Dancing on Facebook - A case study of a performing arts organization's social media presence

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Nikander, Laura
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-06T11:43:10Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-06T11:43:10Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/15904
dc.description.abstract Objective of the Study: The objective of the present thesis was to contribute to further understanding of how social media and Facebook in particular are used in the field of performing arts. The thesis focused on studying the case organization's external communication activities targeted to its fans on the social networking site of Facebook. The purpose was to gain a thorough understanding of how the case organization could improve its Facebook page and other social media channels to better communicate and engage with its fans. The thesis also aimed at identifying what fans expect of the Facebook page and general social media presence and how the Facebook page fosters dialogue and engages with the fans. The research topic was studied in the context of performing arts organizations; the case organization was a Finnish contemporary dance company, Tero Saarinen Company (TSC). Methodology and the Analytical Framework: The study was conducted as mixed-methods research with an emphasis on the qualitative approach. The data was collected from two primary sources: an interview with the case organization and an online survey of the case organization's Facebook fans. In addition, secondary data was collected through online observation of TSC's Facebook page and website. The analytical framework of the study consisted of three main elements: 1) social media with an emphasis on Facebook as an application, 2) a performing arts organization (TSC) with an emphasis on the aspect of a "difficult brand", and 3) fans as a specific stakeholder group. Findings and Conclusions: The study resulted in four main findings: 1) the fans expect TSC to provide more meaningful and in-depth content and 2) to discover "a new way" to be present in social media, and that 3) TSC's Facebook page fosters dialogue and engages with the fans only on a satisfactory level despite the fans' great interest in TSC. Finally, the findings demonstrated that 4) there are four factors that affect and possibly limit TSC's social media presence: lack of resources, having a presence under the company entity (i.e. TSC), founder Tero Saarinen's personal views on social media and TSC's strict art-centric focus in its activities. The findings suggest that the case organization should invest especially in providing its fans meaningful and engaging content and improve its Facebook page towards a social media channel that fosters two-way communication, discussion and interaction with the fans. en
dc.format.extent 129
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Dancing on Facebook - A case study of a performing arts organization's social media presence en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Viestinnän laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Communication en
dc.subject.keyword social media
dc.subject.keyword Facebook
dc.subject.keyword arts marketing
dc.subject.keyword performing arts organizations
dc.subject.keyword international business communication
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201505072572
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major International Business Communication en
dc.programme.major International Business Communication fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon viestintä
dc.subject.helecon communication
dc.subject.helecon yritysviestintä
dc.subject.helecon business communication
dc.subject.helecon kansainvälinen
dc.subject.helecon international
dc.subject.helecon sosiaalinen media
dc.subject.helecon social media
dc.subject.helecon kulttuurin markkinointi
dc.subject.helecon arts marketing
dc.subject.helecon taide
dc.subject.helecon arts
dc.ethesisid 13922
dc.date.dateaccepted 2015-04-07
dc.location P1 I

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