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dc.contributor.advisorPhillips, Barbara
dc.contributor.advisorDelbaere , Marjorie
dc.creatorMichael, Brittany
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-09T20:56:31Z
dc.date.available2019-08-09T20:56:31Z
dc.date.created2019-06
dc.date.issued2019-08-09
dc.date.submittedJune 2019
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/12253
dc.description.abstractSocial media has had a significant impact on current branding practices. As a result of this changing environment, brand managers are no longer sole providers of a brand’s communication messages. Specifically, consumers are now interacting with brands, media, and each other through various social media platforms. A distinct group of people who bring brands and consumers together are Social Media Influencers (SMIs). This research proposes that SMIs act as a route to brand engagement. To study this area, I bring together literature on brand engagement and SMIs and determine if and how, SMIs act as a route to brand engagement for their followers. To explore this idea, I used textual consumer comments from YouTube videos and conducted a mixed methods research design, with a focus on Automated Textual Analysis. Results revealed that SMIs do indeed act as a route to brand engagement for their followers. It is through the trust and honesty that already exists between an influencer and their followers that their followers seek out and consider the Influencer’s specific product recommendations. Their followers then take and use these recommendations when making their own purchasing decisions. These results not only advance theory in this area, but also have managerial implications regarding best practices for brand managers working with SMIs.
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dc.subjectSocial Media Influencers
dc.subjectBrand Engagement
dc.titleSocial Media Influencers: A Route to Brand Engagement for their Followers
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2019-08-09T20:56:32Z
thesis.degree.departmentMarketing
thesis.degree.disciplineMarketing
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewan
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
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dc.contributor.committeeMemberWilliams, David
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVassileva, Julita


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