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Using social media for public health emergency


Balogun, B and Yang, Lin and Kemp, N and Hogden, A and Agaliotis, M, Using social media for public health emergency, Proceedings of the 2022 ANZMAC Reconnect & Reimagine Conference, 05-07 December 2022, Perth, pp. 1 piece- abstract. (2022) [Conference Extract]

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This study aims to (i) investigate the characteristics of health messages from public health agencies via their social media channels during pandemics, and (ii) identify the factors influencing how recipients engage with and respond to these messages. We reviewed 85 journal articles after screening seven academic databases with relevant keywords up to March 2022. These articles are empirical studies using data from seven social media platforms, covering four pandemics. This review shows that the articles studied six core areas to assess health messages and customer engagement: mask wearing, vaccine trial, misinformation fact-checking, routine mass asymptomatic testing, physical distancing, and stay-at-home order. Five factors characterised health messages and influenced engagement namely - source, content, subject, richness, and tone. Supply often fell short of demand, thereby weakening engagement. These preliminary findings indicate the need for more proactiveness from public health agencies to nurture and sustain customer engagement in their social media health messages.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:social media, public health emergency, customer engagement
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Marketing
Research Field:Consumer behaviour
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Balogun, B (Dr Babatunde Balogun)
UTAS Author:Yang, Lin (Dr Lin Yang)
UTAS Author:Kemp, N (Associate Professor Nenagh Kemp)
UTAS Author:Hogden, A (Dr Anne Hogden)
UTAS Author:Agaliotis, M (Dr Maria Agaliotis)
ID Code:154847
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2023-01-13
Last Modified:2023-01-13

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