Zero shades of green?: a qualitative study about individuals’ responses to green exposure on social media
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The use of social media has increased the need of interactivity and information sharing. Individuals are sharing thoughts about different issues. Today, environmental issues have become an everyday matter for many. This matter is manifested through opinion leaders and their blogs or accounts. These opinion leaders possess an incredible power to influence others, which they in many cases take advantage of to inform their readers about topics that matters. This thesis will study how individuals respond to opinion leaders’ publications of green product exposure on social media. The purpose is to deepen the understanding and analyze possible influences related to the individuals’ responses. Green consumption habits are being highlighted as important and green products are exposed through many opinion leaders’ profiles on social media, since they often have an influence on individuals purchasing decisions. To investigate consumer responses on social media a qualitative study has been implemented. This has been done through observations and the construction of a focus group with the aim to strengthen the observational results. The results have mainly showed that individuals often respond positively to opinion leaders’ posts of green products, but their positive responses are related to the opinion leader rather than highlighting the green attributes. These results have been discussed to arisen from the individuals strive to identify themselves with opinion leaders. Furthermore, additional theory has been used to analyze the comments and explain possible influences. The conclusion of this thesis includes proposals for future research related to this topic.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 55 p.
green trend, social media, opinion leaders, blogs, instagram, influences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-15608OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-15608DiVA: diva2:947115
Subject / course
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics