Social Media Responses and Brand Personality in Product and Moral Harm Crises: Why Waste a Good Crisis?

Nadeau, John, Rutter, Richard and Lettice, Fiona (2020) Social Media Responses and Brand Personality in Product and Moral Harm Crises: Why Waste a Good Crisis? Journal of Marketing Management. ISSN 0267-257X

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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to understand the process of attitudinal changes towards a brand in crisis and the brand’s communication around the crisis by utilising balance theory and brand personality. Four crisis case studies were selected and data was collected from brands’ Twitter platforms on either side of the crisis event horizon. Results demonstrate an opportunity to update the balance theory approach in a crisis by considering the type of crisis (product harm vs. moral harm) relative to brand personality (brand competence vs. brand character). Balance theory helps explain how consumer attitude changes occur through a crisis. Further, the mapping of brand communications in social media over four selected case studies show that brand personality identity can change as a result of a crisis and demonstrate how brand managers can actively frame their online communication to help the brand to recover more effectively from a crisis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: brand crisis,balance theory,brand management,brand personality,consumer sentiment,social media,strategy and management,marketing ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1400/1408
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2020 00:13
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 23:49
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/75619
DOI: 10.1080/0267257X.2020.1764080

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