Social media and corporate reputation during crises: the viability of video-sharing websites for providing counter-messages to traditional broadcast news
Journal of Applied Communication Research
exemplification theory, food safety, Public relations, risk communication, video-sharing websites
© 2016 National Communication Association. ABSTRACT: Exemplification, or the use of highly emotional and arousing messages to elicit responses based on impression formation, has been shown to influence perceptions of events, individuals, and organizations. News coverage concerning the use of lean finely textured beef (LFTB) is one such example, and anecdotal evidence suggests that this coverage may have had a negative impact on public perception of the manufacturers producing LFTB. The current study examined the use of social media (specifically video-sharing sites) as a means of combating the negative effects of exemplars concerning LFTB. Respondents reported their perceptions of threat severity, susceptibility, behavioral intentions to avoid LFTB, and perceptions of organizational trust and reputation associated with the manufacturer. The findings are consistent with exemplification theory and indicate that message ordering can influence exemplification effects. Results are discussed in terms of implications for public relations and risk communication.
Spence, Patric R.; Sellnow-Richmond, Deborah D.; Sellnow, Timothy L.; and Lachlan, Kenneth A., "Social media and corporate reputation during crises: the viability of video-sharing websites for providing counter-messages to traditional broadcast news" (2016). Faculty Bibliography. 2988.