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Image(s) on Instagram: En studie om hur Filippa K:s image uppfattas av deras följare genom visuell bildkommunikation på Instagram
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies. 1993.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Social media platforms, such as Instagram, has created an opportunity for companies to communicate with its stakeholders in a totally different way than before. As Instagram allows two-way communication between the company and its stakeholders, the followers has a part of how the image is related to the brand. However, we have not found any scientific studies that examines how this image is perceived by the followers.

This study was aiming to investigate how the Swedish fashion company and brand Filippa K are using Instagram as a communication tool to form their followers’ idea of the brand. More specifically, it studied how Filippa K’s image was perceived by their followers. The research question “what image is perceived by Filippa K’s followers by Filippa K’s visual image communication on Instagram?” was formulated to solve the problem. The results of this study was built upon data from eight qualitative interviews with Filippa K’s followers on Instagram. The analysis leant on theoretical framework about brand identity and brand image, as well as Stuart Hall’s encoding/ decoding theory. By using these in the analysis, the result showed that the followers perceived a positive image of Filippa K. However, the followers also formed their different opinions about Filippa K as a brand as well as alternative decoding beyond the core values that the company’s identity is based upon. The essential parts of Filippa K’s identity was perceived, hence a conclusion was made that the image implicated a Swedish, in vogue brand with high qualitative products that focus on style, simplicity and sustainability.

The results of this study has given an insight of the impact Instagram has on how followers perceive an image. With an understanding for the followers, a company can work with its market communication on Instagram to form the brand image towards one way or another. 

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2016. , p. 50
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Brand image, Följare, Instagram, Modeföretag, Brand identity
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-314135OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-314135DiVA, id: diva2:1069424
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Media and Communication Studies
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