TOURISMOS: An International Multidisciplinary Refereed Journal of Tourism


 

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Volume 12, Number 3, 2017

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Research Papers:

 

THE VISUAL TURN IN SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

Ulrike Gretzeĺ

This paper describes recent changes in social media platforms and camera technologies that are ringing in a new era of social media practices. It specifically portrays the premises and promises of visual content sharing platforms such as Instagram, livecasting platforms like Periscope and the multi-media messaging app Snapchat. It argues that, as a result of shifts in the social media landscape, new social media marketing approaches are needed. It outlines opportunities and challenges for tourism marketers in taking advantage of new visual trends and calls for a better understanding of tourists’ visual content creation and visual social media use behaviours to inform tourism marketing practice.

 

FROM COMMENTS TO HASHTAGS STRATEGIES: ENHANCING CRUISE COMMUNICATION IN FACEBOOK AND TWITTER            

Teresa Tiago, João Pedro Couto, Flávio Tiago & Sandra Dias Faria    

Web 2.0 allows firms to implement innovative forms of communication and co- creation with customers. Despite the value of social media for tourism, few researchers have analyzed the content strategies of cruise lines on Facebook and Twitter. This study contributes by introducing a new approach to content strategy development, proposing a concept for firms to enhance their social media activity - STAR model – applied to three major cruise lines’ social media activity. Digital activity was proven to be quite different among company websites, Facebook and Twitter, and among the Norwegian, Princess and Disney Cruise lines. Companies tend to have its own base of fans and followers, but these have a common language, reflected in their hashtags. Results show that to have a content-oriented strategy that maximizes engagement in social media, a cruise line should share rich multimedia content that leverages storytelling values and that can be used on multiple platforms.

 

THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON TRAVELERS 2.0  

Emmanouil Stiakakis & Maro Vlachopouloú 

Social Media (SM) are one of the latest and most typical examples of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), which have been widely adopted in the tourism industry at all stages of a trip. The objective of this paper is to investigate the impact of SM on travelers 2.0, as well as their views concerning relevant issues. A survey was conducted to analyze the behavior of travelers 2.0, using a sample of 250 individuals from October to November 2013. The research findings revealed that the reasons for which travelers 2.0 use SM depend on each stage of the trip. Travelers 2.0 are influenced by the different elements / services provided through SM, but to a different extent; as this influence increases, it is more likely that holiday plans will be altered accordingly. Despite the influence of SM on travelers 2.0, they still have not gained their confidence and trust.

MUSEUMS ON FACEBOOK W ALL: A CASE THESSALONIKI’S MUSEUMS

Aspasia Vlachvei & Andreas Kyparissis

The objective of this study is two-fold: first, to review the academic literature pertaining to social media strategies, in case of museums, and second, to provide and empirical analysis of the role of social media within marketing and communication strategies. We use first the suggested by the literature metrics, to evaluate the museums’ efforts and to measure the stakeholder engagement, and second a content analysis is conducted, in order to explore how museums use their Profile on Facebook to support their marketing and communication strategies. In order to achieve the above research aims, we use data from Facebook pages of the four main museums of Thessaloniki, Greece over a whole year 2014 period. According to our results, museums’ main efforts focus on promotion, communication and word of mouth, while they don’t support enough yet innovation (through motivation of fans to suggest new products and services, or co-creation) and reputation (by motivating dialogue with fans and monitoring comments.

 

MUSEUMS & CULTURAL HERITAGE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: AN INTEGRATED LITERATURE REVIEW

Chris A. Vassiliadis & Zoe - Charis Beleniotií

Museums are increasingly using social media to include newer active experiences and entertainment. Not only does this digital shift provide a cost- effective, targeted and direct communication with the audience, but it also expands the museum experience beyond the borders of time and place. Although social media has triggered the attention of scholars, no previous study has classified the main ways in which social media affect museums. Drawing on a review of 54 papers this paper both categorizes and presents four major effects. The first effect relates to the opportunities of social media to museum experience and communication. The second effect is the social media enhancement to museums’ learning process. The third effect analyses patterns of social media use in museums. The fourth effect involves both the problems and the barriers attendant to social media integration in museums. This study contributes by presenting new theoretical insights, research topics and managerial implications.

 


 




 

 

 

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