Infusing Social Media with Humanity: Corporate Character, Public Engagement and Relational Outcomes

This post by Rita Men originally appeared on the Institute for Public Relations on Sept. 9, 2015.

This study links the factors central to social media communications, including perceived corporate character, parasocial interaction, and community identification, to public engagement and organization–public relationships. Based on American users’ engagement behaviors on corporate Facebook pages, the study underscores the effectiveness of a personification approach in social media communication to construct an agreeable corporate character for enhancing public engagement and inducing intimate, interpersonal interactions and community identification, which in turn improves organization-public relationships.

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