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Social media, S-Commerce and social capital: A netnography of football fans and organizations

Fenton, A, Proctor, C, McLean, R and Quan-Haas, A (2023) Social media, S-Commerce and social capital: A netnography of football fans and organizations. International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 20 (1). pp. 63-68. ISSN 1470-6075

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Social media channels allow brands to establish meaningful social relations with customers. This paper evaluates the role of social capital in building these online relationships for the benefit of commercial value and s-commerce for brands. Extensive empirical data was collected over a two-year netnography study using the social media channels of a football club in the UK as a vehicle for the study. A multimethod design was employed that included online participant observation, social network analysis, and semi-structured interviews with football fans and social media managers. The majority of brand social media followers are often weakly connected. Finding ways to strengthen social capital with customers has significant brand and commercial implications. Positive interactions with customers are critical to building social capital to strengthen and sustain the brand. Social capital can be successfully built and nurtured through engaging content and positive interactions through social media channels.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cyberbalkanisation.; Social Network Analysis; Netnography.; Social Capital; S-Commerce; 1503 Business and Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Screen School
Publisher: Inderscience
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2023 10:39
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 00:50
DOI or ID number: 10.1504/IJTTC.2023.10054825
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16956
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