Social media marketing of brands in the COVID-19 pandemic: Exploring the crisis-related content
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CitationTosun, P. (04-11-2022). Social Media Marketing of Brands in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Exploring the Crisis-Related Content. In Ş. Omeraki Çekirdekci, Ö. İngün Karkış, & S. Gönültaş (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Threats and Impacts of Pandemics (pp. 61-82). IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-8674-7.ch004
This chapter explores the social media marketing communication of brands in the first days of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak within the theoretical framework provided by signaling theory. The social media content of six Turkish brands was examined by content analysis. The findings have shown that brands shared posts in four themes: brand promotion, brand's COVID-19 messages, product promotion, and special day posts. Brands integrated the COVID-19 agenda in their social media communication in two ways. First, they designed and shared posts that focused solely on the pandemic. These COVID-19-related posts constituted a separate category that did not include any direct relevance to the brands' promotion activities. Second, they added COVID-19-related points in their social media posts. This study provides valuable findings for marketing practitioners and academicians regarding social media communication in a global health crisis.