The art of engagement: dialogic strategies on Twitter
Journal of Communication Management
The purpose of this paper is to explore how the dialogic theory of public relations can help strategic communication practitioners support and enhance the relationship between individuals and organizations.
This inquiry applied the dialogic theory of public relations by investigating leading media companies’ context-based strategic use of Twitter. Researchers conducted a qualitative content analysis of 1,800 tweets from 18 top-performing media organizations.
This study identified strategies, rooted in dialogic theoretical principles that media organizations used to engage stakeholders. Media companies employed strategies based on dialogic principles, including promoting organizations as industry and thought leaders, integrating social media, and using an interactive, synergistic organizational voice.
These strategies support the need to expand theoretical conceptualizations and use of dialogic principles to study online communication.
Findings offer practical strategies for practitioners managing organizations’ Twitter communication to foster engagement. In particular, practitioners should consider organizational context and subsequent content advantages.
Findings offer practical and theoretical contributions to the debate of interactivity.
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Levenshus, Abbey and Sundstrom, Beth, "The art of engagement: dialogic strategies on Twitter" (2017). Scholarship and Professional Work - Communication. 161.