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The selfie phenomenon – consumer identities in the social media marketplace

Richard Kedzior (School of Management, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA)
Douglas E. Allen (School of Management, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA)
Jonathan Schroeder (School of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA)

European Journal of Marketing

ISSN: 0309-0566

Article publication date: 12 September 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to outline the contributions presented in this special section on the selfie phenomenon and its significance for marketing practice and scholarship.

Design/methodology/approach

The significance of the topic is reviewed and themes related to the selfie phenomenon and marketplace issues are discussed in connection with extant research. The contributions of each paper are briefly highlighted and discussed.

Findings

Although the selfie is a relatively new phenomenon, both marketing practice and scholarship have noticed its prominence in consumer lives and potential for generating marketplace insights. Despite its frequently presumed triviality, the selfie is a multifaceted phenomenon of significance to key marketing areas such as branding, consumer behavior or market research. Possible avenues for future research are outlined.

Originality/value

Key issues relating to research into the selfie phenomenon for marketing scholars are illuminated.

Keywords

Citation

Kedzior, R., Allen, D.E. and Schroeder, J. (2016), "The selfie phenomenon – consumer identities in the social media marketplace", European Journal of Marketing, Vol. 50 No. 9/10, pp. 1767-1772. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJM-06-2016-0363

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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