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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620460
Title:
An investigation of the online presence of UK universities on Instagram
Authors:
Stuart, Emma; Stuart, David; Thelwall, Mike ( 0000-0001-6065-205X )
Abstract:
Purpose – Rising tuition fees and a growing importance on league tables has meant that university branding is becoming more of a necessity to attract prospective staff, students, and funding. Whilst university websites are an important branding tool, academic institutions are also beginning to exploit social media. Image-based social media services such as Instagram are particularly popular at the moment. It is therefore logical for universities to have a presence on popular image-based social media services such as Instagram. This paper investigates the online presence of UK universities on Instagram in an initial investigation of use. Design/Methodology/Approach – This study utilizes webometric data collection, and content analysis methodology. Findings – The results indicate that at the time of data analysis for this investigation (Spring, 2015), UK universities had a limited presence on Instagram for general university accounts, with only 51 out of 128 institutions having an account. The most common types of images posted were humanizing (31.0%), showcasing (28.8%), and orienting (14.3%). Orienting images were more likely to receive likes than other image types, and crowdsourcing images were more likely to receive comments. Originality/Value – This paper gives a valuable insight into the image posting practices of UK universities on Instagram. The findings are of value to heads of marketing, online content creators, social media campaign managers, and anyone who is responsible for the marketing, branding, and promoting of a university’s services.
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Online Information Review
Issue Date:
Aug-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620460
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/oir
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1468-4527
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorStuart, Emmaen
dc.contributor.authorStuart, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mikeen
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-26T13:32:08Z-
dc.date.available2017-04-26T13:32:08Z-
dc.date.issued2017-08-
dc.identifier.issn1468-4527en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620460-
dc.description.abstractPurpose – Rising tuition fees and a growing importance on league tables has meant that university branding is becoming more of a necessity to attract prospective staff, students, and funding. Whilst university websites are an important branding tool, academic institutions are also beginning to exploit social media. Image-based social media services such as Instagram are particularly popular at the moment. It is therefore logical for universities to have a presence on popular image-based social media services such as Instagram. This paper investigates the online presence of UK universities on Instagram in an initial investigation of use. Design/Methodology/Approach – This study utilizes webometric data collection, and content analysis methodology. Findings – The results indicate that at the time of data analysis for this investigation (Spring, 2015), UK universities had a limited presence on Instagram for general university accounts, with only 51 out of 128 institutions having an account. The most common types of images posted were humanizing (31.0%), showcasing (28.8%), and orienting (14.3%). Orienting images were more likely to receive likes than other image types, and crowdsourcing images were more likely to receive comments. Originality/Value – This paper gives a valuable insight into the image posting practices of UK universities on Instagram. The findings are of value to heads of marketing, online content creators, social media campaign managers, and anyone who is responsible for the marketing, branding, and promoting of a university’s services.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/oiren
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectSocial mediaen
dc.subjectInstagramen
dc.subjectimagesen
dc.subjectuniversitiesen
dc.subjectcontent analysisen
dc.titleAn investigation of the online presence of UK universities on Instagramen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalOnline Information Reviewen
dc.date.accepted2017-04-
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rioxxterms.identifier.projectUoW260417ESen
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0en
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-08-01en
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