Publication details for Professor Claire WarwickCarim, L. & Warwick, C. (2013). Use of social media for corporate communications by research-funding organisations in the UK. Public Relations Review 39(5): 521-525.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0363-8111
- DOI: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2013.08.006
- Keywords: Social media, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Corporate communications, Web 2.0.
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
This research sought to explore the implications of social media for organisations’ business functions, to help inform organisational approaches to challenges presented by social media. UK-based research-funding bodies provided the focus of this study, and a literature review, quantitative survey and focus groups involving relevant communications professionals were undertaken. Findings show that most UK-based research-funding organisations have adopted social media channels for corporate communications, drawing chiefly on microblogging, video-sharing and social networking sites. Building a dialogue with stakeholders is a prime reason for using social channels, yet one-way ‘broadcasting’ of information is widespread. Web, media or communications/marketing teams generally manage social media channels. A minority of organisations have policies governing social media use by staff. Social media performance is mainly measured using quantitative metrics.