Online vs. Offline Gossip as a Source of Corporate Communicative Advantage

Horváth, Dóra, Mitev , Ariel Zoltán, Bauer, András, Csordás, Tamás and Móricz , Éva (2010) Online vs. Offline Gossip as a Source of Corporate Communicative Advantage. In: Marketing Theory Challenges in Emerging Societies - 1st EMAC Regional Conference, 2010. szeptember 24-25., Budapest.

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In a world that may be described by information revolution, it is becoming more and more important to discover the diffusion of information and news in a new technological environment. We are not dependent but, more in control of receiving and forwarding information in this technology driven environment. What we can find is that in today’s interpersonal communications, even corporate communications, gossip-like information gain a more important role. Starting from the psychological notion of gossip we asked the question how gossip occurs, evolves and disperses on the internet, what the main criteria of its diffusion and how these maybe taken into service of a company. The power of gossip derives from its biological basis that is communication advantage. The “newsmonger” maybe described with good memory, being up-to-date even in non-gossip like situations. The spread of info is faster and more precise among people with similar professions or of common interest. The content of the gossip adopts to the intellectual level of its audience. We conducted multiple research methods in order to discover about the nature of gossip of corporate interest: content analyses of blogs (N=10) and forums (N=10); online in-depth interviews (N=10); and individual consumer narratives (N=100). Our research shows that companies may lead and use gossip in an online context for their own communication intentions, however, corporate presence in terms of online gossips has to fulfill requirements in order to remain acceptable: that are specific language and place, openness, being direct about expressing intention and origin. In our paper we are going to present our major results and theoretical model

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:online, gossip, word-of-mouth, content analysis
Divisions:Faculty of Business Administration > Institute of Marketing and Media > Department of Media, Marketingcommunications and Telecommunications
Media and communication
ID Code:1514
Deposited By: Dr. Horváth Dóra
Deposited On:01 Apr 2014 15:15
Last Modified:01 Apr 2014 15:15

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