Recruit, Retain and Report: UK Universities’ Strategic Communication with Stakeholders on Twitter
Strategic Corporate Communication in the Digital Age
ISBN: 978-1-80071-265-2, eISBN: 978-1-80071-264-5
Publication date: 19 February 2021
Like many other organizations, universities are using social media to engage with their stakeholders as they have varying interests and commitments. This chapter focuses on strategic communication and stakeholder engagement by UK universities on Twitter. It presents a descriptive study about their engagement on Twitter in terms of their followers, number of tweets, etc. In addition, it analyzes the tweets’ content to identify British universities’ communication strategies. Hence, the results revealed a thematic model in the form of an interrelated conceptual theory that comprises three strands of communication: (i) recruiting prospective students, (ii) retaining present students and staff, and (iii) reporting activities and media coverage. This contribution presents implications for university marketing communication managers who are involved in student recruitment and/or in managing relationships with stakeholders.
Mogaji, E., Watat, J.K., Olaleye, S.A. and Ukpabi, D. (2021), "Recruit, Retain and Report: UK Universities’ Strategic Communication with Stakeholders on Twitter", Camilleri, M.A. (Ed.) Strategic Corporate Communication in the Digital Age, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 89-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80071-264-520211006
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