What Do Stakeholders ‘Like’ on Facebook? Examining Public Reactions to Nonprofit Organizations’ Informational, Promotional, and Community-Building Messages
Journal of Public Relations Research, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 280-299, 2014
36 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2014
Date Written: January 2, 2014
Though public relations scholarship has often discussed the possibilities of dialogue and engagement using social media, research has not truly explored this dynamic. Instead, research on social media platforms has focused on measuring the content and structure of organizational profiles. This study seeks to enhance the field’s discussion about social media engagement by determining what organizational content individual stakeholders prefer on Facebook in terms of liking, commenting, and sharing. A content analysis of 1,000 updates from organizations on the Nonprofit Times 100 list indicates that, based on what they comment on and “like,” individuals prefer dialogic as well as certain forms of mobilizational messages; however, they are more likely to share one-way informational messages with their own networks. These findings are interpreted using practical and theoretical implications for the practice of public relations.
Keywords: social media, Facebook, nonprofits, nonprofit organizations, stakeholder relations, public relations, accountability, dialogue, marketing
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