Relationship Communication and Traditional and Consumer Generated Media
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Purpose: Current research  compared the differences in terms of perception of trustworthiness and emotional appeal of traditional and consumer generated marketing media and  evaluated the correlation between factors of the recently developed relationship communication framework (Finne & Grönroos, 2009) with the perception of a marketing action by actual customers of a firm, to see whether these factors should be considered in firm’s marketing communication strategy. Additionally, the researchers compared the correlations between traditional and consumer generated media types to the relationship communication factors, effectively combining the two researched subjects.
Design and execution: The research utilized quantitative research approach relying on simple random sampling technique within fitness and recreational settings.
Findings/Implications: Data analysis confirmed that there is a consistent difference between traditional and consumer generated media in terms of perception of trustworthiness and partial and not consistent difference in terms of emotional appeal. Mild correlation between consumer unique factors of relationship communication framework (Finne & Grönroos, 2009) and perception of the marketing action have been confirmed, with these correlations remaining consistent between traditional and consumer generated media. The findings suggest that traditional and consumer generated media have varying impacts on consumer’s perception of marketing action and that incorporating consumer unique factors of relationship communication framework (Finne & Grönroos, 2009) in marketing communication strategy may benefit the firm in relationship building and integrated marketing communication.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 96 p.
relationship communication, relationship marketing, integrated marketing communication, traditional media, consumer generated media, meaning creation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-57032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-57032DiVA: diva2:538952
Master's Programme in Marketing
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Nylén, Ulrica, Studierektor