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Kan företag kontrollera sitt varumärke online?: En kvalitativ studie om villkoren för marknadskommunikation i sociala medier 
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Are companies able to control their brand online? : A qualitative study on the conditions for marketing in Social Media (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This study aims to investigate the conditions that prevail when companies put their marketing in social media with the purpose of creating a perception of the risks and opportunities it brings to businesses and ultimately how it may affect the corporate image and identity.

Theories: The basis of the problem area are presented through a theoretical framework with the purpose of highlighting the notions of social media, communi- cation, marketing communication, groundswell, corporate identity and image.

Methodology: To investigate the research questions this study adopted a qualitative approach in which the authors study the properties of a phenomenon in order to seek a deeper understanding of the problems we have presented. There is an exploratory approach to knowledge and the authors have chosen to conduct qualitative research interviews based upon three themes: driving forces, challenges and impacts.

Conclusion: The study revealed that traditional models of communication are no longer applicable in social media. Companies are up for a challenge and must clarify their sole purpose when establishing communication in the social landscape. The general motivation for marketing in social media is making profit, however, building relationships is not a natural motive for most companies. The risks companies expe- rience is the exposure caused by social media and the study also reveals that this fear is firmly attached to their lack of knowledge of these new channels of communicat- ion and their primary areas of use which indicates that skilled employees plays a vi- tal role with their use of social media in their communication process. The results of this study contribute to an important part of the media and communication science research as it highlights and compares the components of the communication pro- cess in social media over traditional marketing communication. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
social Media, communication, marketing communication, marketing, corporate identity, corporate image, groundswell
Keyword [sv]
Sociala medier, marknadskommunikation, kommunikation, företagsidentitet, image, identitet, groundswell, marknadsföring
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-20629OAI: diva2:538726
Subject / course
Media and Communications Science; Media and Communications Science
Educational program
International Communication Programme, 180 credits; Advertising, Graphic Design and Visual Communication Programme, 180 credits
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-07-04 Created: 2012-07-01 Last updated: 2012-07-04Bibliographically approved

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