The Attributes of Social Media as a Strategic Marketing Communication Tool

Csordás, Tamás, Markos-Kujbus, Éva and Gáti, Mirkó (2014) The Attributes of Social Media as a Strategic Marketing Communication Tool. Journalism and Mass Communication, 4 (1). pp. 48-71.

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New digital trends are transforming the media industry landscape, modifying elemental characteristics and attitudes of companies as well as of consumers. Firms often claim that their presence in social media (SM) is a key element to success. SM helps companies rethink the traditional one-way flow of their marketing messages and to incorporate a new interactive pattern into their communications. Nevertheless, these tendencies involve problems of strategic myopia for firms that do not structurally integrate these tools. One main problem is that institutions can rarely differentiate between the various types of SM and the attributes thereof, while the literature equally reveals a number of contradictions in the subject. The present conceptual paper lays the foundations of a strategic approach to SM and discusses its theoretical implications. Following an overview on the concept of SM, through a content analysis of the specialized management literature (n = 14), we present various best practices and reflect on the apparent lack of strategic thinking in using SM as a marketing application. Then, we compare these practical examples with general marketing strategy theory. By merging theory and practice, we aim to provide an insight towards a well-founded application of SM as a genuinely strategic marketing tool.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:social media, web 2.0, marketing communications strategy, functional blocks of SM
Media and communication
Projects:TÁMOP 4.2.2/B-10/1-2010-0023
ID Code:1864
Deposited By: MTMT SWORD
Deposited On:02 Mar 2015 12:14
Last Modified:02 Mar 2015 13:35

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