G5 Doctoral dissertation (article)
Flourishing digital content marketing communication : engaging consumers with attractiveness, benevolence, and cogency (2020)

Taiminen, K. (2020). Flourishing digital content marketing communication : engaging consumers with attractiveness, benevolence, and cogency [Doctoral dissertation]. Jyväskylän yliopisto. JYU dissertations, 314. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-8381-9

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Taiminen, Kimmo

eISBN: 978-951-39-8381-9

Journal or series: JYU dissertations

eISSN: 2489-9003

Publication year: 2020

Number in series: 314

Number of pages in the book: 1 verkkoaineisto (61 sivua, 63 sivua useina numerointijaksoina)

Publisher: Jyväskylän yliopisto

Place of Publication: Jyväskylä

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-8381-9

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel


Digital content marketing (DCM) arises from the need to connect with information-overloaded, advertising-reluctant customers and prospects. DCM is primarily about engagement and becoming meaningful by making a difference in a consumers’ life. This dissertation scrutinizes DCM as an authenticity-based communication activity by focusing on three perspectives: 1) a pull marketing orientation, 2) helpfulness, and 3) transparency. To explore the roles of the first two DCM elements, empirical data are gathered using online surveys among DCM consumers, and the data are analyzed using structural equations modeling. The role of a brand’s transparency is approached through practitioner interviews and utilizing thematic analysis. The roles of these elements are supported by the dissertation findings as follows. High attraction is shown to encourage consumers’ favorable brand-related meaning making through the frequent interaction mechanism. For less attracted consumers, the mechanism is exposure-based affect transfer from the content to the brand. This indicates that highly attracted consumers invest more in brand-related processing, which implies increased brand engagement. Brand engagement is shown to be a necessity for converting brand-related DCM perceptions into relationship value. To aid favorable brand engagement, authenticity, and trust, this dissertation reveals the potential of several helpful and transparent communicative brand actions in DCM and ends up redefining DCM from the communicative perspective. Based on the results, attraction, benevolence, and cogency are suggested to form the basis for DCM engagement and authentic relationship building through DCM. Attractiveness arises from DCM that consistently resonates with the audience’s needs and wants. Benevolence arises from DCM that signals a genuine intent to act for the benefit of the audience. Cogency arises from signals, which foster con-sumer topical understanding and the authentic authority-position of the brand. This dissertation concludes that, when brands act on these principles, different brand-originated digital content creation forms (including native advertising) can potentially represent the true DCM ideology.

Keywords: marketing; social media; content production; digital marketing; relationship marketing; consumers; committing someone; meaningfulness; transparency; authenticity; brands; interaction

Free keywords: content marketing; relationship marketing; engagement; authenticity; transparency

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Reporting Year: 2020

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