What and How to Communicate CSR? The Role of CSR fit, Modality Interactivity, and Message Interactivity on Social Networking Sites

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Abstract

The current study explored how organizations can build credibility of their CSR communication in social media. In particular the study investigated the role of CSR fit, modality interactivity and message interactivity through a 2 × 2 × 3 experimental design (N = 299). The results suggest that promoting CSR activities with a good fit for the organization leads to greater credibility. Message interactivity also leads to greater credibility perception by way of imbuing a sense of social presence and openness to communication; however, modality interactivity did not significantly influence credibility. Additional analysis suggests an interaction between CSR fit and message interactivity that makes fit critical in low-interactivity settings. Implications for public relations research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-747
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Promotion Management
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2017

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Social networking sites
Interactivity
Corporate Social Responsibility
Credibility
Openness
Social media
Social presence
Interaction
CSR communication
Experimental design
Communication
Public relations

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Marketing

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