Entrepreneurial marketing and digital political communication – a citizen-led perspective on the role of social media in political discourse

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Amoncar, Nihar 2020. Entrepreneurial marketing and digital political communication – a citizen-led perspective on the role of social media in political discourse. Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. https://doi.org/10.1108/JRME-12-2018-0066
AuthorsAmoncar, Nihar
Abstract

The paper intends to explore the role and function of citizen-led social media forums in the marketing of political discourse. Using the Entrepreneurial marketing perspective of ‘co-creation of value’, this paper explores the manner in which consumers of political communications in a specific region have created user generated value via setting up Facebook forums to manage the risk created by fake news and the trust deficit between citizens and mainstream media. The paper adopts a ‘netnographic’ approach to investigation and the data is analysed manual coding (Kozinets, 2015). Facebook groups form the virtual research field in in the context of this study. This approach is adopted because in a social media environment, netnography capitalizes over a growing virtual and online communities and allows researchers to study the richness of these online communities (Mkono and Markwell, 2014). The study provides insights on how administrators and moderators of Facebook groups create value for other users by identifying and communicating the risks emerging from Social media based political communication. The study finds that such citizen-led initiatives act as online social aggregators. The value that such groups offer its users/members resides within a well-bound, controlled and moderated online medium that encourages users to counter fake news and misinformation - thereby solving a key problem within the user market i.e. citizen-media trust deficit. The study utilizes a qualitative, netnographic approach and the emerging insights cannot be generalised. The emergent findings are specific to the context of this study and researchers are encouraged to further test the propositions emerging from this research in varied contexts. The study extends the application of Entrepreneurial marketing in political contexts using the seven dimensions of Entrepreneurial marketing which will provide impetus for future political campaigns in terms of unique value creation for publics. The paper also emerges with the role citizen-initiated forums can play in the effective dissemination of digital political communication as user generated content is aiding political debate. The paper takes initiative in investigating the use of Social media in Politics from the citizens perspective, which is comparatively marginalised against the number of studies taking place which investigate the Political party end use of Social media for Political marketing.

KeywordsPolitical marketing; Entrepreneurial marketing; Digital marketing; Citizen led social media forums; Social media; Indian politics; Fake news
Year2020
JournalJournal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship
PublisherEmerald
ISSN1471-5201
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/JRME-12-2018-0066
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/625265
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Publication dates14 Oct 2020
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Accepted07 Jul 2020
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