2014 16:10
Last Modified:21 Dec 2018 15:18

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