To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Domains of influence: exploring negative sentiment in social media

Tony Cooper (Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing, College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Constantino Stavros (Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing, College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Angela R. Dobele (Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing, College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Journal of Product & Brand Management

ISSN: 1061-0421

Article publication date: 19 February 2019

Issue publication date: 6 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to empirically examine the manner in which companies mitigate negative sentiment in social media and to map the forces that may lead to pre-emptive strategies.

Design/methodology/approach

Case studies were drawn from the retail fashion industry using data collected from semi-structured, in-depth interviews with practitioners and a netnographic examination of company artefacts and social media conversations.

Findings

The findings identify five principal domains of influence upon which the firms based their approach to social media negativity. The authors suggest that these domains can be fundamentally categorised as either relational domains built on human exchanges or transformational domains rooted in less tangible elements of corporate culture and operational practices that can have a significant impact upon a brand’s socially mediated exchanges.

Practical implications

The research provides guidance based on empirical observation of effective strategies utilised by firms, emphasising robust systems integration, a holistic management ethos, and leveraging of third-party alliances.

Originality/value

Bringing together disparate cross-disciplinary elements, the research contributes to knowledge by highlighting opportunities for the development of a proactive rather than reactive approach to online brand negativity and deepens the understanding of applied brand management techniques adopted to address negative social media encounters. The authors provide a series of contemporary and empirically grounded recommendations for practitioners that offer substantive insights.

Keywords

Citation

Cooper, T., Stavros, C. and Dobele, A.R. (2019), "Domains of influence: exploring negative sentiment in social media", Journal of Product & Brand Management, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 684-699. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBM-03-2018-1820

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited